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DISCONTENT

Marcos should watch his back. The military has no more appetite for adventures but the seeds of discontent have been sowed. Marcos could reap a rotten crop.

Thief in the night

Army Lt. Gen. Bartolome Vicente Bacarro, appointed as the Armed Forces chief of staff only five months ago, was removed from his position unceremoniously and without any explanation last week.

Photo-ops in Beijing

It was a complete waste of time. It was purely a symbolic exercise to show that the two countries have good and friendly relations.

New Year’s day air traffic horror

It was a disastrous New Year’s day for civil aviation. Authorities could not fully explain why and how it happened. The initial explanation from the government was totally unacceptable.

Sara Duterte’s collection of COA red flags

It would seem that the Commission on Audit is one of the handful few not afraid of Duterte vengeance. And this time they have done it again for daughter Sara when she was mayor of Davao City. It certainly was not her first time to be red-flagged.

We need to talk about dangerous drugs

We cannot rely on simplistic plotlines to address a superfluously complex socioeconomic phenomenon. But we must begin somewhere, and a scientific narrative is a good place to start.

A Sleeping (Scoring) Giant Awakens

Now that Alaska is set to leave the PBA and is on an emotional farewell tour, it has awakened a scoring giant who has been waiting to be unleashed. Now better than ever, the former King Stallion and King Archer has new weapons in his arsenal and is ready to take over.

POC declares Patafa chief persona non grata

The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) on Tuesday declared Philip Ella Juico, president of the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (Patafa), persona non grata for “harassing” Olympic pole vaulter EJ Obiena.

Who is St. Thomas More?

Very little is known about St. Thomas More, the patron of statesmen and politicians as declared by Pope John Paul II in the year 2000. He lived a very inspiring life and is a model of firmness of conscience to the end.

Time to Love

The Holy Book says: “There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens.” (Eccl. 3:1) Thus “there is a time to love.” (Eccl. 3:8)

Ninoy Aquino: Apostle of non-violent resistance

“I have returned to join the ranks of those struggling to restore our rights and freedoms through non-violence.” This was part of the statement Ninoy Aquino wanted to deliver upon his arrival from exile thirty-six years ago.

The culture of death and social sin

We find ourselves living in a society where killing and corruption have become normal.  People don’t even consider these as sin. What is happening can be described as the “culture of death” – a term used by Pope John II in his encyclical “Evangelium Vitae.”

Eyes on the Ice: Human rights diplomacy

Last week’s vote by United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on the Iceland-backed resolution exasperated the sensitive Duterte administration and the DDS community.

Ningas-kugon

Are Filipinos that forgiving or are we simply forgetful?

Living the ‘holiness of normality’

At an age when people, especially millennials, seem to seek personal fulfilment through high-profile accomplishments, one woman has just been recognized as a model of sanctity through devoting her life to teaching chemistry—without fanfare.

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Between the good and the best

In a recent piece online, I wrote of certain groups that are trying to use the Philippine Catholic Church to work for or against certain presidential candidates in the May 9 election. This, I said for the nth time, is contrary to the express teaching of the Catholic Church.

Cleaning up the mess

The 2022 Philippine presidential campaign has so polarized and divided the nation that whoever wins on May 9, the task of unifying and rebuilding the socio-political, economic order will have to take first priority.

Retooling the “debates”

Since the 90-day official presidential campaign period kicked off in February, Filipinos have been treated to a series of presidential “debates.” These are but media forums, rather than “debates,” strictly speaking, for a “debate,” as we know it, is a formal public discussion in which two opposing sides argue against each other the validity or invalidity of a particular proposition.