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‘Offended’

Three times a week, I join a group of Christian businessmen for what we call a discipleship group. Half of the time, it’s about Christian values and the other half is often intercepted by “Motorcycle talk” since everyone in group except me, happens to be part of the Victory Riders …

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Very Important Persons

Leila De Lima, former Secretary of Justice has been in prison for so long. She deserves bail and her day in court. Her case is far more important and relevant than the libel conviction of Maria Ressa. Salvador Panelo, the Presidential Legal Counsel, can perhaps explain why Leila de Lima …

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ATA ruling as pulpit for peace and unity

The coming showdown at the Supreme Court over the Anti-Terrorism Act signed Friday by President Duterte will test not only the constitutionality of the draconian decree but also the capacity of the tribunal to help heal the nation riven by partisanship on top of a pandemic. The 14 justices in …

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But my child was a baby when the petition was filed!

Dear Atty. Gurfinkel: My sister petitioned me in 2001 in the F-4 category, (brother/sister of a US citizen) when my child was still a baby. Recently, the priority date became current. We paid all the fees and submitted all the forms on behalf of my family, including my child, who …

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Opening up the economy: We must proceed with caution

Secretary Sonny Dominguez is strongly recommending that we must make a firm decision in opening up the economy sooner than soon to prevent an economic collapse and save jobs. I totally agree, but we should proceed with extreme caution since the virus is still very much around with the latest …

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July 4 as Philippine-American Friendship Day

It was not celebrated as such for a long time. We wrongly celebrated July 4th as Philippine Independence Day. Many Filipino historians worked persistently to correct the error. Instead of celebrating July 4th as Philippine Independence Day it was renamed as Philippine-American Friendship Day which it should be. The history …

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China’s national security law for Hong Kong

China has just passed a new “security law” for Hong Kong which makes it easier to punish protesters and drastically reduce the city’s autonomy. Hongkongers call this the end of Hong Kong. Critics said it will curtail protest and freedom of speech. China’s says it will restore stability. The BBC …

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The pandemic threat to travel

I really wouldn’t do it unless you have a very good reason. Not only is there the risk of being infected yourself, but there’s also the risk of spreading it to others without even knowing that you have it. So little is known about this disease that it’s easy to …

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Anti-terrorism bill sorely needs rewriting

As a criminal statute, the Anti-Terrorism Act bill awaiting President Duterte’s action ought to be clearly and precisely written so that “it can give adequate guidance to those concerned,” but it is “hard to understand.” Moreover, the bill heightens international concerns about “the blurring of important distinctions between criticism, criminality …

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Frontliners no more

Reliance on local government units has been underscored throughout the length of government’s response to this pandemic. IATF Resolution No. 25 articulated the famous National Government enabled, Local Government Unit led, People centered strategic design. And LGUs have done their part. When it comes to the SAP-Emergency Subsidy Program, however, …

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