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Sufficiency

The rains have come. But the water level at Angat Dam has not risen. The dam supplies 98% of fresh water to the Metro Manila area. Mercifully, we went through the dry months without water rationing. Hopefully, later in the year when a mild La Nina happens, the dam fills …

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Constitutional reforms we need

Yesterday I was honored to have Bohol Governor Arthur C. Yap for my second Zoom interview on my TV talkshow Straight from the Sky. Bohol is part of Region-7 and yes, unlike Cebu, which is the longest lockdown on record, Bohol only had one fatality in the four months they …

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Mayor, doctor, baker rolled into one

I’d heard good things about him. He is an orthopaedist who became city mayor, who paints, plays the piano, raises flowers and herbs in a farm, and is currently making with his own hands a brick oven for baking pizza and bread. I finally met him in a mutual friend’s …

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Education in transition

There is much uncertainty behind the shift to remote or distance learning, a move made necessary by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and alongside this much anxiety. But as we move closer to Aug. 24 – the date mandated by the Department of Education for the resumption of classes – it …

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Search and extract

Since Metro Manila was eased into general community quarantine, I’ve seen more and more people including young children outside their homes along secondary streets during curfew hours, eating or simply getting some air, gathering together without bothering about distancing. Many don’t wear masks. All live in informal settlements, or in …

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Chief fiscalizer at the Senate

Since March 13 this year, or two days before the first Luzon-wide hard lockdown took effect, Senate minority leader Franklin Drilon has never left their house in North Greenhills in San Juan City. After all, the city of San Juan happens to be the epicenter of the first cases of …

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Endless and untiring mission

There is no doubt that the junking of the bill for the renewal of the franchise of ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp. to operate its TV station is highly questionable and extremely controversial. First of all, said resolution denying the renewal of the network’s franchise is approved only by 70 members of …

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Hate – hurt – humility

Early this week I was requested to “preach” to a small group of now jobless Christians at ABS-CBN. The Christian apologist and itinerant preacher Ravi Zacharias often suggests that before you get into the “Text” make sure you have the context. Needless to say, any attempt to motivate or encourage …

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Sovereignty and respect

By now we know that each state is free to direct its own fate. This sums up in a nutshell what sovereignty means. It gives the full right and power of a governing body over itself and without being interfered upon by outside sources. History teaches us that for hundreds …

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Oligarchy

Since Rep. Mike Defensor used the term “oligarchy” as he summarized his position against granting media giant ABS-CBN a franchise, there has been immense interest in what the concept means. The dictionary definition tells us an “oligarchy” is rule by a few. That does not quite capture the many nuances …

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