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Cong Corrales

Before joining the Gold Star Daily, Cong worked as the deputy director of the multimedia desk of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ), and before that he served as a writing fellow of Vera Files. Under the pen name "Cong," Leonardo Vicente B. Corrales has worked as a journalist since 2008. Corrales has published news, in-depth, investigative and feature articles on agrarian reform, peace and dialogue initiatives, climate justice, and socio-economics in local and international news organizations, which which includes among others: Philippine Daily Inquirer, Business World, MindaNews,, Agence France-Presse, Xinhua News Wires, Thomson-Reuters News Wires,, and Pecojon-PH.

Just don’t

Cong Corrales .  I FEAR the protests against the lowering of the minimum age of criminal responsibility, even if these have snowballed across the country, will fall on deaf ears in the Senate. As we have seen at the House of Representatives last month, the Senate will mostly likely railroad ...

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‘Unity March’

Cong Corrales .  THE election period for the 2019 mid-term elections started on Sunday. Here in Cagayan de Oro, it was opened with a so-called “Unity March.” Started with a march, local candidates held an interfaith prayer rally and capped it off with a peace covenant signing at Kiosko Kagawasan ...

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Tighten belt, ‘Train’ coming again: Neda

By CONG B. CORRALES, Associate Editor .  AS Northern Mindanao reeled under the high inflation rate during the third quarter, a government economic expert advised consumers to tighten their belt as the Train Law comes chugging along again in January next year. National Economic and Development Authority 10’s Knowledge Division ...

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Cong Corrales . “Woe unto you when men shall speak well of you.” — Unknown   HERE in the city, the last days of November mean a flurry of high school homecoming celebrations. Of all the high schools in the city, guess which school did not allow its high school ...

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Pleasing personality

Cong Corrales . “We just say something as if it really makes sense. Like ‘legally drunk,’ leave the guy alone officer, he’s legally drunk.” – George Carlin, Jamming in New York   LET us discuss the recent ordinance our city council unanimously voted on which has sent lawyers reeling in ...

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Hunting fake news redux

Cong Corrales . “We have to shame these f****** ignorant bastards.” – Herbie Gomez, editor-in-chief, Gold Star Daily, on how to deal with purveyors of fake news   THERE has a resurgence, of sorts, of fake news posts lately. I say “of sorts” because I have already an app that ...

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Cong Corrales “If a really stupid person becomes senile, how do you know?” -George Carlin   NOT that I didn’t expect it to happen but this administration’s supposedly best and brightest have gone bananas lately. Every single day, the functionaries of Digong Dada seem to be looking for spectacular ways ...

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Farmers camp out, demand Ayala payment

By CONG B. CORRALES Associate Editor FARMERS from Laguindingan town built a makeshift camp at the capitol grounds yesterday to air their demand for genuine land reform. Dubbed as “Kampuhan,” members of Tubajon Farmers’ Association (Tufa) and Moog Farmers’ Association (Mofa) also marched around the city to demand just compensation ...

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