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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.

Graft court orders arrest of Elipe siblings

THE anti-graft court has ordered the arrest of former Cagayan de Oro councilor and Misamis Oriental board member President Elipe and his sister Pristine Quizon in connection with their 2018 conviction for graft and falsification. Elipe The bench warrant of arrest came from the 4th Division of the Sandiganbayan and …

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Walking Fiona

By Cong Coralles IT took me a while to walk our Fiona around the neighborhood again. A fortnight ago, we had an unfortunate incident with a confused alley tomcat as we were about to climb back our stairs after the walk. I will not go into the details of what …

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Clipped wings

By Cong Corrales THE President has fired Vice President Ma. Leonor Robredo as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs only 18 days after appointing her, while his self-appointed deadline of three to six months of ridding the drug menace in the country has been due some three years …

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#FIGHTFOR58. Members of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines and Cagayan de Oro Press Club light candles at the Press Freedom Monument to commemorate the 10th year anniversary of the Ampatuan Massacre on Saturday. Photo by Cong B. Corrales. Read the Latest News and Updates in Mindanao

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Motorcycles park along the road easement in downtown Cagayan de Oro. Photo by Cong B. Corrales Read the Latest News and Updates in Mindanao

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Czar lang

By Cong Corrales WHY are the supposed anti-illegal drugs advocates so afraid of what the Veep could accomplish as the newly appointed co-chair of this administration’s war on drugs? I honestly ask this question to myself. Since President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Vice President Ma. Leonor Robredo to share the helm …

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When fighting a superpower

By Cong Corrales TODAY in the history of the Republic, Filipino war tacticians decided to dissolve the Army of the First Republic and adopted guerrilla warfare which ultimately defeats the invading American colonizers.  According to the US War Department Report, 1900, Volume I, p. 59 of The American Occupation of …

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Two children take a rest from singing Christmas carols to motorists on a road island along CM Recto in downtown Cagayan de Oro. Photo by Cong B. Corrales. Read the Latest News and Updates in Mindanao

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Inclusive relief, please

By Cong Corrales OUR family, having been survivors of a devastating calamity, has seen both the best and the worst in people after a seemingly hopeless aftermath. We saw neighbors, who have lost almost everything to the great deluge in 2011, still managed to distribute to the neighborhood whatever they …

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