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A day of celebration & hope in Bethlehem

    BETHLEHEM this year had the largest Christmas crowd in years. Pilgrims from around the world gathered in Manger Square, then entered the Church of the Nativity, venerated for centuries as the site of the birth of Christ. At the Midnight Mass at the Church of the Nativity, Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the top Roman […]

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China moves to open up its economy

    CHINA announced a new package of trade tariff cuts last Dec. 24, lowering im­port taxes on over 700 items starting Jan. 1, 2019. It was in line with President Xi Jinping’s vow at the 40th anniversary of China’s “Reform and Opening Up” last Dec. 18. The new tariff cuts are a welcome development […]

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We’re also on alert after Krakatau quake

  THE island volcano Krakatau in the Sunday strait between Sumatra and Java in Indonesia erupted in 1883, one of the largest in history. Over 35,000 people were killed and 16 coastal villages were destroyed. Krakatau remained active after the eruption, its vent forming a small island that was named Anak Krakatau, meaning child of […]

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Batocabe killing – more than a police case

    IT was his 28th wedding anniversary. Most people would wish to celebrate such a richly satisfying event in the com­fort of their homes in the bosom of their families, with perhaps a few close friends. Rep. Rodel Batocabe of partylist Ako Bicol chose to celebrate it by giving Christmas gifts to a group […]

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We need a genuine nat’l dialogue on Charter change

    THE House of Representatives approved last December 11 Resolution of Both Houses No. 15, in which it proposed a draft Constitution to replace the present 1987 Constitution, basically calling for a presidential-bicameral-federal system of government. The resolution contained a proposed new Constitution with all its detailed provisions, such as the terms of office […]

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Needed: A law against premature campaigning

    FOR several weeks now, there has been an undue increase in the public activities and appearances of certain people, obviously candidates for certain positions in the coming midterm elections, as reported in various media, along with the appearance of tarpaulins and posters of all kinds featuring their names and pictures. They are candidates […]

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