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Jesus’ power as authority and influence

Details In today’s Gospel reading, the people are astonished by Jesus’ powerful preaching, “for he taught them as one having authority” (Mk 1:22) and his power to ex...

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Riding the tiger, it is difficult to get off

Details This Chinese proverb probably explains the present situation of President Benigno Aquino III today....

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The cost of war, the price of peace

Details We join the Filipino people in honouring the 44 PNP SAF heroes who were the casualties in an encounter in Mindanao a week ago....

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President is afraid to confront MILF?

Details STAND UP!: The biggest obstacle to moving forward from the Mamasapano Massacre is that the President of this Republic seems afraid to confro...

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EDITORIAL - Development need not wait

Details The treacherous slaughter of 44 police commandos in Maguindanao may have derailed the peace process, but it should not derail development efforts in the Musl...

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‘Reconciliation with justice’

Details Shortly after the 1986 people power revolution, President Cory Aquino said that reconciliation was only possible if justice was served....

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MCI mimics common symptoms before Alzheimer’s diagnosis

Details Patients recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease had an increased prevalence of diagnoses for neuropsychiatric conditions that mimic symptoms of mild cog...

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The nation demands the truth Mr. President!

Details The anger of the nation continues to spread like wildfire throughout the entire country not because 44 elite Special Action Force (SAF) soldiers are dead, bu...

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Honor and peace

Details I thought that today would be a propitious time to tackle a constitutional law issue. On Jan....

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EDITORIAL - Decommissioning

Details On the eve of the official day of mourning yesterday for 44 police commandos butchered by combined forces of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Bangsa...

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The high price of ignorance

Details Forty-four of some of our best soldiers were killed. Twelve PNP SAF wounded....

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Seething

Details #NasaanangPangulo is now on top of the Twitter chart not only locally but globally....

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P-Noy knew SAF operation

Details President Aquino, in his speech on Wednesday evening, admitted that Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) Director General Getulio Napeña...

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Maguindanao massacre 2

Details Yet, when the bodies of the 42 slain SAF men were flown in yesterday at Villamor Airbase, the Commander-in-chief and “father of the country” did not show up....

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Massacre of SAF: Honest answers to restore peace

Details The massacre of police commandos has so enraged majority Christian Filipinos to demand voiding of the ceasefire with Moro rebels....

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Filipinos will follow

Details DAVAO CITY — Unless someone mentions it, you won’t really notice....

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Need-to-know

Details How high up did the need-to-know go?...

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EDITORIAL - MILF, BIFF: Brothers in arms?

Details President Aquino himself confirmed it: Moro Islamic Liberation Front members joined forces of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters and a “private armed gr...

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Elusive peace

Details Inherent in every person and part of human nature perhaps is the desire to have peace and harmony in the community and in the entire country where they live....

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Countdown for delivery

Details January is a forward looking month for the year ahead and in the UK, the countdown to the General Election in May has begun....

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EDITORIAL - Armed and dangerous

Details President Aquino declared a national day of mourning, to be observed tomorrow, for the 44 members of the police Special Action Force who gave up their lives...

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SAF operation run by P-Noy himself?

Details HIGH STAKES: How many more innocent Filipinos will have to die in this high-stakes game being played by Malacañang and the Moro Islamic Libe...

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Philippine Red Cross: Always first, ready and there

Details I knew very little about the work of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) until I asked to meet its chair Richard Gordon at the organization’s headquarters at the...

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Appalling

Details The second most appalling thing, next to the massacre itself, is this administration’s lack of sympathy for the victims....

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Income inequality leads to violence

Details Pope Francis says, in his Apostolic Exhortations, that income inequality is the root of social ills....

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An angry nation demands justice!

Details I’m appalled at the feeble response of President Aquino on the dastardly massacre by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) of 44 Special Action Force (SAF...

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There’s no such thing as ‘in the bag’

Details In the Philippines, never believe that anything is “in the bag.” After all, things can turn on the edge of a knife and everything can change in an instant....

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EDITORIAL - Undermining trust

Details After losing 44 men in Sunday’s clashes in Maguindanao, the commander of the slain Special Action Force members was relieved of his post yesterday....

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Do state, MILF fighters know ceasefire terms?

Details TALK OUT: Readers not only react to but also raise issues of their own, like these two about bureaucratic inefficiency:...

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Interested party

Details This is a case where an interested third party paid the debt of another. It is a case of a couple Gerry and Gina and their friend Romy....

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Bad faith

Details If there’s no coordination, it’s OK to slaughter 44 people....

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SAF 44

Details The massacre of 44 police officers of the PNP- Special Action Force “inside MILF” territory is not the first time and it won’t be the last....

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Phl peace panel should ask MILF the Pacquiao question

Details Last Sunday’s firefight in the town of Mamasapano in Maguindanao where 44 members of the Special Action Force (SAF) of the Philippine National Police (PNP) w...

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Remembering Betty

Details One can hardly believe it’s been 21 years since Betty Go-Belmonte passed away. She was born on Dec. 31, 1933, and went away  on  Jan. 28, 1994....

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Noy must rethink his love affair with MILF

Details THINK: The dawn massacre of 30 elite police commandos in a remote village in Maguindanao last Sunday should prompt President Noynoy Aquino t...

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Coerced

Details No one, I suppose, begrudges the DSWD for collecting homeless people and bringing them to an upscale resort, there to feast on roast beef and laze about in a...

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EDITORIAL - Slaughter in Maguindanao

Details Lack of coordination, according to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, led to the “unfortunate” gun battles last Sunday in Maguindanao that left 49 members of...

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Policemen not paid

Details Twenty-eight thousand Philippine National Police (PNP) officers, who were assigned to provide security for Pope Francis, the Papal entourage, and the governm...

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What the Pope did not see inside the ‘gates of hell’

Details When the novel “Inferno” written by Dan Brown hit bookstores in the Philippines in May, 2013, it stirred a tempest over the description of Manila as the “gat...

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The other

Details The Jihadist campaign of Terror is a weapon of choice with global aspirations, where the ‘’other’’ is the enemy....

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Street cleaning

Details At past noon yesterday along the Alabang-Zapote Road in southern Metro Manila, a young boy openly sniffed what looked like rugby in a transparent plastic bag...

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Inequality, the Counterpoint to Globalization

Details All week, I’d been mulling over the Pope’s observations about the “scandalous” inequality in the Philippines. How had Mahatma Gandhi once put it?...

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A memorable spiritual journey for the nation

Details When you have a good leader, things definitely change. When you inspire people with your words, actions and ideas, phenomenal changes can occur....

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EDITORIAL - Escalation of violence

Details No suspect has been arrested and no motive established for the bombing in Zamboanga City last Friday that killed two persons and wounded 54 others....

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Big disappointment

Details The big let-down we continue to experience under P-Noy is intensely frustrating and deeply revolting especially to us who elected him as President last 2010....

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LRT, MRT biddings all flop – as planned

Details Last week’s bidding for MRT-3 maintenance flopped. So did the one for LRT-2 only last Dec. 23. The LRT-1 bidding failed earlier, Oct. 24....

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In gratitude, Corazon Aquino

Details President Corazon Aquino was born on January 25, 1933 in San Juan de Dios Hospital in the City of Manila....

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Hiding street kids was costly hypocrisy

Details HIDING THE TRUTH: The Holy Father came over last Jan....

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