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Amidst the bubble of public enthusiasm over the apostolic visit of Pope Francis, which begins tomorrow, this question asks itself because of the unresolved corruption scandals that have plagued and continue to plague the country, despite its apparent overflow of Christian piety. How could so much unbridled corruption, not to…

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Our worst fear was that Kim Jong-Un, North Korea’s supreme leader, would mark the New Year by sending a nuke to Sony Pictures for finally deciding to show the movie “The Interview,” which portrays his fictional assassination. To our pleasant surprise, nothing like this has happened: the rather inane movie…

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This is now the central question.  We are all committed to a functioning constitutional democratic order. Which means, among other things, regular and genuinely free elections.  But the 2010 and 2013 national elections, which produced the criminal syndicate now running the Aquino government, made a complete farce of our electoral…

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2014 was a bad year for the poor. And the year before that. And the hundred years or so before that. Now, inspired largely by Pope Francis’s apostolic visit this month, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has declared 2015 the Year of the Poor. What can we possibly hope for?..

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The current Manila film festival, which runs until this week, has brought to the screen a simplified retelling of the life of Gat Andres Bonifacio, with a most provocative message: “I gave my life for freedom, what will you do with yours?” It is a question addressed to all Filipinos.…

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The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has released a simple and dignified program for Pope Francis’s four-day apostolic visit to the Philippines. The Pope is coming to express his solidarity with the poor and victims of recent calamities; he will bring his message of “mercy and compassion” to at…

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As we enter the new year, it is good for us to consider how much ground we have covered, if any, in our journey toward our desired goal. Have we moved at all?  Are we moving?  Or have we just been running on a treadmill at an erratic pace? The…

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The last few days have brought me so many cheerful Christmas messages from friends, and also some troubled questions about our nation and the world. The questions are a mix of the political and the theological. They become more difficult as they move from one category to the next. Could…

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There are two seasons within the year when the whole of Christendom turns with particular fervor as one family to God. Our tradition is rich in both. The first is Christmas, which celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, whom Christians believe is the Son of the Living God, come to…

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For most of the year now ending, we grieved as a people over the loss of some of our most precious public goods and basic liberties. Our Constitution, customs and consciences were viciously violated, our treasury pillaged and plundered, and all by the powers and forces that were supposed to protect and promote those goods and liberties. Congress became a willing and eager captive and tool of the Palace. And for a while, Supreme Court Justices lay in mortal fear that they would follow the path of Chief Justice Renato Corona who was impeached and removed for applying the agrarian reform law on Hacienda Luisita, the Cojuangco family estate…

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