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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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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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