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The President’s final year

PRESIDENT Aquino is in his final lap as he counts his last year in office. Now that he is in his fifth year, he is left with less than 365 days before a new president replaces him. This time, one cannot help but ask if he is the exemplary leader ...

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Ramadhan outcry

MSU, Marawi City––It is Holy Month but the shock of two separate killings Wednesday in sleepy Marawi awoke Meranao cyberspace and public buzz. Two days ago, a woman was found in a sack at a tennis court. In the afternoon, a barber was shot at the University barbershop. Soldiers and ...

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Misery, mystery, and the cross

IF we only have a linear way of thinking, these conditions of misery and mystery can be the two opposite extremes of the range of possibilities we can have in our life here on earth. Misery can be the lowest status we can have, and mystery, while unsettling, can be ...

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Mindanao has come of age

“Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.” – Motto on Jefferson’s seal EVER since the Americans gave our country the kind of government that our leaders then asked for––“a government run like hell by Filipinos”––Mindanao-Sulu-Palawan-Tawi-Tawi has been made by Imperial Manila the calvary from where they secure and feed their ...

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Name names

POLITICAL parties are now identified by colors. Dominant in the city are “violets” (Padayon Pilipino) and “yellows” (Liberal Party). Sidewalks’ edges, fences, skyways, uniforms, vehicles, logos and others… they were colored violet during the time of Dongkoy Emano to send a message of who’s in control and the dominant force. ...

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Rain or shine

“RAIN or shine/You’ll always be one in a million/My fantasy come true/Rain or shine/It’s you and me/Cut me a heart on a tree and say/It’s for ever, not a year and a day.” We planned our Wednesday morning walk with the happy thought that it’s going to be sunny. Until ...

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What’s in it for us?

THE Philippines is definitely joining the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) bloc once presented the opportunity, Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo announced at an investment forum. “The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) – a global corporate noose around US local, state, and national sovereignty – narrowly passed a major procedural hurdle in the Congress ...

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#LoveWins, human society

By Robert Cortes BY now no one has not seen those rainbow-colored #LoveWins memes. Or those rainbow-colored hearts that Twitter tacked on to the hashtag to celebrate the victory of same-sex marriage in the Land of the Free. Yet there was neither victory for love and marriage, nor victory for ...

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Master of living and working piety

LAST June 26 was the feast of St. Josemaria Escriva, founder of Opus Dei. It also was the 40th anniversary of his death in Rome, his transit to heaven in 1975. His cause for canonization was opened soon after his death, and he was finally beatified in 1992 and canonized ...

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A lesson in newspapering

By NORA SORIÑO GSD-Iligan bureau YESTERDAY,, July 1, 2015, the 26th anniversary of this paper, we took cognizance of some lessons learned especially from the “legend” himself in this business, Ernesto “Toto” Chu, the genius behind all these. There are several lessons that he had imparted to everybody involved in ...

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