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To the dogs

William Adan . MELBOURNE – Democracy is a system and process of governance. For it to thrive and remain vibrant, a check and balance in the governance of the state is institutionalized through the division of power expressed in the operation of the legislative, executive and the judicial branches of ...

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Hopes raised with the BOL

Antonio La Viña . PRESIDENT Duterte finally signed on July 26 the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) or Republic Act No.  11054. The BOL should have been the highlight of the President’s State of the Nation Address but its signing was aborted by the powerplay in the lower house which saw ...

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Only when there’s nothing to buy

Ben Contreras . WHEN we criticize, our criticisms sometimes depends on our mindset and biases. When the subject is someone we don’t like or somebody we hate, we tend to criticize the subject no matter how trivial the issue under which our very own criticisms would look ridiculous, funny if ...

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Remembering Lumbia airport

A. Paulita Roa . HOW do we say our goodbye to one that has been so much a part of our lives and of Cagayan de Oro for over six decades? I am referring to the closure of the iconic Lumbia Airport five years ago on June 14, 2013. I ...

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Repeating and varying

Fr. Roy Cimagala . I SUPPOSE this is what we observe in life in general, and especially when as priests we have to preach. We do the same things, we say more or less the same message, but we should also see to it that there is some variation in ...

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Eyes on the ball!

Bencyrus Ellorin . ALL-TIME high inflation; all time weak peso; rice at P70 a kilo; diesel at P55; and gasoline at P60+? I certainly hope not. But these are portent of things to come. From all standards, our economic vital signs indicate illness, and if not remedied properly could result ...

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Who’s bluffing?

Perry Diaz . A RECENT issue of the Philippines Today, headlines: “Duterte warns China of war over oil, uranium.”  I couldn’t believe what I was reading.  Was President Rodrigo Duterte bluffing?  Or did he finally find the courage to remind Chinese President Xi Jinping of the Philippines’ claim in the ...

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Honest and cool employees

Egay Uy . ON Aug. 31, 2018, at almost eight o’clock in the evening, I purchased a merchandize from Gaisano City along Recto Avenue. The price of the item was P150. I pulled my wallet and gave the cashier what I thought was a P100-bill and one P50-peso bill.  The ...

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Respect is cool

Netnet Camomot . IT was the last full show. The Lupang Hinirang began to play onscreen and we stood up. But young viewers a few rows below us remained seated, so, I asked my sis why, and she said, Because it’s not cool to stand up. This was a few ...

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A healthy sense of shamelessness

Fr. Roy Cimagala . IN our public discourse, we should always observe proper decorum and tact, respectful of others’ views and opinions, no matter how different or even in conflict with ours. We should have the gift of tongue that would enable us to choose the right words that should ...

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