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How accurate are Duterte’s numbers?

MANILA Positive survey findings in favor of President Rodrigo Duterte continue to baffle observers.     Who can blame those who can’t believe the news of Duterte getting high marks from people surveyed? With all the controversies swirling around the President, the common observer can only scratch his head in confusion.     I’ve ...

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Maute terrorists “change the game”

It was one of the most somber, low-key commemorations of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack against the United States, as the nation grappled with more pressing needs in hurricane-ravaged Florida and Texas. It was reminder nonetheless of the huge cost exacted by terrorists and their convoluted ideology – something ...

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‘Bless this Land’

‘Bless this Land’ Millions of Americans are reeling from storms in the East and wildfires in the West. Thousands of DACA recipients are living in fear of deportation after President Trump rescinded a program granting immigration relief to undocumented immigrants who came to this country as children. White supremacists explode ...

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Hurricane Gore

With America reeling from a one-two punches from hurricanes Harvey and Irma, global warming alarmists are wasting no time to exploit the natural disasters in support of their advocacies. Michael Mann, professor at Pennsylvania State University and one of the principal creators of the disputed Hockey Stick Graph purportedly showing ...

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Lola’s story

The story “My Family Slave” written by Filipino born journalist Alex Tizon and published by the Atlantic after the author’s death went viral in the internet early this year. It was a painful revelation of the plight of a household helper, Eudocia Tomas Pulido, loved by the children but treated ...

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The Image in the Mirror

I had to suppress laughter at the priest’s homily one weekend. Original sin. He said that’s his ready answer when people complain about sadness and misfortune. “Why don’t I feel good today?” Original sin. “Why is Wi-Fi not working today?” Original sin. “Why is the metro slow today?” Original sin. ...

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‘Irma’ rules

Nothing nice and inspirational comes out of my mind today as I sit in front of my computer to write my normally lively column. The gray matter in my brain is bland and lackluster for the last few days that caused to prevent the sweet and creative juice to ooze ...

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Healing in the Secret Garden (Part 3)

Silence has brought peace and serenity for me these last few weeks spending much time in the secret garden. Since my accident I have had plenty of time to contemplate and just be myself as one could imagine. Sometimes you just have to hit the reset button, as close ones ...

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“OH NO!”

I just sold six properties this month; one rented and two contracts on the way. Don’t get me wrong, it is not a walk in the park as each transaction in real estate has its own character. (A nice word for “dilemma”). Let’s be realistic here: selling and buying a ...

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When people learn to love a tyrant

MANILA Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is a one-of-a-kind leader. He’s autocratic, wants everything done according to his personal peeves and grudges. He doesn’t consult the public on national issues but, rather, just goes ahead and does things. He gets upset and throws a tantrum when he’s displeased. I take it ...

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