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Trumped up charges

IN March this year, US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spokesman Kate Waldman announced proposed changes to welfare reform law “intended to protect the American taxpayer by ensuring that foreign nationals seeking to enter or remain in the US are self-sufficient.” A proposed rule was supposed to codify this intent …

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Violent crime in Guihulngan City and central Negros

A SERIES of extrajudicial killings followed the July 21, 2017 ambush in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental, in which six police officers, including the local chief of police, were killeld by the Leonardo Panaligan Command-Central Negros Front (LPC-CNF) of the communist New People’s Army (NPA). From July 23 to November 5, …

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What if DU30 finally says, it’s fake news?

THE severe fallout from President Rodrigo Duterte’s words about “resigning because of sheer fatigue” will likely not go away even if he should say now he never said those words. His thinning ranks of propagandists are now scraping the bottom of the barrel of nonbiodegradable nonsense, trying to persuade the …

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Benigno Simeon Aquino Aquino

I’M sure most of my readers will wonder at the title of this column, and see it as familiar and strange at the same time. While he has been widely known as “Benigno S. Aquino, Jr.”, “Ninoy’s” official name, going by the Filipino convention, was Benigno Simeon Aquino Aquino. His …

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PH economic resilience depends on concerted effort

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Nestor Espenilla Jr. the past week sent all the right signals concerning the Philippine economy’s prospects in the face of looming external threats. This is reassuring, but only if our leaders in other parts of the government follow the BSP’s lead in taking proactive and …

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The Senate is not a junk yard

Let me start with the qualifications for Philippine Senators: 1. Natural born citizen of the Philippines 2. At least 35 years old on the day of the election 3. Able to read and write 4. Registered voter 5. Resident of the Philippines for not less than 2 years immediately preceding …

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The challenges to the family today

Dublin,Ireland: What is family to each one of us and how important is it to belong to a family? We all greatly desire and long for the secure “happy family” whose members love and trust each other, share solidarity, give mutual help and care and are faithful to shared values …

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Relics: What’s so great about bits of saints?

You can ask the people lining up this morning at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Cebu City to venerate the relics of St. Pio of Pietrelcina, popularly known as the stigmatist Capuchin priest Padre Pio. For half a century from September 20, 1918, till his passing on September 23, …

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Federalism push now both a farce and tragedy

Political scientists and constitutional experts are now writing, either with sadness or frustration, or both, on the great unravelling of the move to shift the form of government from a unitary government to a federal one. First to unravel was the farce, the fact that all the three drafts on …

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NAIA incident raises need to upgrade airport

LATE Thursday night, a Xiamen Airlines flight arriving from China in heavy weather conditions skidded off the main runway upon landing at Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Fortunately, no one was injured in the accident, but the disabled aircraft forced the closure of the runway, immediately throwing the country’s primary international …

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