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FROM Saturday morning till Monday evening, typhoon Ruby whipped various parts of the country before exiting to the South China/West Philippine Sea en route to Vietnam. Despite the big media hype that preceded its arrival, it proved to be less lethal and devastating than last year’s super typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan, which flattened Tacloban and disabled Guiuan, Samar, and other parts of Eastern…

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In the last few months, President B. S. Aquino 3rd has managed to ignore completely the call coming from the National Transformation Council, and repeatedly articulated by its moral and spiritual leaders, for him to step down. The Council believes Aquino had “won” the presidency in an “illegitimate and illegal election” conducted by a foreign company (Smartmatic) on behalf of the Commission on Elections, (which has the exclusive mandate to conduct elections), using the precinct count optical scan machine, after it had been divested, in violation of law, of all its safety features and accuracy mechanisms…

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Despite the hype on our reputedly “higher than China’s” or “first in Southeast Asia” GDP growth, we are told, at last, that the economy has slowed, reportedly because of low spending on the part of government.
You don’t need a PhD in economics to know it doesn’t make sense.
From 2012 to 2013, President B. S. Aquino 3rd diverted hundreds of billions of pesos from the national budget into the unconstitutional Disbursement Acceleration Program, ostensibly “to ramp up public spending and accelerate GDP growth…

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Today the National Transformation Council convenes its fourth assembly in the former Clark Air Base in Pampanga, after having gone to Lipa, Cebu and Butuan, in its effort to mobilize support for peaceful regime and systems change. As in the first three assemblies, I have been asked to facilitate the proceedings. This is always a welcome assignment.
However, this coincides with a once-in-a-lifetime cultural event. The Cultural Center of the Philippines is celebrating…

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I cannot say enough in favor of the petition by various groups to finally junk the precinct count optical scan or PCOS machines, which Smartmatic, the Venezuelan company, had used, on behalf of the Commission on Elections, to rig the 2010 and 2013 elections, and which the Comelec would like to use again, if we are going to have elections in 2016…

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With a lot of fervor, the entire country is preparing to receive Pope Francis in January. This is not hard to digest. We could be the last truly Catholic country in the world after the Vatican, and most of us are eager to see the Pope. In all our churches,…

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On my way home Sunday from Rome, where I attended Humanum, the international interreligious colloquium on the complementarity of man and woman which Pope Francis opened last week, the monotonous stillness of the flight from Dubai to Manila was suddenly broken by the uninhibited bawling of a Filipina passenger on the window seat immediately behind us.

It caught everyone’s attention in our section of the plane…

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Undocumented Filipinos in the United States as well as their relatives in the Philippines can only cheer President Barack Obama’s resolve to legalize the stay of five million undocumented immigrants in the US. They are, after all, going to benefit from it. But it is far from an accomplished fact. The Republican majority in Congress is questioning its constitutionality, and the Aquino administration may not be able to express a position on it, without…

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ROME: These last three days I have had the good fortune of listening to some of the most powerful voices on marriage, as the permanent union of one man and one woman for the propagation and education of the human race. I am both awed and chastened that these are coming not only from the highest Catholic sources but equally from the other Abrahamic and non-Abrahamic faiths. Until then, I could not imagine the other confessions trying to outdo the Catholics in trying to prevent the lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender (LGBT) relativization and redefinition of marriage…

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Since August this year, the National Transformation Council has repeatedly declared in various assemblies in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao that the political system no longer works, and that it’s got to change. Not only has the system been thoroughly corrupted, rather corruption itself has become the system; therefore, not only…

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