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IT seemed like Goliath vs David: the verbal joust between House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and twenty something lawyer Mary Therese Anderson, top aide of Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon, over her Facebook post calling the fourth-highest official in the land an “imbecile” for threatening to abolish the Court of…

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Conclusion Many devotees and followers of Our Lady of Fatima’s apparitions and messages a century ago tended to focus on fearful or even catastrophic events in the world. So it is in today’s here-and-now, this-life-focused perspective. Yet which is far more fearful for a believer — dying in a devastating…

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A YEAR since stepping down as President, Benigno Aquino 3rd granted his first interview to an online news service, covering such issues as foreign relations, pork barrel investigations, illegal drugs, and the January 2015 massacre of 44 police commandos in Mamasapano, Maguindanao. Critics will surely dispute Aquino’s assertions and defense…

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Non-believers call it coincidence, and many believers, too. Just don’t count the number of coincidences. That may be what many in the audience might have thought during this writer’s presentation to leaders of lay groups of the Archdiocese of Manila for their monthly…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte is right. The case to be filed against his predecessor, Benigno Aquino 3rd, by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales is bound to fail. Aquino can easily beat the charge of usurpation of authority in letting then-suspended Philippine National Police Chief Alan Purisima direct the botched January 2015 police…

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SEN. Leila de Lima is at a loss. Why, she asks, are most Filipinos silent about the thousands of suspect killings in President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs? Because of this, she laments, the nation faces a human rights crisis. She muses in a speech read for her yesterday by…

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It may well be the great tension in the Catholic Church today: justice or mercy? Two millennia of teaching and practice have stressed theological, liturgical and moral principles and practices for believers to believe and live by. But in…

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IT’S got to be an act. That’s the only explanation for it: House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has this unfailing knack of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, so to speak, just when President Rodrigo Duterte scores with the public, the media, some key sector. Take the past week. The…

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Last Tuesday to Thursday, this writer was privileged to join dozens of bishops and archbishops, along with priests, nuns and laypeople, many from the Marian Solidarity for Pope Francis movement, at the annual retreat of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines. Held at the Divine Word Seminary’s Chapel of…

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SOME of the commentary on President Rodrigo Duterte’s first year in office border on the absurd. One opposition congressman was headlined saying nothing was accomplished since noontime on June 30, 2016. So, the nearly four out of every five Filipinos expressing trust, approval and satisfaction with Duterte, according to Pulse…

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