TODAY'S OPINION HEADLINES

JESSICA ZAFRA | Now What (Or, It's culture, stupid.) Tue, May 17, 2016, 4:26 PM | JESSICA ZAFRA

OPINION | What a Duterte win means for Philippines Mon, May 16, 2016, 7:42 AM | Steven Rood, The Asia Foundation

COMMENTARY | The Philippine economy in the Martial Law years and 30 years After EDSA Mon, Feb 29, 2016, 7:27 AM | Cesar Polvorosa Jr., InterAksyon.com

BUSINESS NEWS

COCKTALES | Cuisia balks at Duterte offer of term extension, cites Yasay as problem COCKTALES | Cuisia balks at Duterte offer of term extension, cites Yasay as problem Ambassador to the United States Jose Cuisia Jr. has balked at the offer from incoming President Rodrigo Duterte to extend his posting in Washington, citing…

Saudi non-oil GDP growth to slow to 2.8 percent this year: central bank chief Saudi non-oil GDP growth to slow to 2.8 percent this year: central bank chief Growth in Saudi Arabia's non-oil gross domestic product is expected to slow to 2.8 percent in 2016 from 3.4 percent in 2015, Saudi central bank…

Taiwan airline to return to normal as flight attendants end strike Taiwan airline to return to normal as flight attendants end strike All scheduled flights of Taiwan's China Airlines will return to normal Sunday after flight attendants ended their strike, according to the carrier Saturday afternoon.

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COCKTALES | John Lloyd Cruz foils attempt to market 'John Lloyd' shoes 7:19 am | Victor C Agustin, InterAksyon.com COCKTALES | John Lloyd Cruz foils attempt to market \Actor John Lloyd Cruz has thwarted an attempt by an enterprising businessman to market a "John Lloyd" shoe line.

JESSICA ZAFRA | Trapped in a Beijing metaphor 1:54 pm | Jessica Zafra, InterAksyon.com JESSICA ZAFRA | Trapped in a Beijing metaphor"The day after ASEAN foreign ministers took a swipe at Beijing and then took it back because the Malaysians didn’t want to offend Beijing, I found myself in a taxi in Beijing, in the middle of a quarrel that started over nothing."

STATEMENT | In support of the Higaonon evacuees of Lagonglong, Misamis Oriental 6:20 am | Rural Missionaries of the Philippines-Northern Mindanao Region STATEMENT | In support of the Higaonon evacuees of Lagonglong, Misamis Oriental'We wish to challenge the incoming officials elect to make it their concern when the indigenous communities, who proudly resisted the waves of colonizers, now prefer to seem like mendicants in the urban haze, feeling safer in the unfamiliar streets than in their ancestral lands.'

OP-ED | Displaced children in Zambo barred from school 9:11 am | Carlos H. Conde, Human Rights Watch OP-ED | Displaced children in Zambo barred from schoolHundreds of Filipino children living in shelters in Zamboanga City were barred from attending class when schools opened this week.

OPINION | Educators urge Duterte admin: Admit huge dropout count, review K-to-12 6:23 am | Educators Forum for Development OPINION | Educators urge Duterte admin: Admit huge dropout count, review K-to-12If education reforms are to be pursued, it must be to unconditionally develop the Filipino youth as the future drivers of genuinely inclusive economic growth in their own country and not merely as the manpower behind big businesses and global profit-seekers.

SPEECH | Aquino to Filipinos on 118th PH Independence Day: Do not take democracy for granted 12:13 pm | President Benigno Aquino III SPEECH | Aquino to Filipinos on 118th PH Independence Day: Do not take democracy for grantedThis was the speech of President Benigno Aquino III during the vin d'honneur for the 118th anniversary of the proclamation of Philippine independence at Rizal hall in Malacanang, 12 June 2016.

COCKTALES | Puregold's Lucio Co, family win P1.6B in tax refunds 6:05 am | Victor C. Agustin COCKTALES | Puregold\Puregold owner Lucio Co, his wife Susan and their children Ferdinand Vincent and Pamela Justine have just won their fight against the Bureau of Internal Revenue over P1.6 billion in capital gains tax refunds.

OP-ED | Fabella Hospital closure, privatization: Undermining mother and child care 2:16 am | ​IBON Foundation OP-ED | Fabella Hospital closure, privatization: Undermining mother and child careThe state of worsening maternal health is an alarming reflection of a poor public health system and neglect of mothers and the newborn. The impending privatization of Fabella Hospital is only the latest blow against poor mothers from a government that has a bad record of ensuring maternal health.

'I JUST WANT TO KNOW THE TRUTH' | Desaparecido's daughter writes Duterte 2:24 pm | Aya Santos, Desaparecidos \The daughter of a 'desaparecido,' or victim of enforced disappearance, writes an open letter to President-elect Rodrigo Duterte.

NGOs to ADB: Stop investing in all forms of fossil fuel and shift to renewable energy now 1:34 pm | NGO Forum on ADB NGOs to ADB: Stop investing in all forms of fossil fuel and shift to renewable energy nowEleven years after the first Asia Clean Energy Forum, the ADB continues to invest in dirty energy sources without making any meaningful shift in its operations. It should stop funding projects which disenfranchise the poor.

COCKTALES | Ongpin to build a second Balesin near Balesin 10:08 am | Victor C. Agustin COCKTALES | Ongpin to build a second Balesin near BalesinRoberto V. Ongpin is already laying the groundwork for a second, and twice-bigger, Balesin-type resort. On the neighboring island of Patnanungan, Ongpin is planning a 1,000-hectare resort-hotel complex at the southern tip of the island that, like Balesin, will have its own runway.

MARIE YUVIENCO | First things first 8:17 pm | MARIE YUVIENCO MARIE YUVIENCO | First things firstWhatever it is, I can only hope it is not grounded on settling scores or paying political debts. As he himself said, his victory signals the time to rebuild, to mend fences. A good start would probably be making good on his soundbites to include competing ideologies in his administration.

'It's about murder for whatever reason' - NUJP writes Duterte 10:56 am | National Union of Journalists of the Philippines \The NUJP writes an open letter to President-elect Rodrigo Duterte in response to the statements he made against media during his June 2 press conference.