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Last June after President Duterte won the election, Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), was confronted by very harsh words for the Church by the new President, who called it a “most hypocritical institution.” Archbishop Socrates chose to invoke “the silence of Jesus before the arrogance of Pilate.”

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THE national budget is the single most important piece of legislation by any Congress and it is only right that it be given priority over moves to convene Congress into a Constitutional Assembly to amend our current 1987 Constitution.

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JUST when the traffic situation seemed to be improving in one part of Metro Manila, it would get jammed elsewhere in the metropolis. At one time, flooded streets around the Manila City Hall caused south-bound traffic to back up as far back as España Blvd. in Sampaloc. That appears to have been solved by repairs on drainage channels. Last Monday, traffic was again jammed all around Quiapo and surrounding areas. This time, motorists blamed construction work on Quiapo bridge, where a layer of asphalt was being laid on one lane.

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TWENTY years after our last Olympic medal, an unexpected heroine has emerged in the Rio Olympics – Hidilyn Diaz of Zamboanga City, winner of a silver medal in weightlifting. No one had mentioned her name in previews of Philippine prospects at the Olympics – not our own Philippine officials and not the foreign sports analysts who had been keeping tabs on the world’s top athletes and their respective records.

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THE Philippines has suddenly become part of the American election campaign with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump naming us as one of nine “terrorist nations” whose people, he said, should not be allowed entry into the United States.

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FVR’s mission

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WHEN former President Fidel V. Ramos (FVR) leaves as a special envoy to China, it will be for a dialogue. There will be no hard proposals. In fact, President Duterte said, FVR will not be talking with Chinese officials, but with friends.

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