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Jovy Salonga: Man

Aquilino Pimentel Jr. THE media called him “Senator”, “Patriot”, and “Statesman”, “Super Lawyer”, “Wonderful Preacher”, etcetera. Indeed, he was all of that. But, to me Jovy was more than all the hallelujah’s that were thrown his way. He was a human being – subject to the flights of optimism and ...

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‘Bayanihan’ in Libertad

Ben Contreras MANY of the fruit trees I have planted in my small plot of land in Libertad have withered and died. More than a year of El Niño made it impossible for them to survive. But all is not lost because through a “bayanihan” effort, our neighbors there have ...

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Our most radical identity

Fr. Roy Cimagala WE need to be clear about who we really are. Before we identify ourselves by the name we bear, or by the many other data that describe our identity, like our gender, our nationality and legal status, our place and date of birth, our residence, etc., we ...

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Aquino legacy: A thwarted peace

Jake Soriano FOR a time during the presidency of Benigno Simeon Aquino III, it seemed peace in Mindanao was finally within grasp. On Oct. 5, 2012, the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) signed the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB). A crucial guiding ...

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A tortured man’s cry for justice

Fr. Joey Ganio Evangelista DIGOS City–Tagakolu farmer Orlando Engo of Sitio Matamis, Barangay Demoloc, Malita, Davao Occidental was allegedly subjected to torture by Sgt. Sandy Batolbatol of the 72nd Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army together with Special Cafgu Armed Auxiliary (SCAA) militiamen under his command last 19 February 2016. ...

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Simplicity of character

Butch Bagabuyo “Simplicity of character is the natural result of profound thoughts.” – Hazlitt PILLORIED by the self-righteous high society hypocrites for constantly cussing in public, Davao Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte a.k.a. “Punisher” exemplified erudite and immensely discerning character when he spontaneously replied, “I wish her the best.” It was his ...

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Corruption starts at election

Mariano Carrasco WHEN corrupt public officials are elected during elections through corrupt means, we would always have corrupt governments. It is therefore important that elections should be clean and closely guarded and watched by Comelec and the electoral watchdogs, the public, and the police. Since vote-buying is the most corrupt  ...

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FYI? TMI!

Netnet Camomot HMMM. The perks of old age. My sis showed her lab results to a doctor and the latter said, Considering your age, the results look great! There will come a time when our cholesterol levels are 400 and above and a doctor will say the same thing: Considering ...

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Is Mar Roxas using a government car?

Elson Elizaga ONE quick look at this photo, and we know that Manuel “Mar” Roxas II is using a government Toyota Hilux pickup truck for his political campaign. The plate number SKD 417 is red. The posters are yellow. The words are “Roxas” and “Daang Matuwid.” Bingo. Or is he? ...

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Tourism vs terrorism

Ruffy Magbanua ADMITTEDLY, what impedes the tourism growth  in Mindanao is not the lack of world-class infrastructure but the continuing threat of terrorism. The beauty and charm of Mindanao is confidently beyond question. What is in question perhaps is how to corner that elusive peace this beautiful island has been searching ...

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