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DR. Romeo Jocson Intengan got his nickname from colleagues at the Philippine General Hospital. They called him “Archbishop” for spearheading religious activities at PGH. While the name shortened to Archie, the faith work stretched throughout his life. Eventually, the physician became priest, inspired by the hospital’s Jesuit chaplains. That was…

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IT’s always been a question asked by ordinary citizens. How can 1,500 respondents represent the entire country of over 100 million people, around 54 million of whom are of voting age? Another question that is always asked is, how come one has never been included as a sample in a…

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Part 1 SIMPLE logic must bear out this theme. The worst case of a nation fighting itself is civil war, but then even in such a case, it’s not the entire nation up against itself but only a portion of it. The most recent example of this is the referendum…

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“FROM the bushes to the desert” was how a colleague jokingly described my diplomatic assignment from Papua New Guinea to Qatar. Looking back, both assignments were most welcome, challenging and fulfilling at the same time but my mind is on Qatar right now since a four-month-old geopolitical feud set the…

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IN a sudden twist of events, the junked impeachment complaint against Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista suddenly breathed life on Wednesday. The House plenary reversed the decision of the committee on justice and will be sending soon the articles of impeachment to the Senate. I wrote almost a…

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AIN ISSA, Syria: As US-backed forces fight to oust the Islamic State group from its last hideouts in Syria’s Raqa, a city council-in-exile is already working to bring life back to its devastated hometown. From a buzzing headquarters in Ain Issa, 50 kilometers north of Raqa, Syrian engineers and lawyers…

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Through the expedient of giving the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) the lead role in all operations in the war on illegal drugs, President Rodrigo Duterte may have found the right response to the many issues bugging his presidency and the drug war. The new directive is contained in a…

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