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My dad is a good man

(1st of 2 parts) Today please allow me to share with you a eulogy written by Nicole Sytin, daughter of murdered businessman Dominic Sytin, because she presents a different perspective about parents who are labelled absentee or lacking quantity time with their family. I hope this two-part piece will make …

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Compensable death

When an employee suffers injury or death from any accident arising out of and in the course of employment, his/her employer shall pay compensation for such injury or death. But compensation shall not be allowed for injuries caused by the voluntary intent of the employee to inflict the injury upon …

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‘Real rights, real people’

Can a human rights advocate work for Rodrigo Duterte? He can and he did, says Harry Roque. The lawyer bristles at criticism that he turned his back on his advocacy when he left Congress as a party-list representative (the party didn’t drop him, he stresses) to become the mouthpiece of …

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Heroes of Balangiga identified in memoir

Eugenio Daza y Salazar plotted and led the surprise attack on the US Army detachment in Balangiga, Samar, on Sept. 28, 1901. A major in the Philippine Revolutionary Force, he relied mostly on volunteers. The strike force of 700 civilians wielded only clubs, lances, and bolos. Yet they slew 36 …

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EDITORIAL – Killers on the road

It will be a sorrowful Christmas for the families of six persons, including an infant and a two-year-old girl. The six died last Saturday night when a truck carrying construction materials careened out of control, hitting 19 vehicles parked by the roadside in Santa Rosa, Laguna before smashing into a …

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The joke is on us

One of my favorite songs by the Bee Gees is the classic “I Started a Joke,” a song that turned out to be a massive hit. This tune came to mind this week when I sat down and began writing this column and thinking about the current tenant in Malacañang …

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Nandy Pacheco of Gunless Society

“What has the Philippines done to foster peace in nearly 500 years of Christianity? What has each Christian done to promote Christ?” “Sad to say, as individual Christians and as a Christian nation, what we have accepted is that the peace that the world gives is highly dependent on the …

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The Balangiga bells are on their way home

After 117 years, the three Balangiga bells taken by the United States Army in 1901 are en route to the Philippines for their historic return on Tuesday. This was a news report that Filipinos have long waited for. What we saw are the two photographs that the United States embassy …

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Leaderless

The last time this happened, according to a French scholar, it produced the French Revolution. There is a certain peril in that. The marches in the streets and, eventually, the siege on the Bastille began when the most ordinary inhabitants of Paris marched in the streets protesting a severe shortage …

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EDITORIAL – Battling corruption

About two decades ago, multilateral institutions providing development assistance around the world began taking a closer look at the impact of corruption on projects funded by their aid programs. The studies determined that corruption retarded poverty alleviation efforts and the pace of development. On Dec. 9, 2003, the United Nations …

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