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Christmas rites begin with ‘Simbang Gabi’ today

Christmas rites begin with ‘Simbang Gabi’ today

    CHURCH bells will ring before dawn today to call the people to the first of nine “Simbang Gabi” Masses that will end with the Christmas Eve Mass on Dec. 24. This is one of the beautiful traditions that keeps our nation together in the face of problems of all kinds. So great is […]

Inflation & gov’t plans for the new year

    AFTER a year of inflation – rising prices to housewives and other ordinary consum­ers – which reached a near-10-year high of 6.7 percent in October, it went down to 6 percent in November. Market prices had begun rising last January, blamed by the government’s economic officials on increasing global oil prices and a […]

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More towers to boost nation’s telecom services

    WITH the Department of Information Technology and Communication (DITC) finalizing the guidelines on the proposed common tower policy before the end of this year, we look forward to the start early next year of the program of tower construction to boost the nation’s mobile telecommunications services. For months now, there has been a […]

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No longer trophies of war, but symbols of peace

    FOR 117 years, the Balangiga Bells were held by the Americans as trophies of war. The next half century saw our two nations fight together in World War II, no longer enemies but the closest of allies under Gen. Douglas MacArthur. But to those who insist­ed on keeping the bells of Balangiga, they […]

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Scrutinizing of nat’l budget continues

    CONGRESS being the body designated by the Constitution to approve all appropriations of public funds, its members may be expected to seek benefits for their constituencies. In the old days, this was done through the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) – P70 million for each congressman and P200 million for each senator – […]

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Metro landports plan needs to be reviewed

    IT was a great idea – a landport at the edge of Metro Manila, on the Coastal Road in Para­ñaque City, where all public transport from Cavite and Batangas would stop, the same way that ships would stop at the Manila North and South Harbors and passenger and cargo planes at the Ninoy […]

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