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Bringing back the dignity of health centers

BATANG MAYNILA By MAYOR ISKO MORENO Manila Mayor Isko Moreno The fact that I was raised and grew up in the slums of Manila makes me fully understand how important free health care is, specially for those who are sick and do not have the money to seek medical treatment …

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Why forgive your enemies

WORD ALIVE By FR. BEL SAN LUIS, SVD Fr. Bel R. San Luis, SVD When I was assigned in a college in the Ilocos, I was trying to patch up the bitter quarrel between two teachers. Calling them one by one to my office, I tried to use my Dale-Carnegie-influence …

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Words to ashes

THROUGH UNTRUE By FR. ROLANDO V. DELA ROSA, OP Fr. Rolando V. Dela Rosa, O.P. Three days from now, ashes will be sprinkled on the crown of our heads as we observe Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the 40-day Lenten Season. During this season, we are enjoined to perform penitential …

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In the uncertain         

IT’S THE SMALL THINGS By ALEX M. EDUQUE Alex Eduque Uncertainty, in my opinion, is a universally dreaded feeling. After all, we are creatures who subconsciously want to always be in control, whether we realize it or not. This is not something we think about on a daily basis. In …

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ABS-CBN still has some hope, but it has to eat some humble pie

THINKING PINOY By RJ NIETO RJ Nieto ABS-CBN’s legislative franchise, the primary legal basis for the TV network’s operations, expires on March 30. Some legislators argue that ABS-CBN may still broadcast while its franchise bills are still pending if they can secure a temporary permit from the National Telecommunications Commission …

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Phase 2 of nationwide street clearing program

It took a presidential directive to make the nation’s mayors carry out a basic rule in local government — public streets should not be used for private ends, most especially when the end result of the neglect is traffic chaos such as Metro Manila’s traffic jams. At his State of …

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Profiles of two saintly pontiffs

CHANGING WORLD By DR. BERNARDO M. VILLEGAS Dr. Bernardo M. Villegas Like many other viewers of the Netflix film “The Two Popes,” I shared the initial good impression of a former Swiss Guard as he began watching the much discussed film. What struck him was the careful reconstruction of the …

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New York Jesuits

VOICE FROM THE SOUTH By FR. EMETERIO BARCELON, SJ Fr. Emeterio Barcelon, SJ How did the American Jesuits get to the Philippines? The New York Jesuit province was looking for a mission to start in mid-1920. They had the potential of going to Alaska so that people like Fr. Pollock …

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Beauties and beasts

MEDIUM RARE By JULLIE Y. DAZA Jullie Y. Daza Chavit Singson has hogged the whole nine yards, call him governor, congressman, mayor, councilor, and now mayor again. Barangay captain would be his next aspiration, or would it? For now he’s focused on the beauties – the Miss Universe brand – …

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