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We are made to believe that President B. S. Aquino 3rd wants the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee to wind up its open-ended “inquiry in aid of legislation” into Vice President Jejomar C. Binay’s alleged wrongdoings when he was still mayor of Makati. And we are made to believe that the…

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Is Aquino trying to block Pope’s visit to Tacloban?

Nothing could sound sillier. But it is the first unavoidable reaction to President B. S. Aquino 3rd’s announced decision to close down the Daniel Z. Romualdez airport on the first anniversary of super typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda, which nearly wiped out the city of Tacloban on Nov. 8, 2013.

Pope Francis is coming in January precisely to visit…

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The Senate blue ribbon committee affair must have alarmed such a number of people that wherever I have gone these days, one question kept coming up–isn’t it time to abolish the Senate? Many seem to feel the inmates are now running the madhouse, and the only thing to do is to shut it down. I have had to answer, the question is not whether it’s time, but how?..

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Not many expected Vice President Jejomar C. Binay to come to the Cabinet meeting last week after President B. S. Aquino 3rd said he was free to leave if he disliked the way he was running the government. They prayed he would accept the challenge, and…

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A distraught reader asks, How can three brash young men, in such a hurry, go berserk in the Senate without being restrained and held to account by the leaders of the Chamber or by the other members? Why have we not heard from the other senators whose faces we see in all sorts of cheap commercial ads and who are occasionally mentioned as “presidential aspirants” for 2016? Have we become…

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I left the country more than two weeks ago, and the central focus then of Senators Antonio Trillanes 4th, Alan Peter Cayetano and Aquilino Pimentel 3rd and their principal media ally was the alleged wrongdoing and ill-gotten wealth of Vice President Jejomar Binay when he was still mayor of Makati. I came home yesterday from that short trip, and the same parties were still focused on the same thing. Only the intensity of the assault seems to have changed.

For the past few months, this has been the single most important issue confronting the three young terrors of the Senate, and…

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In one of the more impressive political performances this year, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi used three words—democracy, demography and demand–before 20,000 Indian Americans at the Madison Square Garden in New York City last September to describe India’s “strengths.” It was a tour de force. No recent political speech has made as much impact upon thoughtful audiences around the world.

Modi, whose phenomenal parliamentary victory in May gave Delhi its first big- majority government in thirty years and virtually…

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah: While the world’s Catholic bishops recently spent two weeks in Rome exploring ways and means of deepening the gospel values for the family, an international group of pro-family leaders recently met in this city to examine the prospects of the natural family in the years ahead.…

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To this year’s canonization of two great popes—Saint Pope John Paul II and Saint Pope John XXIII—the Catholic Church has added the beatification of Paul VI, the pope who presided over the final stages of the Second Vatican Council but who is probably best known to Catholics and non-Catholics alike as the author of Humanae Vitae, the 1968 encyclical which declares in no uncertain terms the error and evil of contraception, or artificial birth control.

Pope Francis solemnly declared his heroic predecessor “Blessed” at the conclusion of the two-week Extraordinary General…

FRANCISCO S. TATAD A SHOCKER MYSTERIOUSLY APPEARS AT THE SYNOD ON THE FAMILY

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Contrary to all media speculations that the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops would create a “seismic shift” in Church teaching on human sexuality and marriage, 191 Catholic bishops from all over the world recently ended their two-week discussions at the Vatican without agreeing to any such change. This did not come without a fight, nor has the world heard the last word on it. But for now orthodoxy has prevailed.

Pope Francis convened the Synod on the first week of October to take a fresh look into the Church’s evangelizing mission….

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