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THREE days are left in the campaign period. Voters have just about made up their minds. What they must now concentrate on doing is make sure they get through the voting process without a hitch, as quickly as possible, and avoid mistakes that could invalidate their ballot.

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FORMER Chief Justice Renato C. Corona was preparing to clear his name and reclaim his seat in the Supreme Court when he succumbed to cardiac arrest early Friday morning, April 29. He was the only Chief Justice ever to be impeached.

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THE month of May is a special one for Filipinos. It is the month of fiestas, with many towns all over the country honoring their patron saints. It is the month of special festivals that draw visitors from all over the country and from around the world. It is the month of flowers, for the rains start falling in May after the hot summer months, and the scent of sampaguitas, ilang-ilang, roses, and other blooms – the Flores de Mayo – is in the air.

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We are in the final week of the election campaign and our many candidates will be making their final efforts to win the support of voters. The campaign officially ends this Saturday. Sunday is a day of rest. Then at 6 a.m. on Monday, May 9, the voting begins.

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POPE Francis sought to give new life to his efforts to help Syrian refugees when he visited the Greek island of Lesbos some two weeks ago, then brought back with him to the Vatican 12 Syrians in three families. The three families had fled Syria for Turkey, then set out for Greece across the Aegean Sea, and reached Lesbos where they found hundreds of other refugees all seeking to move on to central Europe.

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