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Taking pride in local languages

By Jesse Pizarro Boga Mindanews DAVAO City––It’s easy to take Philippine regional languages for granted. If you speak Cebuano on a daily basis, it would take meta-discussions to bring up how you use this language. And with the overwhelming media that many of us take in regularly—from book and Hollywood movies ...

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Taking responsibility

THE drive to capture everyone’s vote is on. Aspiring candidates stalk cyber communities as well as actual territories where hearts and minds must be won over for the 2016 elections. In light of past events, every citizen now must be wary, be circumspect, and discerning. For today’s choices will determine ...

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Hong Kong immigration

I HAVE not been to Hong Kong in five years and their immigration procedure upon my arrival in Hong Kong last week surprised me. I used to advice clients who intend to apply for a United States Tourist Visa to go to Hong Kong, Macau and to Shenzen City in ...

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The election mystery of 2010

THERE is an unfinished business which we should all revisit and remember so we can avoid the dangers of the computerized election system. Nene Pimentel and Rufus Rodriguez, our distinguished legislators, should revisit this too, and perhaps, honor us with a decent response through this paper, which we would greatly ...

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Dear, Mr. Chairman

I WILL just go right at it, Mr. Chairman. Even though I am just an adopted son of Barangay Consolacion, I have grown fond of our community, having lived here for some 20 odd years now. Do you still remember how our community––despite being one of the worst-hit barangays in the ...

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Drivers’ education fund missing?

DID you know that there is money in government, in billions of pesos yet, that are collected from people who obtain their drivers’ licenses for the first time or secure renewals thereof, as well as from vehicles being registered nationwide, which are intended to be used for educating drivers on ...

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Turning in to God

THIS, as much as possible, should be the first thing we do once we wake up in the morning. We need to tune in to God for the simple reason that God is everything to us. Without him or detached from him, we are actually nothing and can do nothing ...

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Nuke-free? Must be dreaming

By Erick San Juan JAPANESE Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday marked the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki by renewing his commitment to a nuclear weapons free Japan, following criticism for not making the same pledge on the anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing last week. “As the ...

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A working spirituality needed

YES, indeed! We need to have a functioning spirituality, not just a theoretical one, an armchair type of religiosity that’s rich only with words and ideas, but very poor in action. Regardless of our condition in the world, we should have a genuine spirituality that consistently nourishes our spiritual life ...

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Doomed to be in thrall?

Manny Valdehuesa DEMOCRACY in our society is severely tested every election period. Electoral aberrations abound. Corruption festers. The dysfunctional party system bedevils rather than facilitates candidate selection and differentiation. Who can believe that democratic processes and genuine party politics are in operation in Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental, or Northern Mindanao? ...

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