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Of gambling and BBL

“By gaming we lose both our time and treasure – two things most precious to the life of man.” – Felltham “PCSO mulls more lottery games.” – headline DO you know that before Martial Law, gambling was a crime and punishable by both imprisonment and fine under Articles 195-199 of ...

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The lizard is now a baby

IT was 2 am yesterday and the lizard in the bedroom was singing. I tried to google for the reason why it sings, and the first trivia I found interesting was this reply for what to call a lizard that sings. It’s a rap-tile. Ah, hehe. I don’t like lizards ...

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Better men

THE peril of fraternities/brotherhoods lies in its inability to slow down in its recruitment for new members. Thus, quality is sacrificed. Way back in the ’70s, there were only two Lodges in the city, the Maguindanao and Macajalar. In 1975, I knocked and was accepted. I tried to be a ...

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God, strike down these liars!

EXPERTS have shown how the Smartmatic PCOS system is inferior to the “Patas” and “Tapat” systems that are both astronomically cheaper than the Smartmatic system. The Commission on Elections bosses are saying that Smartmatic’s system is best because it is not a hybrid system. But that is a lie. PCOS ...

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Anti-BBL

GENERAL Santos City––“CR” is Senate “Committee Report 200” or Senate Bill No. 2894, the substitute to SB No. 2408 or the original Draft Bangsamoro Basic Law. Submitted to the Senate last Monday with 17 senators signing, the bill was sponsored by its author, Sen. Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr., at the ...

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A healthy superiority complex

WE, of course, should be simple and humble, meek and with fondness to pass unnoticed. We are in fact told, if we care to follow Christ, to deny ourselves and carry the cross. We should not seek self-assertion and self-glorification. As St. Paul would put it: “We have become, and ...

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We need authentic parties

THE poor state of politics in our city and province (and country, for that matter!) is the outcome of a failed party system. Political parties are the pillars of a democratic political system. In turn, the pillars of a party system are party leaders with a commitment to the democratic ...

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Feeling privileged

ON Saturday, there was this motorcade by a certain fraternity I caught up with at Gaston Park. There’s nothing wrong to be with a fraternity but there was something about how its members behaved. They were yelling, revving up their motorcycles as if they own the world. And to top ...

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Roman: Enemy of the State (2)

Conclusion ONE particularly humid afternoon of August 1986, a local Sanga sa Partido called for a meeting. Roman was at the other side of Agdao—there were no cell phones then, messages were sent by trusted “liaison” officers—when the memo came. He had just finished a “mission” that day and had forgotten ...

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Who’s afraid of China

FOR the past two years, China has embarked on an aggressive encroachment of the East China and South China Seas and the islands and reefs in those waters. And her neighbors aren’t happy about China’s bullying and salami-slicing techniques. But the most disadvantaged among China’s neighbors is the Philippines, which ...

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