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Fee fie foe fum

I smell blood from the Ombudsman? In olden times, sacred places – churches, temples, mosques, synagogues – were places of refuge. Holy soil provided sanctuary. In 1961, the Vienna convention on diplomatic relations recognized foreign embassies as places of diplomatic sanctuary. Come 2018, in the Philippines a new asylum. Congress …

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Love again, naturally

This old song by Jose Feliciano is like carbon dating: it will tell you how old I am, or the generation I belong to. But love – then and now – is the oldest subject one can write about. There seems to be an epidemic of love (or lack of …

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EDITORIAL – Coming home

Joanna Daniella Demafelis, just 29 years old, came home yesterday from working in Kuwait – in a crate. Grieving relatives met the remains of Demafelis at the NAIA, from where the body will be flown to her home in Iloilo. Demafelis’ body was stuffed in a freezer in a Kuwait …

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Reconfigure

Our policy on sending out Filipinos to work as domestic helpers abroad is similar to the US policy on guns: we make tragedy inevitable and then hope the worst will not happen. American gun enthusiasts invoke some arcane guarantee about the right of citizens to bear arms to allow guns …

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Chinese New Year

To be fair, if I think Valentine’s Day is a materialistic celebration of love, Chinese New Year is about gluttony for food. I don’t want to sound like a killjoy because I do celebrate both like everyone else. But as a columnist, I read into meanings for my readers. It …

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Questionable actions

Obviously, this is the first time in so many years that aberrations of our fundamental law are being flagrantly committed by government officials from the President down. These are clear indications of the low regard they have for, if not complete disregard of the Constitution, the very basic law of …

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The USB mystery

In the last public hearing of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee on the alleged Dengvaxia-related death causes, Senator Richard Gordon called attention to a questionable transaction by a government official in one of the attached agencies of the Department of Health (DOH) with Sanofi-Pasteur, the pharmaceutical company behind the controversial …

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Going for the gold

Sports officials didn’t raise public expectations, and our paper’s in-house sports experts told us it would be a miracle if either of the two Philippine athletes bagged a gold at the ongoing Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. Still, we’re rooting for the two athletes who are representing the country …

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Saving undisciplined Pinoys from themselves

Southeast Asian beaches are all alike in offering sun, sea, and sand. But the Philippines’ Boracay began to stand out of late for a new unique, if unmentionable feature: sh*t. Due to unsanitary resort owners, coliform in wading waters has risen to critical levels. Green slime marred the once alluring …

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EDITORIAL – Naming rights

The planet’s oceans are vast, and an international effort to produce an accurate map of the ocean floor has been going on for over a century. In the effort to complete that map, the international community allows countries or organizations to conduct research on submarine features and to submit the …

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