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Free speech during the election period

Dominador Awiten . OUR very good friend Romeo N. Naces reminds all of us, especially personnel incumbent in government service, that per regulations issued jointly by the Commission on Elections and the Civil Service Commission, certain acts are not covered by the prohibition against partisan political activity. They include (1) ...

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Manana

David Haldane . THE silence was unsettling. It was 9:30 a.m. on a Monday; not a time usually given, at our house anyway, to the peaceful emptiness of morning reveries. No, at Surigao City’s Punta Bilar where my wife and I are building our dream house, Monday mornings – in ...

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Persecution of the Lumad

WE are greatly offended by the contrived holding of a “legislative inquiry” by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), Congressional Committee on Indigenous Cultural Communities and Indigenous Peoples (CICCIP) and the 401st Infantry Brigade of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and their vilification ...

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Be always in awe

Fr. Roy Cimagala . IT may sound unrealistic and impracticable, but it happens to be the ideal condition for all of us to be in. If we truly believe in God, if we live fully by our faith, we would know that we have a tremendous treasure in our life ...

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Quack

Elson Elizaga . BEFORE “fake news” became popular, before Mocha Uson and the trolls rose to power, there was Nanette Roa. Nanette Roa is running for councilor in Cagayan de Oro. Years ago, Nanette Roa was a member of the city historical and cultural commission. The mayor then was Vicente ...

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The governance we deserve

Egay Uy . BY now, the voters will have finalized their list of local and national candidates who will merit their sacred votes.  A kodigo will help cast our votes in a jiffy and be a part of ensuring a fast, honest, orderly, peaceful, and clean election. Good luck to ...

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A voter’s prayer

Fr. Leo Pabayo . PRIEST or lay leader: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. All: “Remember O Most gracious Virgin Mary that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implore your help or sought your intercession ...

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Budget pa more

Netnet Camomot . THE banner headline: DU30 Sings Budget. President Rody Duterte sings now? No more p***ng in*? By the way, Urban Dictionary defines “sing” as “to rat on someone, or to report on them, usually to the police.” I’m not saying the country’s president is chismoso. I’m simply sharing ...

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My criteria

Cong Corrales . IT will be exactly six days until the midterm elections when this column sees print. So, I would like to share with you, my dear readers, my criteria in choosing the candidates who will land on my final list for the polls, less than a week from ...

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Vote buying and selling

Fr. Leo Pabayo . THERE is enough evidence to convince us that vote buying is widespread in every election. Vote buying does not only happen on the day of the election when the supporters of some candidates offer money to individual voters in exchange for their votes. There are large ...

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