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Corruption is eating the nation

Ben Contreras RUFFY Biazon served as commissioner of Bureau of Customs (BOC) for more than two years. He was, I suppose, tasked to clean up this notorious institution where even the lowest ranking employee could still own things only the rich could afford. Biazon was reported to have formed his …

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Fight for comfort women goes on

Erick San Juan I WAS visited by my former aging yaya named Beata last week, and she showed me several news clippings about comfort women. She narrated a friend’s sad experience during the war. She said she was 13 when her friend was detained along with her grandmother by Japanese …

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Watered down democracy

Ike Señeres IT’S a democratic country that we have, and therefore any politician is free to say what he wants to say, and to promise whatever comes to his mind. My wish however is that all politicians will promise what is cast in stone in their party platforms, rather than …

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What should be done

Letter to the Editor WE have had too many elections. Too many promises.  Elections have caused so much social division and disunity. Many are hopeful, but many think that elections are hopeless political exercises. Some think that elections in this country are designed to give false hopes to our impoverished …

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Famine and failures under PNoy

Butch Bagabuyo “A hungry people listen not to reason, nor cares for justice, nor is bent by any prayer.”-Seneca ALBERT Einstein, in his Cosmic Religion, stated that “An empty stomach is not a good political adviser.” And I dare say that obsession to the presidency by an incompetent haciendero is undoubtedly …

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Elusive peace

Ruffy Magbanua COTABATO City–The lean attendance during the 32nd Rotary International 3870 District Convention  held in this rustic city, April 7-9, said it all: peace has remained  elusive in  the land of my birth–Mindanao. Ahead of the convention, an improvised bomb went off at the Cotabato City State Polytechnic College moments …

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Poverty, homelessness, and joblessness

Mariano Carrasco POVERTY, homelessness, and joblessness have multiple effects on our people. They cause lack of education, ignorance, the proliferation of so-called “squatter areas”, criminality, drugs, gambling, and promotes a beggar-mentality people who are easily prone to being bought come election time. As time progresses, good and honest men shy …

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Hello, summer

Netnet Camomot IT is hot, hot, hot! And, no, this is not about anyone’s–especially mine–lovelife. Summer is here. Can’t help notice. We felt the heat during our stopovers at Don Carlos, Bukidnon and Pigcawayan, Cotabato on our way to Cotabato City. The kind of heat that pierces through your bones. …

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No way of knowing the true election results?

Batas Mauricio IF I am to believe the claims made in public yet by lawyer Rey Quilala, a former legal officer at the office of Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III, there is no way that the Filipino people can be assured of the truthfulness of the results of the 2016 national …

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Just like cold

Ben Contreras HOME at last! The first thing to greet me when I checked Facebook for news was about Gwen Garcia dropping UNA in favor of Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. Four days and five nights in Cebu gave us plenty of occasions to take the taxi rides. All, except one, …

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