TITA VALDERAMA

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte is right when he says that no law disqualifies Margaux “Mocha” Uson from becoming president of the Philippines. He also once said that boxing champ Manny Pacquiao may become president one day. Why not? But Uson will have to wait until 2028 before she can run for…

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NEWS about the two explosions in Quiapo on Saturday evening sent chills down the spine of some people, primarily because it happened barely a week after a blast in the same vicinity that injured 14 people. I learned about the explosions—one happened at around 5:40 p.m. and the other at…

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THE chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Director General Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa, has once again shown his incompetence in his handling of the secret detention cell discovered at the Manila Police District (MPD) Station 1 in Tondo, Manila. Instead of holding to task the station commander and…

TITA C. VALDERAMA

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TRULY caring for the poor is more than giving them alms, providing them “lugaw” for breakfast or dinner, or even allowing them to occupy an idled housing project. We have a long-held adage that says, “Give a man fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man how…

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WHILE watching the procession of carrozas with life-sized statues of saints and tableaus depicting the passion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday in Baliuag, Bulacan, the text printed on the T-shirts of a group of participants caught my attention. It said: “He died for me, I’ll live for Him.” The…

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IN this era of “alternative facts” in which competing explanations are offered to mislead and spread falsehood, perhaps it is time to think of other options to observe the Holy Week. We are aware that simply visiting seven or more churches during Holy Week does not make one holy. Even…

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IF the Constitution needs to be changed, the provisions on qualifications for public office should get the priority. Recent events have shown us that we have people both in elective and appointive positions whose qualifications do not meet the requirements and tests that lowly employees undergo. But then, that seems…

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THE month of March this year did not seem like a celebration of the International Women’s Month in the Philippines. Instead of getting accolades for the role they play in government, some prominent women leaders were not only vilified but also accused of criminal offenses. Senator Leila de Lima, whose…

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CARL Nigel is turning five years old today. Unlike in most birthday celebrations, Carl won’t get to blow the candles on his cake and to play with other kids. He is attached to machines at the pediatric intensive care unit of the Philippine Heart Center (PHC), fighting for dear life.…

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WHILE Congress takes time debating the proposed reduction in the withholding tax on income, taxpayers are burdened with other taxes and increasing prices of goods and services. In Quezon City, for instance, real property owners have to suffer 39 to 131 percent increases in their tax payments this year following…

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