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On false teachers and fake lessons

The previous week was bombarded with controversial statements coming from Catholic priests who are against the Duterte administration. First, a video started making the rounds on social media where a priest was caught praying for President Duterte to fall sick. This was followed by Fr. Robert Reyes urging the military …

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Our Catholic church leaders in crisis

Toward the end of August, a former top-ranking Vatican official came up with an 11-page exposé with shocking allegations about Pope Francis, literally accusing him of covering up horrific abuses by disgraced former Archbishop of Washington, Theodore McCarrick and urged Pope Francis to resign as Pope. Retired Ambassador made this …

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Amnesty granted cannot be revoked

Tensions have been running high in the Philippines these past few weeks, or to be completely honest, these past few years. For a country that was promised that corruption would be stamped out and that peace and order would be restored, it’s ironic to note that the complete opposite seems …

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Risk

Cagayan accounted for much of the crop damage wrought by Typhoon Ompong. But Benguet accounted for most of the casualties suffered. There was not much that could be done to save the crops exposed to extreme weather except to prematurely harvest them. That was done to some extent. There was …

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Man-made rice crisis worse than typhoon

No one in government could have stopped typhoon Ompong’s rampage in Northern Luzon over the weekend, but a proactive administration could have forestalled the crisis scenario of having people lining up for cheap rice. Malacañang said President Duterte was “satisfied” with the government’s response to Ompong’s devastation that affected 5.7 …

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Pre-positioning good and bad

When President Duterte sent out his cabinet members from the north to dig in and show the locals that the national government had representatives on the ground, it drew mixed reactions from the crowd. On one side some people praised the high visibility of government leadership and saw the deployment …

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TRAIN 2: Stop, look and listen!

Typhoon “Ompong” (international name “Mangkut”) which hit the country last Saturday, is recorded as the biggest storm of the year. This super typhoon came with maximum sustained winds of up to 205 kilometers per hour and gusty winds of 285 kph. The 900 km-wide typhoon made a landfall on the …

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Politics-driven inflation panic

The economic managers of President Rodrigo Duterte have apparently been shaken out of their denial stage now that the entire August showed 6.4% inflation rate. Thus, no less than President Duterte himself announced last week he is ready even to adopt a “free-for-all” importation policy, if need be, to dampen …

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Red or yellow October?

Did the President and commander-in-chief issue an order but was ignored or disobeyed by the troops? This is the 64-dollar question as the administration pursues its obsession to put Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV back in detention. Professional soldiers who are true to their oath will not follow an unlawful order. …

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Electricity industry uproar: mini-outfit, mega-franchise

A small new company that will electrify a puny 40,000 homes in 12 scattered towns has the entire power industry in uproar. The reason is in the congressional franchise that Solar Para Sa Bayan (SPSB) Corp. is seeking. Mini-grids are to be set up for the un-served far-flung barrios. At …

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