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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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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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