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Beggars no more

Uriel C. Quilinguing . BARANGAYS used to be helpless and mendicant as their forerunners in 1974, the year the barrios were renamed through a presidential decree. They were the country’s smallest political units, but their officials were powerless since they were virtual political puppets; they had no resources and authorities …

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Collaborative efforts

Egay Uy . THE Regulatory and Complaint Board (to be renamed into Regulatory Compliance Board) has started collaborative talks with Pueblo de Oro Development Corp. through its vice president and general manager, Mr. Chrysler Acebu, for more effective regulation of businesses in the Pueblo area. The collaboration will complement the …

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Useless

Batas Mauricio . HERE we go again, with our ranking government officials rambling once more on how they would solve the scandal currently rocking the National Penitentiary (Bilibid) in Muntinlupa City involving convicts being released prematurely on account of the law on “good conduct and time allowance” (GCTA). Indeed, they …

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Bil bil bil

Netnet Camomot . “BUILD, Build, Build” is alive and kicking in this corner of the village, with the sights and sounds of construction from 8 am to 4:30 pm Mondays to Saturdays. Sundays can be eerily quiet once village residents become used to the noise. There’s some sort of a …

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Little revolutionary book

Fr. Roy Cimagala . IT’S entitled, “The Way.” It’s the first book written by Opus Dei founder, St. Josemaria Escriva, dubbed as the precursor of the lay spirituality in the Church. It’s now on its 80th year since its first edition that came out in 1939. To date, its print-run …

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Left-handed concerns

Nora Soriño . ILIGAN City — Jim,  a 14-year-old kid, recently asked me if there is a school for the “walhon.” Caught with the suddenness of such kind of question, I was speechless for several seconds. Then I said, “The UP. You go to school there and then before you …

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Balangay and the seafaring heritage

Dennis Gorecho . TEN years ago this month, the very first balangay boat replica, Diwata ng Lahi (spirit of lineage), sailed on her maiden voyage from the CCP grounds. The Balangay is a plank boat adjoined by a carved out plank edged through pins and dowels and is known as …

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Shining stars

By Carol Villanueva Peralta Mindanews . NEW York — Their stars shone so brightly… they lit up the universe. I am still in shock and in denial. Two lovely persons who have impacted my life so much left — leaving a huge void in my heart. Ma’am Gina Lopez succumbed …

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Handle with extreme care

Fr. Roy Cimagala . THAT’S how we should handle ourselves. Let’s remember that, as St. Paul said, we have a treasure in vessels of clay. (2 Cor 4,7) And that’s because our dignity is that of being children of God, image and likeness of his, meant to share in the …

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On Panelo’s ‘honor’

PRESIDENTIAL legal counsel and spokesperson Salvador Panelo again proved that both libel and cyberlibel should be decriminalized when he threatened both Rappler and the Inquirer.net with legal charges for simply reporting on an important and raging public issue. Panelo is showing the Filipino people that this country’s criminal libel and …

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