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On Slang, No Longer a Street Talk

Words that come out of our mouths, when we speak, are a complete betrayal of who we are and where we have been. Not necessarily pointing to a sum of our experiences, but hinting to a time or place where our social ties with a specific group of people is ...

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(Annoying) sounds of Christmas

MANILA It was a few days before Christmasday. They installed a loud speaker at the elementary school only a few meters away. It was blaring popular Christmas songs all morning long, but they only seemed to have three or four selections. The racket was deafening. I didn’t know what they ...

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Impeaching the Chief Justice

MANILA The assault on independent agencies of the government continues as President Rodrigo Duterte’s allies attempt to bully those who have not gone over to their side. Case in point is the current effort to remove Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno from office. The impeachment charges presented at the Congress ...

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Airline Review: AirAsia

When traveling to the Philippines, many travelers are now making the most of their journey by adding a second destination to explore. With the Philippines being centrally located in Southeast Asia, it is ideal to hop on a plane and explore a neighboring country like Malaysia, Thailand or Vietnam. Though ...

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Marawi on one’s mind

MANILA I don’t know Marawi City at all. But one doesn’t have to know Marawi or be from there to grieve with that luckless city’s residents. For all intents and purposes, there is no longer a Marawi City. It’s been wiped off the face of the earth. What it is, ...

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US vows aid for Marawi as army sets final push

MANILA. The United States has pledged P730 million (about $14 million) in aid to help rebuild Marawi City and Australia announced it was sending troops as Philippine forces brace for a final push against the Islamic State-affiliated gunmen in the city and begin looking at rebuilding. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana ...

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‘Saging’ bribery

Two Chinese frigates, a coast Guard vessel and two large fishing vessels were sighted recently within one nautical mile off Pag-Asa Island, second to the largest in the disputed Spratly Islands proximate to the province of Palawan in the Philippines. What is the response of the Philippine government? “Why were ...

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Retired newspaper editor gunned down

MANILA. A former business paper editor and Department of Finance consultant was killed, together with his brother, in an ambush by motorcycle-riding gunmen on Aug. 3 in San Juan, Metro Manila. Michael “Mike” Marasigan, 60, and his brother Christopher, 50, died of gunshot wounds after they were attacked by suspects ...

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Political turncoats are shameless

MANILA Politicians here are still switching parties, from their losing ones in last May 2016’s elections to the party in power, which used to have only a handful of members. Changing political parties for convenience or selfish interest is the most odious political exercise. Except, of course, for stealing the ...

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