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Unhealthy outbreak of DU30 health speculation

Instead of allowing our imagination and proclivity to gossip to wreak havoc on our collective psyche, we urge the government bureaucracy, the general public and the media to take guidance first from the specific constitutional provision governing the President’s health or occurrence of illness. It is contained in Section 12, …

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Itogon tragedy yet another wakeup call vs mining ills

THE typhoon-induced landslide that buried a bunkhouse in the mining village of Ucab in Itogon, Benguet, is yet another tragic reminder of the perils of mining, particularly small-scale mining. The Ucab landslide victims, according to the Chamber of Mines, were among those engaged in illegal gold-mining activities near the bunkhouse …

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Bad homilies

NOTHING turns off the regular Mass-goer than a priest’s bad homily. The faithful know when the priest is woefully unprepared; the homily is neither here nor there and goes on and on. At times, the priest meanders into politics, alienating those of a different persuasion. God forbid if the priest …

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Binondo-Intramuros bridge project requires thoughtful plan

EARLIER this week the Chamber of Commerce of the Philippine Islands (CCPI) and preservation groups rejected the government’s plan to build a Binondo-Intramuros bridge, saying it would ruin parts of Manila’s historic walled city without necessarily helping ease traffic. The bridge is one of a dozen new bridges to be …

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Unreasonable, unconscionable arrest of lawyers

THE two big groups representing Filipino lawyers — the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) and the much older Philippine Bar Association (PBA) — have come out with statements siding with three of their fellow lawyers who were arrested during a police raid of a Makati City bar on August …

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DoE should heed Congress, scrap diesel rule

IN an effort to cushion the impact of higher fuel prices on public utility vehicle (PUV) operators, the Department of Energy (DoE) earlier this month issued a directive to oil companies to offer Euro 2-compliant diesel fuel to their customers. On Thursday, however, a key congressional committee recommended the DoE …

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Senate must reject Sotto’s 14th month pay bill

SENATE President Vicente Sotto 3rd’s heart may be in the right place, but his bill mandating “14th month pay” for all non-government workers is a potential disaster for Philippine labor and the economy, and must be rejected. Sotto’s Senate Bill 2, which he hopes will become the “14th Month Pay …

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MIAA, CAAP need more efficient managers

None of the passengers and crew aboard the Boeing 737 passenger jet of China’s Xiamen Airlines that skidded off the runway at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport last Thursday was injured, but the chaos resulting from the accident lasted well into Monday. Hundreds of flights have been canceled or diverted …

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Latest sex abuse crisis humbles the Catholic Church

THE Catholic Church last week plunged into its biggest sex abuse crisis since it survived the pedophile scandal out of Boston archdiocese more than a decade ago. In a 1,356-page report, a Pennsylvania grand jury detailed decades of abuse and rape of children, adolescents and women by priests and other …

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America’s burden: Return of the Balangiga bells

The nation should welcome the statement on Saturday of the US embassy in Manila that the United States will return to the Philippines the church bells of Balangiga, Samar. The bells were seized by US troops as trophies during the US-Philippine war of 1898-1902. The bells’ return will be a …

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