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    Ricardo Saludo

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    FAITH HEALER

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    SUNDAY READ

    Yesterday, today and tomorrow commemorate three saints with much to impart for our time and all time, for that matter. Saint Monica’s memorial was yesterday, August 27, a day before the feast of her son St. Augustine, the 5th Century bishop of Hippo in North Africa. His vast….

    Marlen V. Ronquillo

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    SUNDAY STORIES

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    From a personal realm, I admire Mr. Duterte. He defies tradition, shatters orthodoxies, and he wants to take the country to a path never taken before. Just to untangle the country from its old and deep ties with the liberal global order is an exciting — though risky — one.…

    Today's Headlines

    SINGAPORE: Islamic State jihadists are eyeing expansion into Southeast Asia by joining forces with local extremists, a senior US counter-terrorism official warned. IS has a history of partnering with militant groups around the world, including in Egypt, Libya and Nigeria, and wants to broaden its reach in the region, according to Justin Siberell, acting coordinator for counter-terrorism at the US State Department. “My understanding is that they have looked at existing groups across the region,” Siberell said in a conference call from Washington with Asia-based journalists. “There have been people that have pledged affiliation and allegiance to IS at the…

    No one is safe: More big quakes expected

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    MOSCOW: After an earthquake killed hundreds in Italy earlier this week, experts warn that an even worse disaster is imminent as the planet is overdue for high-magnitude earthquakes along Earth’s largest fault lines. UTS Geotechnical and Earthquake Engineering senior lecturer Dr. Behzad Fatahi warned that “no one in the world…

    Let’s put an end to ‘endo’

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    One of the most dreaded words among the working class Filipinos is “endo,” short for ‘end of contract,’ causing anxiety among those hired with no guarantee of passing the maximum six-month probation regardless of their level of efficiency as companies try to avoid the cost of regular employment. This has…

    ‘Emergency powers not needed’

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    Granting President Rodrigo Duterte emergency powers to solve the traffic problems in Metro Manila should be the last resort of the government, former 1-UTAK party-list Rep. Vigor Mendoza 2nd said Saturday. “Emergency powers are not needed to decongest [traffic]. If we are to use emergency powers, we might as well…

    Banks may use yen for peso liquidity

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    BSP-BOJ cross-border liquidity pact now in force Banks in the Philippines can now tap the yen/peso swap facility of the Bank of Japan and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) as the rules governing the agreement between the two monetary authorities took effect Friday. The facility, or the cross-border liquidity…

    Batang Pier blasts Rain or Shine in Albay

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    Terrence Romeo and Anthony Jay Washington joined forces to lead GlobalPort to a 101-99 triumph over Rain or Shine on Saturday in the Philippine Basketball Association Season 41 Governors’ Cup at the Ibalong Centrum for Recreation gym in Legazpi City, Albay. Romeo scored 33 points, including crucial three-pointer and a…

    Djokovic, Nadal drawn for potential US Open semi-final clash

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    NEW YORK: Defending champion Novak Djokovic and fellow two-time winner Rafael Nadal were drawn for a potential US Open semi-final clash on Friday (Saturday in Manila). Djokovic, the top seed who has been nursing a wrist injury since a shock first round loss at the Olympics, begins his campaign against…

    My greatest racing heartaches

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    There is only one winner in racing. That one may be an individual in sprint races or a team of drivers that race in endurance events. The win though is shared with the whole team composed of the support crew, team fans and sponsors, that are sometimes more emotional than…

    Global FC inches closer to UFL title

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    Global FC is just a few games away from bagging a rare United Football League (UFL) double after winning 12 of their last 13 games. The Dan Palami-backed Global FC became known as one of the country’s best football clubs when they won their first double in 2012. “For us,…

    UFC 20 years ago and beyond

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    About 20 years ago, a friend of mine who was into the martial arts training lent me a videotape of the Universal Fighting Championship (UFC) 4 that was staged in December 16, 1994. At the time, the Internet was virtually non-existent (at least in the Philippines) and very few households…

    Young jin grateful to taekwondo

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    She’s not just a writer; she’s also a  fighter. Nicole Abigail Cham discovered a new world in the Korean martial art of taekwondo. “It started when my father enrolled me and my brother in a taekwondo class in the summer of 2006 in Valenzuela City,” she recalled. Taekwondo has been…

    Lawmaker wants ceasefire monitored

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    BAGUIO CITY: Ifugao Rep. Teodoro Bagui­lat Jr. urged the government to institute ceasefire mechanisms at the local level to monitor the indefinite truce forged between the military and the Communist Party of the Philippines-National Democratic Front -New People’s Army (CPP-NDF-NPA). Baguilat stressed that local monitors are necessary to ensure compliance…

    Italy mourns earthquake dead

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    ASCOLI PICENO, Italy: Flags flew at half mast across Italy on Saturday as the country observed a day of mourning for the victims of an earthquake that killed nearly 300 people. President Sergio Mattarella paid tribute to the “extraordinary effort” of more than 4,000 rescue experts and volunteers as he…

    Nine national heroes

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    The ‘unofficial’ list of the Philippines’ revered patriots Held on the last Monday of every August, Filipinos celebrate National Heroes’ Day to honor the sacrifices of our ancestors who bravely fought for the nation’s freedom. The chosen date further marks the “Cry of Pugad Lawin” in 1896, which is recorded…

    2 conventions, 2 festivals bring Hollywood stars to Manila

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    A special ‘Fan Girl’ guide to a happening weekend Some weekends, we’re twiddling our thumbs looking for things to do. And then there are welcome anomalies like this weekend, which has four big events to excite every fan boy and fan girl. Ready, get set, take your pick! Event No.…

    10th Generation Civic hatchback sails for the US

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    The first mass-production 10th-generation Honda Civics have now set sail for the United States. Due to arrive in dealers across North America by September, the US version Civic is made by Honda’s United Kingdom manufacturing base in Swindon. The story comes after last year’s announcement that Honda of the UK…

    Stepping into the ‘Neighborhood’

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    ADIDAS originals, or the sports apparel world’s famed “Three Stripes,” has just opened its Neighborhood flagship stores in Uptown BGC, Taguig, and at Glorietta Mall in Makati City. Neigborhood stores take inspiration from the spirit of the city and Manila’s flagship outlets tell the culture and stories that come with…

    Nine national heroes

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    The ‘unofficial’ list of the Philippines’ revered patriots Held on the last Monday of every August, Filipinos celebrate National Heroes’ Day to honor the sacrifices of our ancestors who bravely fought for the nation’s freedom. The chosen date further marks the “Cry of Pugad Lawin” in 1896, which is recorded…