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Thrill or threat

Netnet Camomot . “THRILLER” was on a loop at a Cagayan de Oro supermarket on Oct. 31. Its sales staff were also in Halloween mood with their costumes and makeup. “‘Cause this is thriller/Thriller night,” as I tried to choose between popcorn or peanuts, chips or cookies, or how about ...

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The mystery of the script

Cong Corrales . “Impunity thrives not so much through actively putting up obstacles to accountability. More than anything, it is nurtured by apathy and inaction of governments and people.” -Nonoy Espina, chairman, National Union of Journalists of the Philippines   IT is good that the city council’s committee on police ...

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Bomber goes on the rampage!

Perry Diaz . BORN to a Filipino father and Italian mother, 56-year-old Cesar Altieri Sayoc Jr. grew up with hardly a memory of his father since his father abandoned him as a child.  With no father to look up to, Sayoc searched the wilderness for a father figure. According to ...

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Babang Luksa: Me, my mother and death

By Jules L. Benitez Mindanews . ZAMBOANGA City — Babang Luksa is a Filipino funeral custom surrounding where relatives and friends commemorate a death one year after it took place. A generation back, this also meant that immediate families are allowed to shed the black clothing worn for a year ...

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Rufus needs no introduction

Herbie Gomez . FORMER congressman Rufus Rodriguez has nothing to prove when it comes to his qualifications. He served as a member of the provincial board of Misamis Oriental for four years, vice governor for two years, dean of the College of Law of San Sebastian for eight years, immigration ...

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Tolerating illegal things

Cesar Gorillo . IF you go to Cruz-Taal Street,  many supple female youngsters there, as young as 16 years, are plying their bodies for a one-night stand of sex with their bugaw in tow offering their “products” to passersby. This is offering prostitution as a service to interested customers. Of ...

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City-assisted mortgage program

Ike Señeres . I CONSIDER the late Dr. Jose Conrado Benitez (Jolly or JCB as we used to call him) as my mentor in public housing in particular and human settlements in general. I was still very young when my fate brought me to the University of Life (UL) where ...

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Last song syndrome

Netnet Camomot . A STAYCATION at home is now the preferred getting-away-from-it-all for long weekends. The vacationer stays home, wears pajamas all day, reads books, eats, sleeps. Four straight days of that and he’s ready to face the world again by Monday. Today is that Monday. Ready ka na ba? ...

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Spooked

Nora Soriño . ILIGAN City — We share with you today some quotes and/or jokes during these times when we troop to memorial parks to visit and remember our dear departed. Meaning, we no longer are spooked very much. Only a little. “If you can’t visit them, just text 666 ...

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The Judas in us

Lagrimas Perdio . BETRAYAL. Something we are all acquainted with, and yet we lack enough comprehension of what it entails. It is something that we do or is done to us several times a day but somehow only skates through the back of our consciousness. Until something big comes along. ...

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