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The opposite of gerrymandering

Ike Señeres BELIEVE it or not, there is no antonym for gerrymandering in the dictionary. Perhaps that’s simply because it does not ever happen. When political boundaries are gerrymandered to create new sets of positions for political reasons, the reverse never ever happens. Having said that twice, I will still ...

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‘Kuto’

Ben Contreras THIS succession thing is quite interesting. We’ve been so used to “whoever has the highest number of votes.” Period. So, in the event Vice Mayor Ian Acenas is installed mayor, who will be the next vice mayor? Is it councilors Candy Darimbang or Ramon Tabor? Candy claims she ...

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No longer the hope, but the curse

Batas Mauricio TRISHA Gubaton, a 17-year old student, appears to have been robbed of her capacity to enroll for the second semester of School Year 2015-2016, and, if police are to be believed, she has no one else to blame but former Sen. Francis Pangilinan, who is running as senator ...

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Arlene’s tears

Egay Uy THE events that have unfolded these past few days have affected the lives of many.  My househelp who is not even a voter in Cagayan de Oro shed tears watching the news about the Ombudsman decision against Mayor Moreno. Arlene and her husband Roel have stayed with us ...

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On violations against lumads

Letter to the Editor ON Oct. 26-30, 2015 participants to the International Fact Finding Mission (IFFM) in Surigao del Sur went to Lumad communities in Surigao del Sur to look into the situation of communities affected by the Sept. 1 Lianga massacre and subsequent massive evacuations due to human rights ...

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Virtue and victory

Butch Bagabuyo “I believe that virtue shows quite as well in rags and patches as she does in purple and fine linen.” – Beethoven EXACTLY a month after transition Mayor Oscar S. Moreno took his oath of office, I went to the then ongoing exquisite-looking-renovation of the City Mayor’s Office. My ...

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Vice is not always ganda

Netnet Camomot THE violet vice mayor is reportedly happy, thanks to the possibility of having a violet mayor again even before the 2016 election. Distance yourself for a while from AlDub and OTWOL, and listen to the latest news in Cagayan de Oro: the yellow mayor has been dismissed from ...

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Good times, bad times

Ben Contreras I WANT to take a break from politics, and talk about incidents in the past that can make one exclaim, “Wow, what a coincidence!” One against another is common but more than that, it’s bizarre. After my first year in college at Xavier University in 1968, I joined ...

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In whose interest?

Erick San Juan IN “Yes, China is a threat to US Interests” by Matt Vespa posted at townhall.com in Nov. 6, the author stated, “Over the past couple of years, China has built several man-made islands near the Spratly archipelago to prevent any challenges to China’s sovereignty in the region ...

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Blending action and contemplation

Fr. Roy Cimagala WE should try our best to attain this blend, because this is what is proper to us. We are meant to be both active and contemplative. It’s a both/and, not an either/or affair. These two basic dimensions of our life should work in tandem rather than at ...

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