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Exit tickets

VERY few people know that the Bureau of Immigration requires foreigners who arrive in the Philippines to possess exit tickets. They are also called out-bound tickets or onward tickets. They are actually plane tickets that foreigners must have to be allowed entry into the Philippines. By way of example, if ...

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Understanding the dry humor

PEOPLE who are prim and proper are shocked and scandalized when the tough-talking Davao Mayor Rody Duterte says he would hang criminals with ropes to save on electricity or that he would throw the corrupt into Manila Bay to fatten the fish. Human rights advocates Leila de Lima, who is ...

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Morality challenge

I AM now again back to school. It’s just one among many other pastoral assignments given to me this year. But I welcome this opportunity to be involved in a school, since the suspenseful work of forming people is made easier by the more or less controlled and structured conditions ...

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Gold fishing

“Nothing is politically right which is morally wrong.” – Daniel O’Connell TODAY in Palawan and in Gensan, it is tuna fishing season. But elsewhere in the country, including our own city which celebrated the other day its charter day, it’s gold-fishing––not mining––time. Mining gold, especially small-scale, is as dangerous if ...

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Weapon of mass distraction

“HERE comes the rain again/Falling on my head like a memory/Falling on my head like a new emotion.” Annie Lennox sang that when she was still the other half of the Eurythmics. That was so long ago, it now seems “like a memory.” Makes one “want to walk in the ...

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Will Roxas probe his allies?

WHY should Interior Secretary Mar Roxas succeed PNoy? Did Roxas say anything about going after LP members involved in Disbursement Acceleration Program, and Priority Development Assistance Fund mess? Daang Matuwid or Daang Natuwad? Why should we even believe Mayor Moreno’s endorsement of Roxas when he himself has been very mysterious ...

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Insulting voters’ intelligence

IT’S a sad commentary on the quality of our leaders that their alleged political parties are nothing more than personal convenience vehicles for their political ambitions. Party labels signify practically nothing but a façade for projecting persons with vested interest who are out to grab power. If we had an ...

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Gang rape of the Constitution

By Fr. Joel Tabora, SJ DAVAO City––There is a gang rape ongoing. It is led by Speaker Sonny Belmonte and his gang of rapacious congressmen. It is to be joined by like-spirited senators. It is not a simple rape. It is multiple rape, violent and vicious. The victim: the Constitution. ...

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Pretending to be a ‘party system’

POLITICS is on full throttle now, with lots of grandstanding all over the place and lots of maneuvering between and among the traditional politicos—trapos—and assorted wannabes. Vying for attention, name recall, and popularity ratings, the race is clearly on, along with the continued and unchecked bastardization of the political “system.” ...

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Decentralizing executive power

MELBOURNE––As the electorate prepares for the 2016 elections, I propose that we rethink the rationality as well as the practicality of a government framework wherein the delivery of public services, from revenue collection to urban housing, all intersect at the Office of the President. We have known for years that ...

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