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THE historian, Horacio de la Costa, S.J., once shrewdly observed that in our national language (and in Tagalog), there are two words for “we.” 1. There is “kami,” the we exclusive, meaning “we” excluding “you.” 2. And there is “tayo,” the we inclusive, meaning “we” including “you.” Fr. Leo James…

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EVER the optimists, Filipinos—at least 96 percent of them—will welcome the New Year with hope, and only a tiny minority, 4 percent, are fearful of what’s in store for 2018. According to the Social Weather Stations, this is a record high since it began asking the poll question nearly two…

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Cryptocurrencies are giving us the creeps. Word has spread like wildfire around the world about one such particular digital currency called Bitcoin, and how it has brought fortunes to some global currency market traders and risk-defying investors in a matter of days or weeks. But like any get-rich-quick schemes in…

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IT is heartening to know all agencies concerned are getting mobilized to investigate the circumstances of the mall fire that hit Davao City on Saturday and give justice to the 38 young call center agents who died while trapped inside the burning NCCC building. While the Bureau of Fire Protection…

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IN AN unsurprising move, the Philippines last week abstained from the United Nations General Assembly vote on the United States’ contentious decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The status of Jerusalem is a very clear faultline in international diplomacy. Jerusalem is of course considered by three religions…

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Like many things that were great during the first bloom of youth, the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) today has fallen into hard times. It has a hard time making money at the box office. It produces more bad films than good; it is dominated by tired movie formulas. Those…

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Christmas is an occasion for Filipinos to reflect anew on an institution that is most important to them – the family, and the union that serves as its basis, marriage. It is no accident that God’s most important intervention in human history, the birth of Christ to a poor but…

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The initiative of goodwill taken by President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday to suspend combat operations against the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines throughout the Christmas holidays — despite his security officials’ recommendation to the contrary — has yielded the desired result. Two days later, the New People’s Army…

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