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One-of-a-kind grit

Ruffy Magbanua / AFTER just one year in office, President Digong Duterte has left a convincing impression that he is a one-of-a-kind public persona – a determined leader with a peculiar character:  a no-nonsense, no-matter-what attitude. Sizing him up close, Duterte’s aggressive language and violent tactics are proof of his toughness ...

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Rich and infamous

Netnet Camomot / IF there’s one Senate inquiry I’m waiting for, it’s the he-said-she-said battle of the strain-less for the Comelec chairman and his estranged wife. A Facebook post did say she’s the strange wife. I guess that was for her third eye. The Comelec chair’s brother, who’s a doctor, ...

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Federal and parliamentary

Ike Señeres / WE often hear people proposing either the federal form of government or the parliamentary form, and we often wonder whether they are one and the same. As I see it however, the two are different from each other, but that does not mean that they could not ...

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How are we, MaraWE?

Samira Ali Gutoc / ILIGAN City–On our 80th day of the Marawi crisis, the lingering question on when to return to Marawi remains unanswered. Another mortar incident on the Marawi outskirts towards border of Marantao town douses our hopes as bakwits to return, to set foot on our beloved cool ...

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Are you crazy?

Cong Corrales / “Sinong dakila? Sino ang tunay na baliw? Yaong bang sinilang, na ang pag-iisip di lubos? O husto ang isip, ngunit sa pag-ibig ay kapos.” – Basil Valdez, Sino ang Tunay na Baliw WE are living in the 21st century, for crying out loud! We are not in the ...

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Wife vs hubby: Plot thickens

Nora Sorino / ILIGAN City–“Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.” At first it seemed just like that — trouble at the domestic front. We’re talking of course of the couple or rather, their messy “uncoupling.” Yes, I mean Comelec chair Andres Bautista and wife Patricia. These days, their ...

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Dissecting Duterte

Ruffy Magbanua / WITH all the hullabaloos about President Duterte’s manner of speaking, a book was recently launched by communications gurus in an attempt to find out what’s in the mind of the President and why he badmouths in public like no other. Dissecting the President’s language has several takes, depending ...

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Where’s everyone?

Ben  Contreras / IT’S not about tinted cars that make it difficult to drive at night especially when it’s raining. It’s about lack of street lamps and too much motorelas and trisikads that force some motorists to drive unnecessarily slow. This is the situation in Puerto, Bugo, Tablon and Agusan. ...

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Disclosures meant to oust Bautista?

Batas  Mauricio / I ALREADY read the affidavit of Patricia Bautista detailing her alleged discoveries of the wealth of Chairman Juan Andres Bautista of the Commission on Elections, and my worst fears that the affidavit cannot be used to charge the chairman with graft and corruption and hidden wealth are ...

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Never say enough

Fr. Roy Cimagala / WE are, of course, aware of our limitations and many times we have to say enough. And that’s good to do. It shows we are humble and realistic enough to acknowledge them. But there’s one area in our life where we should never say enough. And ...

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