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Low-value speech

By Dominador Awiten WHAT is protected speech and what is not is once more made clear and in straightforward detail in the Supreme Court decision (April 29, 2009) in the consolidated cases of Eliseo F. Soriano v.  Ma. Consoliza P. Laguardia, et. al. (G.R. No. 164785) and Eliseo F. Soriano …

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A different way of death

By David Haldane IT seemed more like a birthday than a funeral.  Resting in a raised wooden coffin with arms folded and eyes closed, the corpse looked like the guest of honor awaiting her party surprise. She was wearing what must have been her finest white blouse. But instead of …

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Pseudo-profound nonsense

By Fr. Roy Cimagala I WAS amused to read recently an article that claimed that we might be living now in an age of pseudo-profound nonsense. It was referring to supposedly inspirational quotes now proliferating in the social media and expressed by all kinds of people who try to define …

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How do you bring back the feeling of safety and control?

By Rowena Carranza Paraan WE were in Magsaysay town (Davao del Sur), on our way to Tulunan (North Cotabato) to distribute food packs when the 6.5 earthquake struck. It so happened we were in a stretch of road where there were several houses. We saw panicked women running out, dragging …

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On Lorenzana’s checkpoints

WHILE our fellow Mindanaoans are undergoing a deeply distressing experience and at the same time, in dire need of immediate assistance due to series of strong tremor, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana is bustling too much in showcasing his futility with his order to set up checkpoints in the areas affected …

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Flowers for the dead

By Rhona Canoy SO… All Souls’ Day just passed. Our yearly tradition of paying tribute and remembering our dead. It raises mixed emotions in me, especially now that my mom has passed. The festive atmosphere that our cemeteries exhibit is both sad and puzzling, if we were to really think …

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Found your cash?

By Egay Uy WHILE I was consulting with my physicians about problems in my system some two months ago, my wife Juliet also had to undergo tests related to some lumps in her neck. Indeed the ultrasound result showed at least four lumps so we had to have it checked …

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Help Southern Mindanao

By BenCyrus Ellorin THREE powerful earthquakes damaged not only structures but have also driven people out of their wits. I can relate to the trauma caused by the mainshocks and aftershocks. I had experienced that in Cebu when a 7.2 magnitude temblor hit Bohol and Cebu on Oct. 16, 2013, …

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Activate

By Netnet Camomot FACEBOOK is one of the main sources of news. If you deactivate your FB account and stop reading, watching, and listening to any news item, does that mean absolute freedom from news? Not if you have a friend who forwards the news to you via Messenger, emails, …

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Inclusive relief, please

By Cong Corrales OUR family, having been survivors of a devastating calamity, has seen both the best and the worst in people after a seemingly hopeless aftermath. We saw neighbors, who have lost almost everything to the great deluge in 2011, still managed to distribute to the neighborhood whatever they …

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