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Finally, it’s May 9, Election Day, and the nation’s voters troop to the precincts all over the country to cast their votes. With the automated elections, the Commission on Elections says the winner in the presidential election will be known within three days.

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It would have been best if all the presidential candidates had come to attend the mass celebrated by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle at the Manila Cathedral last Monday, May 2, even if only for the symbolic unity they would have presented to the nation at this time of such great discord and conflict in the closing days of the election campaign.

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THE country is beginning to have thunderstorms bringing sudden rains to various parts of the country. These are not yet the steady rains of the wet season; those are no due until near the end of May. But the scattered afternoon rains are serving to ease the summer heat we have been enduring for many weeks now.

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A WEEK after the beheading of a Canadian kidnap victim by the Abu Sayyaf in Mindanao for alleged failure to pay ransom, the Abu Sayyaf was in the news again. It released 10 Indonesian seamen it had seized aboard a tugboat off Sabah last March 26. The Jolo police director said he did not know if ransom had been paid for the Indonesians, but said the Abu Sayyaf had earlier demanded P50 million for the sailors.

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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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