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Catholicism under siege here, abroad

We are now headed toward the end of July and in six months time Cebu and the Philippines would be celebrating the 500th year of Catholicism in the Far East. I’ll have you know that on Oct. 31, 1517 a priest named Martin Luther wrote to his bishop Albrecht Von …

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The 101st RCM president/ Too early for Cha-cha

Months of lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic has changed lives. It has affected many individuals, families, enterprises and organizations. Millions have lost their jobs, and while some places are starting to reopen, many people don’t have any work to go back to. The travel and tourism industry that is close …

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Can democracy work?

Today, democracy is the world’s most broadly accepted system, at least in name. But the word has become synonymous with disappointment and crisis. Can Democracy Work? A Short History of a Radical Idea from Ancient Athens to Our World by James Miller (2018) is a lively history of the democratic …

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The Measure of a Man

We have officially entered the penultimate year of this administration last June 30. The last four years are testament to the leadership of President Rodrigo Duterte, yet many still do not understand, or refuse to understand, his unorthodox ways. In the fourth quarter survey for 2019 of the Social Weather …

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Dangerous to ignore China’s ‘gray operations’ — expert

Consider these three incidents: • June 9, 2019 midnight, Recto Bank off Palawan: a speeding China steel-hulled maritime militia launch trained its lights on an anchored Filipino wooden fishing boat, rammed and sunk it, then switched off the lights, abandoning 22 Filipinos thrown into the cold dark sea; • Aug. …

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Dancing the Cha-cha

In the middle of a once-in-a-century pandemic that has killed 610,000 people as of yesterday afternoon and plunged the world economy into its worst recession in decades, what are certain local government executives thinking of? Why, Charter change, of course. Maybe this is their idea of “dancing” with COVID: Cha-cha …

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‘Blips’

It was rather inauspicious time that the Social Weather Stations (SWS) conducted its latest opinion survey of Filipinos’ trust on its neighboring countries as well as major allies in the global community. The SWS’ National Mobile Phone Survey taken on July 3-6, the polling firm gauged anew the trustworthiness of …

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Chicken business

A young office executive in his late forties came by the house last weekend to talk cars and restoration. During lunch I served him tender baboy damo cooked adobo-style, brown rice and cabbage with apples, raisins bathe in apple juice and turmeric. My guest was surprised that the baboy damo …

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Acceptable and contentious facets of Anti-Terrorism Law

Despite ten petitions for a temporary restraining order (TRO) on the newly signed Anti-Terrorism Law, the Supreme Court ruled not to grant the request. This opened the way for the full implementation of the law beginning midnight of July 19. I salute the group of La Sallians including Atty. Howie …

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A Pastoral Letter and Call to Prayer

We share with fellow Filipinos this timely Pastoral Letter and Call to Prayer issued Thursday by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines through its acting president, Bishop Pablo Virgilio S. David of Kalookan: A few days ago, we received a letter from His Eminence, Charles Cardinal Maung Bo, Archbishop …

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