MA. ISABEL ONGPIN

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THE following has been going on in the Sulu Sea in the past few months. First, a multiple number of sea-jackings for kidnapping for ransom purposes of international ships passing international waters. And the latest, the abduction and killing at sea of eight fishermen in the area. The very latest…

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WE are in the time of travel advisories. These are words of caution, if not prohibition, put out by countries regarding travel by their citizens to other countries for the danger and lawlessness that may meet them. Travel advisories are official notices, not just suggestions but demands for compliance. Behind…

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ONE bit of good news is that President Duterte is listening to his economic managers. Particularly in the case of the raise in SSS pensions. He is trying to find a sensible and effective way that the pensions can be raised without ruining the Social Security System for its future…

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LIKE the rest of the country despite the problems that lie about us, it is the season to look at the brighter side of life. Bringing our thoughts upward to the Divinity remembering the birth of His Son to redeem Mankind, familial warmth, public celebrations, hearty repasts whether modest or…

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THERE is a definite feeling of unease among people observing current events in this country. The unabated killings of supposed drug addicts and pushers, mostly poor, are not being taken seriously enough by the administration to warrant a police task force to hunt down the killers and end the gross…

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THIS year has brought many visible and dramatic signs that most of the world is discontented and rebellious. The electorates of the United Kingdom, Italy and the United States have delivered anti-establishment election results. More are expected to do the same as further elections take place. These events have occurred…

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I DID not watch or hear the “in aid of legislation” committee hearing in the Lower House which in a way was fortunate on my part. Unfortunately, I read about what transpired and it was dismal, demeaning of the legislators, and a new low in public discourse. Nothing in aid…

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WHATEVER else is happening in this country, the holiday season is upon us and will not go away. Aside from the early Christmas carols and the ubiquitous Christmas decor from trees to wreaths, followed by gift-wrapped stuff and Christmas cards, the parties and other events with the theme of Christmas…

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IT is indisputable that like other countries at this time we are weighted down with a drug problem in virtually all sectors of our society. Something has to be done and it has to be effective. Violence won’t do because it will breed more violence, either as extrajudicial killings as…

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