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Behind the scene

Batas Mauricio I HATE to be a killjoy but whatever is happening to the presidential candidacy of Sen. Grace Poe–like her disqualification by the Commission on Elections and her subsequent recourse to the Supreme Court–already was the center of many coffee shop talks two to three weeks before they even ...

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Welcome, sinners!

Fr. Roy Cimagala WITH the papal declaration of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, and especially if set in the context of this wonderful Christmas season, what seems to readily come to mind is Christ telling us, Welcome, sinners! Be not afraid. He seems to say, I have come to save ...

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Neighbor and nonsense

Butch Bagabuyo “We can live without our friends but not without our neighbors.” – Thomas Fuller IF only to emphasize the importance of our neighbors over our friends, Horace warned, “When your neighbor’s house is afire, your own property is at stake. But to our peril, PNoy’s folly in buying war ...

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Christmas: the larger picture

Fr. Leo Pabayo IN one “Simbang Gabi” before Christmas, the church goers are treated to an unusual Gospel reading. It is the reading of the family tree or genealogy of Jesus. A Mass goer may find the reading of names monotonous and send him back to sleep. However, if he ...

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Looking at Christmas

Batas Mauricio I HATE to be a killjoy but whatever is happening to the presidential candidacy of Sen. Grace Poe–like her disqualification by the Commission on Elections and her subsequent recourse to the Supreme Court–already was the center of many coffee shop talks two to three weeks before they even ...

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Universal feud

Netnet Camomot WE were yelling at the top of our voices and jumping like crazy upon realizing Steve Harvey wasn’t joking and was serious with his apology. I was out of the house at 7 am last Monday and arrived home by the time Seal was about to serenade the ...

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Of presidents past, and the wannabes of 2016

Benjie Oliveros THE not so funny anymore, exasperating slapstick being imposed on the public by presidential wannabes Mar Roxas and Rodrigo Duterte is a testament to how elections in this country have sunk to such depths. And if surveys are to be believed, the two are among the top four ...

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History written as a matter of fact

Gabriel Jose Gonzalez, SJ DAVAO City–Karl Gaspar’s “Davao in the Pre-Conquest Era and the Age of Colonization” delivers a brief and thoroughly honest account of the history of the Davao region.  The account tells us about the various waves of peoples who have dominated the region over the past 150 years ...

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The ‘no-perfect’ excuse

ALL of a sudden, we are nowadays hearing a lot of people invoking the “no-perfect” alibi to rationalize their views. There’s no perfect father, no perfect mother, no perfect child, no perfect family, no perfect etcetera. And now that we are getting into the usually hot political season, we are ...

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Forever in the grip of power

Temario Rivera UNTIL the country undergoes a sweeping social change, elections will remain to be monopolized by political families with no substantial impact on the people’s lives. Not having served as an accountability mechanism, Philippine elections are exclusivist enabling political families to persist through generations while non-dynastic but otherwise qualified ...

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