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Blaming the victim

Bencyrus Ellorin PERHAPS in ignorance, the crowd is quick to condemn those who have been arrested for illegal drugs. Worse, those handcuffed are considered lucky because they did not get a hole in the head. We ask: Has the crowd become so blood-thirsty, they have to quench it with drug-laced ...

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Bare proof vs. 2 police generals

Batas Mauricio IF I were one of the lawyers or spokespersons in Malacanang at this time, I will insist on releasing the entirety of the decision that President Duterte signed, ousting Police Generals Edgardo Tinio and Joel Pagdilao. The reason: to show that the dismissal of the two was not ...

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Vested interests destroying US?

Erick San Juan (Dr. Erick San Juan, PhD, died of cardiac arrest in his home in Taguig on Sunday. He was 65. We are printing his last piece which he sent shortly before he passed away. For years, San Juan, an author of several books, had regularly contributed opinion pieces, ...

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Anti-dry faucet ordinance

Netnet Camomot IT must be the bangus that inspires Pangasinan to have interesting laws. First, some villages in the town of Binangonan implemented the anti-tsismis ordinance last January. Now, there’s the “anti-distracted walking ordinance” against people who text while crossing the street in Dagupan City. There are videos of texters ...

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Egay responds

Cong Corrales RECEIVING feedback has always been, to me, the thing that makes writing worthwhile. It completes the writing. Writing, after all, is communication, and feedback completes that cycle. For those who have been following “My Wit’s End” — yes, I’m talking to all 137 of you — I lent ...

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The President and the general

Samira Ali Gutoc TO be in the Philippine Army headquarters at their Grandstand in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City (home to the 85,000 strong army men and women) on Oct. 5, Day 136 of the Marawi Crisis, is jarring, almost out of the world for me. I would not think I ...

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Social media effects on behavior

Maria Christina Concepcion IT’S the most common scenario everywhere we go, where there’s a chair, a couch, a place where one can sit, in restaurants, in parlors and barber shops, in offices, in school lobbies, in malls, inside elevators and restrooms, in hospitals, inside churches (yes, even inside churches), on ...

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Mighty taxes

Batas Mauricio WERE they planted or not? The illegal drugs and guns, I mean, that are now being claimed to have been confiscated by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) allegedly from the house of Sarangani Mayor Aniceto Lopez Jr. And did the PDEA operatives who raided the house of ...

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Orthodoxy and rigidity

Fr. Roy Cimagala WE just have to make sure that we do not fall into extremes. Let’s always remember that virtue is located between two extremes—those of excess and defect. In our effort to pursue the ideal of orthodoxy or correctness, something that we all should strive to do, we ...

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These two make my eyes roll

Herbie Gomez WEDNESDAY’S Senate committee hearing on the proliferation of fake news only confirmed what many have been suspecting all along — that is, the government is wasting its resources to bankroll the operations of arrogant, dishonest and morally bankrupt bloggers who promote mass ignorance. I mean, this is our ...

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