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In which terrain can gov’t forces win?

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I am now beginning to understand why it is really very hard for the government forces to fight the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in Basilan and Jolo as can be gleaned from their failure to neutralize the small terrorist group in Bohol, a terrain which the ASG is not even familiar with. Lest I be […]

Posted: April 20th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

Bantayan’s ‘Isla Music Festival’ is out of tune

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There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens” (Ecclesiastes 3:1). I planned something unique for this year’s Holy Week. I intended to spend my meditation in Bantayan Island, Cebu, so that at the same time I could see the well-known white beaches and pristine water in the area […]

Posted: April 6th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

Should people support Du30’s appointment of village officials?

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The recent plan of President Rodrigo Duterte in postponing again the baranggay election and suggesting that he himself would instead appoint baranggay officials drew mixed reactions. There are those who totally agree with the President. Others are totally opposed, and there are also those who agree with the postponement but frown on the idea of […]

Posted: March 30th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

The fact remains that Catholic teaching conforms to death penalty

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Assuming that the guilty party’s identity and responsibility have been fully determined, the traditional teaching of the church does not exclude recourse to death penalty, if this is the only possible way of effectively defending human lives against the unjust aggressor.” (“Catechism of the Catholic Church 2267,” Definitive Edition, page 606). Father Ramon Echica reacted […]

Posted: March 16th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

Catholic teaching conforms to death penalty

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He (David) ran to him, stood over him, took Goliath’s sword out of his sheath, and cut off his head and killed him.” (1 Samuel 17:51) Let me point out the official teaching of the Roman Catholic Church concerning death penalty. With all due respect to other Christian sects that consider the Bible as the […]

Posted: March 2nd, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

Bishop Villegas’ ‘Show of Force’ rally

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Despite the call of CBCP President Bishop Socrates Villegas to the people to join the rally last Saturday tagged as “Walk for Life,” only a very few attended. With more than 103 million Filipinos in this Catholic-dominated country, the rally only drew 10,000 people. In Cebu, the cradle of Catholicism and with more or less […]

Posted: February 23rd, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

Should ROTC be revived?

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When I heard the news that the Duterte administration is determined to revive the mandatory Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program for grades 11 and 12, I noticed that it drew mixed reactions among the Filipino people. There are those who favored the plan and others who opposed it. Both have valid reasons for their […]

Posted: February 16th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

Did CBCP fail to connect with the poor?

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The recent pastoral letter of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) concerning the campaign against prohibited drugs was reportedly read during the Masses of Catholic churches nationwide last Sunday. Admittedly, however, I only knew of the pastoral letter through the news which prompted me to ask our CCTN news director, Dennis Tabar, whether […]

Posted: February 9th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

Lessons from Brgy. Ermita officials’ suspension

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Hopefully, the 6 months preventive suspension slapped on all elected officials of Barangay Ermita, Cebu City will serve them a lesson, although through the hard way. May this incident also serve as a warning to other barangay officials so that they will not go through the same fate with that of Ermita. The DILG has […]

Posted: February 2nd, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

Noy Pabling, a “photobomber” on the 93-1 land swap deal

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What happens to former Governor Pablo Garcia? Why did he come late on the land swap deal issue? What are his motives for voicing out his points very lately? Or is he just bored in his house? These are the instinctive questions that crop up in my mind upon learning that the former governor called […]

Posted: January 26th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »