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The AFP fugue

By MAURO GIA SAMONTE July 07, 2019 MAURO GIA SAMONTE Like the opening movement of a grand symphony, the show unfolds in a burst of sounds and fury, as from the frenzied beating of drums and cymbals, the ear-splitting blowing of trumpets and horns, the angry roll of fingers on …

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We don’t have a plan for that

By MARLEN V. RONQUILLO July 07, 2019 MARLEN V. RONQUILLO “Nerding out” is a new phrase that has entered the American political lexicon. It roughly means speaking about a geeky, nerdy topic with depth and passion. One of the presidential aspirants running in the current Democratic Party primary is responsible …

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To be ‘written in heaven,’ be a harvesting lamb

By RICARDO SALUDO July 07, 2019 Ricardo Saludo “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest. Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves.… Behold, I have given you the …

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Child captives of the migrant camps and jails

By FR. SHAY CULLEN, SSC July 07, 2019 FR. SHAY CULLEN, SSC They are held in captivity in small, overcrowded, jail-like pens. The unsanitary and dangerous cramped enclosures are their prisons. That was until the photo images of their confinement went viral on social media and there was an international …

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Adapt or perish

By THE MANILA TIMES July 07, 2019 JESUS JAY MIRANDA, OP In the mid-20th century, Leon Megginson tweaked the basic tenet of Charles Darwin’s Natural Selection of Species. He said, “It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive, but those who can best manage change.” Then …

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Libya tragedy: Why lock up migrants in the first place?

By THE MANILA TIMES July 07, 2019 UNITED NATIONS: A military strike on a detention center for migrants in Libya that claimed dozens of lives on Tuesday, July 2, has reignited a debate over the poor treatment of the mainly African people who transit through the turbulent country. The United …

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Trust in the Constitution of the oceans as key to peace in SCS

By YEN MAKABENTA July 06, 2019 YEN MAKABENTA First word IT perplexes many that our tough-talking President Rodrigo Duterte, who has been insolent toward leaders like President Barack Obama and Pope Francis, becomes soft-headed when he deals with Chinese President Xi Jinping and China’s actions in the South China Sea …

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Juramentado comeback is very worrisome

By RAMON T. TULFO July 06, 2019 RAMON T. TULFO IF the twin blasts in a military camp in Sulu were the handiwork of Filipino suicide bombers, as Philippine National Police Chief Oscar Albayalde said, then the public has cause for worry. That means that there will be more bombings …

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The fallacy of the war and unenforceability argument

By ANTONIO CONTRERAS July 06, 2019 ANTONIO P. CONTRERAS IN the 2004 movie “The Village,” directed by M. Night Shyamalan, the elders of a village used an imaginary monster as a form of social control. This is what many in President Duterte’s government, including himself and his supporters, are doing …

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