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Both delicate and tough

Fr. Roy Cimagala . ESPECIALLY in discussing highly contentious issues, like the political and social ones, all parties involved should try to be both delicate and tough. This is how we can conduct our discussions in a way that is positive, fruitful and constructive. We need to be delicate because ...

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The legal personality of nature

Dominador Awiten . AN Indian medicine person’s wisdom eloquently encapsulates the reciprocity of nature and ourselves: “Nature gives us everything for free. Nature doesn’t charge us any money. All nature asks of us is that we protect it.” In other words, our relationship with nature is symbiotic and is invested ...

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More than what we deserve

Fr. Roy Cimagala . IF we truly love one another as Christ commanded us, that is, in the way he himself has loved us, (cfr. Jn 13,34) then we haveto love everyone in such a way that we love and serve them more than what we think they deserve. That ...

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When subways trump airports

Brady Eviota . BERN, Switzerland – With a little time on my hands, I made online investigations on an infrastructure project of the Duterte administration that had caught my interest because it was literally groundbreaking. The Metro Manila Subway Project will cover 36 kilometers underground, stretching from Valenzuela on the ...

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Unjustified salary grade

Egay Uy . DURING the flag raising ceremony at City Hall last Monday, I had a brief chat with Doy Ramiro, the president of volunteer group CRCD and is now handling administrative functions at the Roads and Traffic Administration.  As many may have known, I recruited Doy to join me ...

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Handling the truth

Netnet Camomot . IN the movie, “A Few Good Men,” Col. Nathan Jessup (Jack Nicholson) says, “You can’t handle the truth!” But Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio was probably thinking of Billy Joel’s “Honesty is such a lonely word” when she issued a statement on Wednesday last week, accusing again ...

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Honesty, that lonely word

Cong Corrales . “Honesty is such a lonely word. Everyone is so untrue.” — Billy Joel, Honesty from the album 52nd Street MANY raised their eyebrows a week ago when presidential daughter and Davao Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio told reporters that honesty is not an election issue. Her attempt to downplay ...

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Cocaine invasion

William Adan . NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental – President Duterte announced recently that the Colombian drug cartels are already in the country. This is apparently evidenced  by the several bricks of cocaine  found drifting in the archipelago’s eastern seaboard – from Quezon province down to  Siargao and Davao coast. If true, ...

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What lies ahead for the BTA?

Michael Henry Yusingco . REPUBLIC Act No. 11054 or the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (hereafter referred to as BOL) is essentially an overhaul of the current regional autonomy framework and without a doubt the transition will be extremely challenging. Needless to say, the newly ...

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Primary care and urgent care

Ike Señeres . AS defined by Wikipedia, primary care refers to essential healthcare that is makes universal healthcare accessible to all individuals and families in a community. Although the definition of what is essential could still be debatable in this case, there is clearly no debate about the subject of ...

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