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SOME people just don’t do well with apologies. The sincerity just doesn’t come across well. When someone says ‘sorry’ for hurting you, but without really regretting the substance of the remark that offended you, you wonder if the offender is really sorry. President Rodrigo Duterte is apparently building up his…

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AFTER the Supreme Court declared as unconstitutional the multi-billion peso Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) and other lump sum items in the annual budget of the national government, and with political groups already gearing for the next elections, we should keep sharper focus on how the administration will spend the…

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THE 16th Congress has been in session for almost five months with only one measure that has become law—Republic Act 10632, postponing the October 28, 2013 Sangguniang Kabataan elections. The only law that the present Congress has so far produced tasked the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to set the new…

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WHEN monster Typhoon Yolanda (known as Haiyan outside the Philippines) came on November 8, my family was still deeply mourning the loss of our beloved sister. It was a long and fierce fight against cancer that nearly drained us all emotionally, physically, and financially. But it was a two-year, hard-fought…

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With the Supreme Court declaring the pork barrel system as unconstitutional, we should expect Congress to shape up. Without the pork barrel funds that distract senators and congressmen from the task of crafting laws, they are presented an opportunity to redeem themselves from brickbats brought on by reports of abuses…

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Now that search, rescue and relief operations in areas ravaged by monster storm Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) are finally getting organized after more than one week, the more demanding task of rebuilding homes and infrastructures should soon begin. While many survivors who have lost their homes have left Tacloban and…

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The devastation that super typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) left behind is beyond words to describe. And we may have not seen the worst yet. Many coastal areas in Leyte and Samar provinces have not been reached as of Sunday. Communication lines are still down two days since the super…

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The Filipino electorate has a chance to demonstrate its maturity through the proposal of retired Supreme Court Chief Justice Reynato S. Puno to abolish the controversial pork barrel through a People’s Initiative. Through this mechanism provided for in the Constitution, voters can assert themselves against the shameless abuse of using…

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LET me reiterate that today’s barangay election is not to be taken for granted. Being the smallest geographical unit in governance, the barangay is the appropriate level for radical changes that the country need. It is easy to choose the candidate who deserves to be elected in rural areas where…

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GOOD governance should not just be a byword. It should be more than a slogan. If we are to take it seriously, we ought to become part of it regardless of our standing in the community. The October 28 barangay election is a good opportunity to take part in the…

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