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Soroptimists honor Rhea

Rhea Bernardez is 37 years of age, single, and the eldest of 14 children. She has helped her parents care for her siblings since she was nine years old, when she was only in Grade 3. Her mother would return to her sewing work only two weeks after giving birth, …

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A visit to England and Denmark

COPENHAGEN – It was truly a great week to be in London with the weather giving us a sunny week. Although it is still cool at 17 degrees, it gave us the opportunity to tour the Thames River and most of London’s sights. Then the next day we took a …

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Unless something truly dramatic happens, the proclamation of winning senators and party-list groups will happen today. That should close the chapter on the 2019 elections. In the days following last week’s vote, leftist groups and their Liberal Party allies called for protest rallies. It was a vain attempt to discredit …

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Proclamation today: Duterte proof-of-life

PRESIDENT Duterte could dispel doubts about his state of health if/when he shows up today, based on Commission on Elections’ optimistic preparation, to witness the proclamation of his winning bets in the May 13 election for senators. The President’s possible appearance at the Philippine International Convention Center for the proclamation …

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EDITORIAL – Commuter safety

The glitch-plagued railway service is the Metro Rail Transit 3. Last Saturday night, it was the turn of the relatively new Light Rail Transit Line 2 to be hit by a technical malfunction. Four LRT personnel and 30 commuters were injured, many of them hospitalized, after an LRT coach that …

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EDITORIAL – Senate independence

A cooperative Congress means smooth sailing for a president’s legislative agenda. Every chief executive wants allies in Congress – the more, the better. Cooperation between the executive and legislative branches, however, is possible without Congress turning into a rubberstamp of Malacañang. This is what people are hoping for as administration …

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Road safety = self defense

I don’t suppose any one has ever put it that way, but when you think road safety you are actually engaging in “Self Defense.” Whether you are a motorist, commuter or pedestrian, no one can protect you better than yourself. Just like in martial arts, you still get bumps and …

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The winner takes it all

Congratulations to the winners. This election was indeed such a hayride. The unexpected happened even during the campaign period. This just goes to show that everything is unpredictable even if the surveys say otherwise. Now for those who lost, you already know the idiosyncrasies in the country. You already had …

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Who owns and runs this ‘meet-me’ room?

The glitches and bugs that conked the vote counting machines (VCMs) out and the ensuing almost seven hours of data outage in the transparency server when the national canvassing started right after the polling precincts closed were just a few but biggest reasons why our fourth automated elections last Monday …

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Trust the machine?

In 2010 when the country finally went ahead with automated general elections, I attended a briefing conducted for the media by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and Smartmatic-TIM, provider of the precinct count optical scan or PCOS system. Even my low-tech comprehension could easily digest the process of automated voting: …

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