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Bring out the Kleenex

Bencyrus Ellorin A FRIEND reminded me of my college activism when he learned I was not rooting for the Davao City mayor’s presidential run. It was as if I committed an anti-people and antievolutionary act. Yes, for many, presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte has been believed to bring in progressive, if ...

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Hello and goodbye

Ruffy Magbanua IT will be hello and goodbye for now to Imperial Manila as all roads lead to Davao these days. And goodbye would also mean holding office away from the luxury and comfort of Malacanang, the country’s seat of power. Digong “The Punisher,” as Time magazine calls him, reportedly prefers ...

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Turning around so soon?

Batas Mauricio FOR the second time, President-elect Rodrigo Duterte voiced out his plan not to run after government officials who had been accused of stealing hundreds of millions of pesos in government funds. This time, Duterte said he will not run after Vice President Jejomar Binay, who is accused of ...

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The shoal that will start it all

Erick San Juan IT has been a little over four years now since the two-month standoff between China and the Philippines sea vessels in the Scarborough Shoal (Bajo de Masinloc) that has caused us to let China seized the shoal. And now… China will establish an outpost on Scarborough Shoal, ...

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Always in need of faith Always in need of faith

Fr. Roy Cimagala “I BELIEVE, help my unbelief!” (Mk 9,24) “Increase our faith.” (Lk 17,5) These are words spoken by different gospel characters. They are words that we can repeat often if only to remind us that we are always in need of faith. We can never say that we ...

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Not for giant businesses

Butch Bagabuyo “Government is a trust, and the officers of the government are trustees; and both the trust and the trustees are created for the benefit of the people.” – Henry clay, speech 1829 AT the rate the giant businesses in our country and their dummies are trooping to Davao City ...

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Is it worth a try?

Ruffy Magbanua NOW that Davao Mayor Digong Duterte is poised to become  the 16th president of the Republic, his campaign promise to shift the present form of  government from unitary to federal maybe worth a try in a country long  besieged with political and cultural divide. Nowhere can I recall that in ...

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Change

Netnet Camomot I TRY to be a morning person. Waking up at 3 am, 4 am or 5 am depending on whatever, whenever, wherever. But I’m not a morning person. I prefer not waking up to an alarm clock whose sound I sometimes don’t hear, and before I know it, ...

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Between poverty and prosperity

Ike Señeres THE Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program is a good initiative, but the government has to be honest about the fact that it is a poverty alleviation program and not a poverty reduction program. That is the reason why I do not understand that it has lowered the poverty ...

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Always in need of faith

Fr. Roy Cimagala “I BELIEVE, help my unbelief!” (Mk 9,24) “Increase our faith.” (Lk 17,5) These are words spoken by different gospel characters. They are words that we can repeat often if only to remind us that we are always in need of faith. We can never say that we ...

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