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Balik Probinsya

Atty. Ruphil F. Bañoc 05/08/2020

  Before this COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019), we had always thought that congestion was just something we can live with, like a “necessary evil.” Our politicians did little to solve the problem, among the many reasons being…

If unfairly excluded in SAP list

Atty. Ruphil F. Bañoc 05/01/2020

  COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) does not just kill people. There are other effects. The quarantine, for example, makes not a few feel depressed for apparent reasons. This is the reason psychologists and psychiatrists advise us to…

Mayor Richard Gomez initiative vis-à-vis COVID-19

Atty. Ruphil F. Bañoc 04/24/2020

  True leaders are decisive. What to do in any situation is instinctive in them. Weak leaders are like flotsam in the ocean, tossed by the waves. These are leaders, who are no leaders at all, who…

Pope Francis on COVID-19

Atty. Ruphil F. Bañoc 04/10/2020

  In a prayer service which he presided lately at St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis brought us back to the story of Jesus and his disciples when they met a turbulent storm at sea. The story was…

Tribute to our doctors and other frontliners

Atty. Ruphil F. Bañoc 04/03/2020

  An oath, Merriam-Websters Dictionary says, ” is a solemn, usually formal, calling upon God or a god to witness to the truth of what one says or to witness  that one sincerely intends to do what one…

DOH should take the lead on COVID’s information drive

Atty. Ruphil F. Bañoc 03/13/2020

For now, I do not want to be judgmental on the personnel of the Department of Health (DOH) on how they handle the present crisis on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). I still want to give them the…

Limits of parents’ concerns: The Sarah and Matteo Wedding

Atty. Ruphil F. Bañoc 02/28/2020

“Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined…

Espenido is on a road less travelled 

Atty. Ruphil F. Bañoc 02/21/2020

How come the poster boy of the war on drugs, Lt. Col. Jovie Espenido, who received all the praises of President Rodrigo Duterte now included in the narco list? Who included his name in the list? Worst,…

Expedite investigation on Jovie Espenido

Atty. Ruphil F. Bañoc 02/14/2020

    It is shocking to know that the policeman who received all the praises from President Rodrigo Duterte is now under investigation for allegedly being a protector of people involved in illegal drug trade.  Lt. Col.…

On banning Chinese tourists: Compassion over panic

Atty. Ruphil F. Bañoc 01/31/2020

With the news about the novel coronavirus and the first confirmed case in the country that landed in the headlines of all media outlets including social media, I remember the 2016 Korean zombie movie entitled “Train to…

Should motorcycle taxis be legalized?

Atty. Ruphil F. Bañoc 01/24/2020

Recently, I again experienced riding a motorcycle taxi “habal-habal” because of the terrible traffic in Cebu City during the feast of the Santo Niño. Because of the many rerouting implemented in line with the celebration, I noticed…

Let the people and the entire press take videos of the Sinulog 

Atty. Ruphil F. Bañoc 01/17/2020

For purposes of academic discussion, both the law of the land and the Bible frown on depriving the people and the faithful to publish the Sinulog fiesta activities of the Sto. Nino. First, on the law of…

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