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Goodbye, Butuan; hello, world!

Churchill Aguilar . LET me flex my muscles once again as I make a comeback to writing and again share my take both on local issues and national concerns especially in these trying times. You see, I was out of the loop for awhile, nine months to be exact, when ...

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Who says we are ready to go federal?

Manny Valdehuesa . A FEDERAL system presupposes the existence of regions or provinces that demonstrate a) that they are capable of, or already practice, a modicum of autonomy or self-government, b) that they desire to enter into an agreement with other regions to form a national government that shall oversee ...

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Gloating is never right

Fr. Roy Cimagala . TO gloat is “contemplate or dwell on one’s own success or another’s misfortune with smugness or malignant pleasure.” It’s never a good thing to do, yet nowadays many people often fall precisely into that. They flaunt their achievements, they strut their stuff, they even show off ...

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‘Storm Beja’ brewing

Herbie Gomez.   THE week ended with a bang — with the announcement that the general manager of the Cagayan de Oro Water District, Engr. Rachel Beja, was fired by the board of directors of the utility effective March 1. The reason given was “loss of trust and confidence.” Well, ...

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Five questions

Netnet Camomot. IT’S almost spring in some parts of the globe, making spring cleaning the most appropriate activity for the season despite the fact that Pinas has only two—sunshine and rain, sunny and rainy, hot and cold, dry and wet, with that last word preferred by lovers who still have ...

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Getting out from poverty

William Adan. NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental – When I was in the grades, one of the first songs I easily learned to sing was “Bahay Kubo.” The song goes: Bahay kubo kahit munti Ang halaman doon ay sari-sari: Singkamas at talong, sigarillas at mani, Sitaw, bataw, patani. Kundol, patola, upo’t kalabasa ...

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Mandate to fail

Pat Diaz.   GENERAL Santos City — At the Feb. 27 Senate hearing, the senators heaped blame on the NFA (National Food Authority), particularly on Chairman Jayson L. Y. Aquino, for the shortage of NFA rice supply and for the price in the market to spike by announcing the shortage. ...

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Disruption of poverty measures

Ike Señeres. I DEVELOPED a mnemonic device so that we could easily remember the five poverty indicators used in the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) namely Floor, Assets, Cooking Fuel, Electricity, Toilets and Safe Water (Facets). As an incurable optimist, I believe that it is theoretically possible to physically or virtually ...

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Karma, Sereno and other officials

Batas Mauricio.   THE quo warranto case seeking the setting aside of the appointment extended to Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Aranal Sereno by the then President Noynoy Aquino already reached and had been filed with the Supreme Court by Solicitor General Jose Calida. I will not dwell on the legalities ...

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