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Constitutionality of BBL’s power-sharing provisions

By Naguib Sinarimbo . THE listing of powers of the Central Government and the Bangsamoro Government is not unconstitutional. The list of the powers for the autonomous regions is already provided by the Constitution itself in Article X, section 20. Hence, the powers granted to autonomous regions, and which may ...

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Happiness

Ben Contreras . “MABAW ra ug kalipay” describes people whose happiness is not measured by things that are luxurious or expensive. Take for example, travel. Some people prefer going abroad or taking a cruise. Well and good because they can afford it. But those who can’t can be happy with ...

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Bulawan and Himulawan

A. Paulita Roa . EARLY Spanish records show that the 16th century Visayans called gold as “bulawan” and fine gold as “himulawan.” When Ferdinand Magellan and his men came to this country in 1521, they were amazed at the quantity of the gold that they saw everywhere they went. In ...

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Miracles do happen

Cesar Gorillo . THE son of my sister in the church by the name of Nellendonne Q. Alquizar was ordered by his boss from Balingasag, Misamis Oriental to bring to him a 90-kilogram pig which he intends to butcher for his people in celebration for an occasion. Their piggery is ...

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‘Tambay’ gospel

Ric Maulion . PRESIDENT Duterte did it! Yes, Sir, his imprudent “stupid” God talk and inapt Creation story-bashing might be uncalled for, below the belt, and blasphemous for the fundamentalists, but it made sense. It did not only hit the nerve of gullible Christians who live and practice their faith ...

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National happiness

Ike Señeres . THE Kingdom of Bhutan has taken the lead of using “Gross National Happiness” (GNH) as a measure of success in governance, seemingly in place of, or parallel to using “Gross National Product” (GNP) and perhaps even the “Gross Domestic Product” (GDP). Strictly speaking, and as far as ...

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Maria!

Netnet Camomot . “MARIA!/I’ve just met a girl named Maria/And suddenly that name/Will never be the same.” No, this is not for the “West Side Story” nor about former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Super Typhoon Maria wreaked havoc on Japan and was expected to do the same for Pinas ...

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Thank Duterte for his attacks on faith

Batas Mauricio . PLEASE allow me to reiterate one thing, in the face of continuing blood-curling reactions: I am thankful over the biting criticisms of President Duterte against the Catholic Church, including his daring assertion about the “stupid god,” and about the alleged inexistence of the God of the Catholic ...

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Developing a sense of vocation

Fr. Roy Cimagala . I BELIEVE that we should arouse in everyone the need to develop a sense of vocation. I believe that this is something that has to be pushed consistently nowadays since there is a lot of ignorance and indifference to this need which is actually basic for ...

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The ‘Spolarium’ fuss

Cong Corrales . “…di ko na mabasa pagkat merong nagbura…” –Spolarium, Eraserheads   I DIDN’T really know what the fuss was all about because I was just an elementary pupil when the alleged rape of bold star Pepsi Paloma — the alleged involvement of TV show hosts Vic Sotto, Joey ...

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