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From exodus to return

Samira Ali Gutoc HERE’S the timeline of events: December 2016: The Presidential Security Guard convoy of President Duterte experienced an armed incident entering Marawi. President Duterte visited Butig town accompanied by local leaders, and urged the Maute Group to leave the main area of the town of Butig, i.e. municipal ...

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From Casa Real to City Hall

A. Paulita Roa First of two parts THE City of Cagayan de Oro is centrally located on the northern coast of Mindanao facing the Visayas Islands. Because of its prime geographical location, the city has a rich political history that dates back from the Spanish colonial period to the present ...

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Everything can be an occasion

Fr. Roy Cimagala FOR anything, that is. Since we are intelligent and free beings, we can turn everything in our life into an occasion for good or evil. But if we have the proper understanding of the purpose of our life here on earth, we should realize that everything can ...

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Gone berserk

Bencyrus Ellorin FOR the longest time, residents of the western part of the city have been suffering from the poor services of the Cagayan de Oro Water District (COWD). But if it’s any consolation, residents of upland barangays have yet to enjoy the convenience of water delivered right into the ...

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Civility

Ric Maulion “Shouting is an effective communication… in the forest.”   I AM retired from the government after serving for roughly three decades. I started as an executive secretary to the director in-charge of all correspondence for DAR in Region 10  and became a municipal agrarian reform officer  assigned in ...

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Partial return

Samira Ali Gutoc ILIGAN City — Assalam. For lack of time, here are my open forum inputs during the Department of Health’s Task Force on Return to Marawi Planning on Friday. After that fateful day, May 23, when government had no forced evacuation plan, thank you for this return plan ...

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New normal

Netnet Camomot THE Marawi siege is finally over as announced by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana last Monday—yes, on its fifth “monthsary” no less. We could almost hear the Maranaos’ deep sigh of relief as they now prepare to return to their hometown and brace themselves for what lies ahead once ...

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On FOI Bill: Where do Filipinos stand?

By Ma. Cristina Arayata Philippine News Agency IT has been more than a year since the Executive Order No. 2 or the Right to Information was signed. The Freedom of Information Bill, on the other hand, is yet to be passed. How do Filipinos, government agencies see the FOI and ...

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Memory lane

Cong Corrales A FEW days before my death, I was born. I died in mid-March of 1974 in Annex II of the then Northern Mindanao Regional Training Hospital. Doctors were only able to revive me after they “cut down” a major artery in my lower leg. I have so many ...

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The go-bag of charity

Fr. Roy Cimagala WE are now living in very exciting times. On the one hand, we have many developments taking place, offering us with increasing challenges and opportunities. If we are ready for them, we can actually take advantage of them. On the other hand, we are experiencing a growing ...

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