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THERE are a couple of profoundly sensational things President Rodrigo Duterte threatens to do, and he’s got us on tenterhooks waiting to see what he will finally do. Given his well-known track record, no one knows if he really means what he says, and what truly motivates him. Where crime…

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FR. Romeo “Archie” Intengan, S.J., 75, was laid to rest at the Jesuit Cemetery in Novaliches, Quezon City, on Saturday morning amidst a huge outpouring of prayers, praise, affection and thanksgiving from all sorts of people for the priest, physician, patriot, political thinker, social reformer and friend of the poor…

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SOME people would probably call it, “snatching defeat from the jaws of victory”. On October 5, the committee on justice of the House of Representatives voted, 26-2, to junk the impeachment complaint filed by former Negros Congressman Jacinto Paras and lawyer Ferdinand Topaciowith the assistance of legal counsel Manuelito Luna…

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THE committee on justice of the House of Representatives has found the impeachment complaint filed by lawyer Lorenzo Gadon against Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno sufficient in form and in substance. This is the first step. If at least one-third of all the members of the House, which…

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AMID rising complaints against police extra-judicial killings in the murderous drug war, President Rodrigo Duterte got a shot in the arm last week when China handed over 3,000 M4 assault rifles, three million rounds of assorted ammunition and 90 sniper scopes, worth $3.3 million, to replace a botched US sale…

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I WOKE up yesterday, on my first day as a 78-year-old, feeling that the world, as I had known it, had ended or was ending, and I had no knowledge of where I was. The press reports said it all. President Rodrigo Duterte accused the discredited Liberal Party of conspiring…

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TODAY, the world’s animal lovers will be taking their pets to church for the customary “blessing of animals” on the feast-day of St. Francis of Assisi. In a country drowning in so much blood from a murderous drug war, we could learn from this great saint how to love not…

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A MULTITUDE of monumental ills are raining upon President Rodrigo Duterte’s 14-month-old regime and many are beginning to fear he may not last longer. This leads off with the extrajudicial killings in the murderous drug war, and rampant corruption. There are a few others. But on these two issues alone,…

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IN my column on Monday, September 25, (“The DU30 opposition is here, not ‘Yellow,’ but Church-based”), I wrote the following: “The latest unofficial count has placed the extra-judicial killings at 14,000. But the Philippine National Police admits no more than 3,800 and an official Philippine statement to the UN Human…

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IF extra-judicial killing, fake news and lying have become state policies, and President Rodrigo Duterte is determined to impose them in the name of autocratic power, what kind of country have we become, and what kind of values are we prepared to pass on, if any, to the next generation?…

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