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Hope in Al-Barka

Frencie Carreon ZAMBOANGA City–It was four years ago when I first saw AlBarka in Basilan as a relatively peaceful place–still not fully developed, but youth in its village capital, Magcawa, and neighboring Kennuh Lennuh, were full of hope that somehow, years from now, there would be progress from the last …

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The myth

Bencyrus Ellorin YES, he apologized. On national TV, one of his raunchiest political operators admitted he was the one who suggested the Davao City mayor apologize for the rape joke that exposes what kind of timber he is made of. It would seem there is no stopping the bandwagon. Good luck. …

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‘Walang hiya’

Ben Contreras AS we move nearer to Election Day, the campaign fever has gone as hot as the weather. The attempts to destroy one another has gone out of proportions as it gets too personal that we seem to have forgotten the bigger picture and see what’s best for our …

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When numbers matter

Frencie Carreon ZAMBOANGA City–It was on  April 9, Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor) when a bloody encounter transpired between government troops and followers of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in Basilan as early as nearly 6 in the morning. At least, that was what police and soldiers from the …

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Dissecting our country’s political culture

Karl Gaspar DAVAO City–In three weeks’ time, the Republic of the Philippines will elect a new President. Who will she/he be?  Despite the figures of poll surveys that show the standing of the five “presidentiables,” it is still anybody’s guess as to who will finally take over the reins of …

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Erap’s choice

Batas Mauricio SOMEONE from the camp of former President and incumbent Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada and asked me: “Do you want to know why, despite Estrada’s good assessment of Liberal Party presidential candidate Mar Roxas when Roxas was the trade secretary of Estrada in 2000, the former president did not …

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Homestretch for a home run

Butch Bagabuyo “We compete in the land of giants. What we lack in size we make up for in focus and agility.” – Clayton Jones IN horse racing, homestretch is that straight part of a racetrack from the last turn to the finish line. Or it is the final phase of …

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The voice of the Good Shepherd

Fr. Leo Pabayo I ONCE told a story to some grade school pupils to illustrate the meaning of faith in Christ. It is also a good story on faith for adults and is consonant with last Sunday’s Gospel (April 17, 2016) which is about recognizing the voice of Christ the …

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Halo-halo

Netnet Camomot WAKING up with sweat running down what’s left of the fats was SOP on Saturday morning. Blackout. Again. There was a 7 am debate on ABS-CBN starring Cagayan de Oro’s candidates for congressmen, but how to watch that without a generator? Joy Tabor texted me last Friday about …

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The danger of replacing God

Fr. Roy Cimagala WE need to be wary of the danger of replacing God with our own philosophies, ideologies and theologies. This reminder was practically voiced out in Pope Francis’ “Amoris laetitia,” the apostolic exhortation on the family. In its point 311 we read the following words: “Although it is …

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