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20/20 vision

Netnet Camomot . AS the Cagayanon savors his share of the fiesta’s lechon, he’s also calculating that ilang tulog na lang, “ber” na, and it’s again time to sing Jose Mari Chan’s Christmas songs: “Let’s sing Merry Christmas and a happy holiday”; “My idea of a perfect Christmas / Is …

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History, identity and representation

Karl Gaspar . LONDON, England – The two-day conference sponsored by the School of Oriental and African Studies (Soas) of the University of London took place in this city last month. The Conference theme was “Mindanao Cartographies of History, Identity and Representation.”  A total of a hundred scholars from mainly …

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On undistributed textbooks and questionable contracts

THE Commission on Audit reported that the Department of Education has P254 million worth of questionable textbook contracts and P113.7 million worth of undistributed books. Teachers have been repeatedly told to learn financial literacy whenever they demand a substantial increase in their meager salaries only to find out that the …

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Our be-all and end-all

Fr. Roy Cimagala . WHAT is the ultimate and constant purpose of our life? It is to be like God as God wants us to be. We have been created in his image and likeness. He wants us to be like him, full of love. We are meant to share …

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Shape up or ship out, you lousy cadet!

Cong Corrales . UNWITTINGLY, the shiny new senator drove the student leader’s point on why reviving the mandatory Reserve Officers’ Training Corps is not a good thing at what has become one of the most “memed” Senate hearings now. Sen. Ronald dela Rosa threw a hissy fit — with pointing …

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Political dynasties: Impossibility of democracy

Jude Josue Sabio . IN his 1911  book entitled “Political Parties: A Sociological Study of the Oligarchic Tendencies of Modern Democracies,” sociologist Robert Michels first introduced the concept of Iron Law of Oligarchy.  Michels posits the view that democracy is incompatible with a large scale social organization like a soceity.  …

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Why the youth continues to choose activism

AFTER declaring the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New People’s Army (NPA) as terrorist organizations last year, the government is now going after youth organizations. They are brandishing terror to families and their children, taking the spotlight in “reuniting families” when they are the ones destroying it. …

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On the Feast of St. Augustine

By ANTONIO J. LEDESMA, SJ Archbishop of Cagayan de Oro . AS we approach the feastdays of Sta. Monica and her son, St. Augustine, on Aug. 27 and 28, we can also keep in mind this year’s designation by the Catholic bishops as the Year of the Youth. Sta. Monica …

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The deceptive perks of sin

Fr. Roy Cimagala . THE story of Moses receiving complaints from his fellow Israelites as he led them out of the bondage of Egypt (cfr. Ex 14,5-18) reminds us of the hardness of our heart to resist conversion and return to God from our state of sin. Like those complaining …

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Dar’s litmus test

Uriel C. Quilinguing . SINCE Saturday last week, more than 2,000 pigs in Rodriquez town, Rizal have been quarantined in the midst of reported deaths of some 600 others that were backyard raised in barangays Macabud, San Isidro and San Jose. Meat specimens and blood samples were taken from the …

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