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BOI: Mamasapano Report Presents ‘true’ Picture

BOI: Mamasapano Report Presents ‘true’ Picture March 14, 2015 One step closer to the truth, or at least a semblance of it. A month and a half after a police operation ended in the death of 65 people, including 44 elite cops, an independent body composed of police officers has finally submitted its report to […]

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Before ‘adios’

Before ‘adios’ “Gracias, Pepe,” blare the billboards plastered all over the Latin American country of Uruguay this month. (“Salamat, Peping” would be the Filipino translation of that message.) Thanks poured on the man often dubbed “the world’s poorest president: Jose ‘Pepe’ Mujica,” wrote BBC’s Rio de Janeiro correspondent Wyre Davies. Married to Lucia Topolansky, his […]

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Peace Panel: Traitors or Protecting Gov’t?

Peace Panel: Traitors or Protecting Gov’t? Senator Francis Escudero joins calls for the removal of government peace negotiators, and adds his voice to criticism of the Bangsamoro bill. MANILA, Philippines – Another co-author of the Bangsamoro bill now doubts the measure, and even calls for the removal of the government peace negotiators in the wake […]

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A Tribute to our Fallen 44

A Tribute to our Fallen 44 February 14, 2015 I’m taking a pause from the stocks and finance blogs that I normally write to give honor to our fallen heroes. Some of them were just my age and still had their whole lives infront of them. But because of their brave acts of heroism what […]

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Pope Francis Beyond Manila

Pope Francis Beyond Manila February 7, 2015 What events are shaping beyond Pope Francis’ successful visit to the Philippines? The Associated Press’ Nicole Winfield asked en route to Rome from Manila on the papal flight last Jan. 19. Which cities in America will you visit? While there, will you go to California for the canonization […]

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The life of Nazareth

The life of Nazareth January 31, 2015 The knee-jerk reaction of journalists who retire after spending a lifetime chasing the next headline is to cast about for the next one. Take it from us who have spent over half a century in this quest, and forget it. The best thing is to take instead a […]

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Domestic use only

Domestic use only VOL. XVIII NO. 10 (December 13 – 19, 2014) Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak enjoys “peacemaker par excellence” status here in the Philippines. Credit that to his evenhanded efforts to shepherd the Philippine government-Bangsamoro talks to end conflict and help rebuild rebellion-wrecked communities in Mindanao. But in Kuala Lumpur, he acts the […]

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Questions

Questions November 29, 2014 Vice President Jejomar Binay seeks to meet with representatives of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines. Why? He’ll explain his side in the raging controversy over Makati pork. Fine. While at it, why doesn’t the gentleman tell the prelates why nothing is moving in the case of Fr. Fausto “Pops” […]

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Wrong ‘belen’

Wrong ‘belen’ VOL. XVIII, NO. 6(Nov. 15-21) We’ve dusted off the 18-year-old belen—a gift from our maid Tering from Cebu. She stayed back in Rome when the United Nations reassigned us to Bangkok. Our three-year-old grandson Lukas is coming with his parents from Michigan early in December. So will our children and grandkids from New […]

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Questions

Questions November 8, 2014 Vice President Jejomar Binay seeks to meet with representatives of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines. Why? He’ll explain his side in the raging controversy over Makati pork. Fine. While at it, why doesn’t the gentleman tell the prelates why nothing is moving in the case of Fr. Fausto “Pops” […]