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Let’s kill the cats

Cong Corrales / WHILE my friend and I were shooting the breeze on Friday, I noticed our ceiling was already quite decrepit. One of the ceiling boards looked like it sagged in the middle part and was ready to fall anytime. My friend, who repaired our stairway before, explained that the ...

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US-Russia historical legacy

Erick San Juan / DURING a time of crisis in US-Russia relations, it is not in vogue to talk about their shared history, a time when ideological and political differences didn’t prevent the governments and people of both countries from helping each other and contributing to bringing stability to the ...

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Penalize utilities of outages

Ruffy Magbanua / THE Movement for Blackout-free Mindanao, a volunteer watchdog for the efficient and uninterrupted delivery of power in Mindanao, has urged Congress to enact a law that would penalize Distribution Utilities (DUs) on the excessive (read: abusive) occurrences of power outages or blackouts in their franchise areas. Study shows ...

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Siege and shifting alliances

H .Marcos Mordeno / MALAYBALAY City–In the heyday of national liberation movements that sprang after World War II, repressive Third World regimes turned to the US for military assistance or were forced to receive such assistance. The Philippines, which hosted American military bases until 1991, was one of these client governments. ...

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Right problem, wrong solution

Herbie Gomez / I HAVE been giving the Duterte administration’s unusual approach in dealing with the drug menace some serious thought when it suddenly hit me — the President has, wittingly or unwittingly, weakened further the already defective criminal justice system. In order to function properly, the five pillars — ...

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Sick sense

Netnet Camomot / IN the 1999 movie, “The Sixth Sense,” Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment) finally reveals his secret: “I see dead people.” He tells this to child psychologist Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis) who then asks him, “In your dreams?” Sear shakes his head for his answer, No. Crowe: “While ...

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Breaking its cocoon

Ruffy Magbanua / FROM consumption-driven to investment-driven. By and large, this was the gist of Communications Secretary  Martin Andanar’s speech before the members of the British Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines and other investors during the “Dutertenomics” Forum. Andanar says in order for the country to break out its cocoon, ...

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Charity and technology

Ike Señeres / CHARITY is God’s love. Charity comes from God as expressed by believers. Knowledge in general and technology in particular also comes from God, and common sense should tell us that the benefits of technology should also be expressed or delivered by believers in one form or another, ...

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Mindanao roads, ports, airports up for construction

Batas Mauricio / THE Duterte government is now pursuing projects aimed at “achieving a seamless connectivity for Mindanao” through the so-called “Mindanao Development Corridors”, in which interregional roads, gateway ports and airports, and the Trans-Mindanao Highspeed Railway System will be built in the next several days, Secretary Abul Khayr Dangcal ...

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Be confident and courageous

Fr. Roy Cimagala / THERE’S really no reason to be too worried and anxious when we encounter some difficulty in our life. In fact, we have every reason to be confident and at peace, focused on what we are supposed to do. And that’s because we are always in God’s ...

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