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Forewarned is forearmed

Uriel Quilinguing . WITH extreme heat, strong wind and combustible material, fire can be produced. It can be useful. But beyond one’s control, fire can be destructive. Monday last week, just three days after the Fire Prevention Month took off in Northern Mindanao region, an afternoon fire broke out in ...

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The narrowing gender gap

William Adan . NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental – March 8 was declared by the United Nations as the International Women’s Day. The historic basis was March 8, 1917, the day when women in Russia were considered equal to men in enjoying the right of suffrage. Isn’t it ironic that the right ...

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Actions vs. words

Netnet Camomot . THE sounds of construction are still alive and kicking in our corner of the world where neighbors are either building their dream homes or renovating their home sweet home. The urge to build must be contagious since there are four ongoing construction projects in this corner and ...

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Localizing healthcare programs

Ike Señeres . A FORMER congressman told me about the tendency of some local politicians not to build local public hospitals, because they would rather have the indigents who are their voters to come to them for help, so that they could refer them to some national agencies for financial ...

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Our misery and God’s misery

Fr. Roy Cimagala . THIS is something that we should always bear in mind, never daring to take it for granted. This is the basic reality about our life, about our human condition here in this world. It is what should shape the basic attitude we have toward ourselves, toward ...

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Repentance in the context of historical injustices

Karl Gaspar . DAVAO City — As most Catholics know, Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten Period, the liturgical year of the Christian Churches lasting 40 days.  Lent is the season marked for repentance, fasting, reflection, and ultimately celebration with a commemoration of Jesus Christ’s Resurrection on Easter ...

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Through the eyes of the seafarer

Dennis Gorecho . PROTECTION of eyes is of paramount importance while working on ships. Shipboard jobs such as welding, chipping, painting, and working with hazardous material such as oil and  chemicals as well as exposure to the sun’s UV rays  pose great danger to the seafarer’s  eyes.   If an accident ...

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We are the earth

Ian Alfredo Magno . EVER heard of the concept called inter-generational responsibility?  It is the idea espoused in the Oposa doctrine, an off-shoot of the case decided by the Supreme Court way back in July 1993.  The case, dubbed as Oposa vs. Factoran, had since been viewed as a landmark ...

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Money and the spirit of poverty

Fr. Roy Cimagala . MANY times, we are given the impression that money and the Christian spirit of poverty are incompatible. To a certain extent, there is some truth to that view. Even St. Paul went to the extent of saying that, “the love of money is the root of ...

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So, Duterte has a god

Herbie Gomez . ONE thing that President Duterte has proven to citizens of this predominantly Roman Catholic country is that lightning doesn’t really strike “blasphemers” dead — although it can at times, randomly, not due to “blasphemy” but because the luckless recipient of the abrupt electric discharge from a cloud ...

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