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Polaroid and petals

Polaroid and petals

    SHE saw it coming. She heard it, too. The truck behind them on one lane of SLEX was coming too fast, roaring so loud it frightened her. But only for a second. The next second, with an obscene groan, the truck came to a crashing stop, within six inches of her back. “The […]

When?

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When?

  IT’S the NOT KNOWING that sucks! When will it go away? How will it go away? Who will drive it away? Our ancestors were hunters and gatherers, nomads and wanderers who ventured and adventured out into the wild to fight or flee, feed their young and reproduce. When later generations became farmers, they settled […]

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The doctor is in

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The doctor is in

    ADD my name to the expanding list of admirers of DOH Undersecretary Ma. Rosario Vergeire, MD, who has been daily, regularly updating an anxious public on what they need to know and need not fear about COVID-19. We need more public officials like her – confident, competent, technically proficient, but imbued with that […]

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Too much sharing

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Too much sharing

  THERE’S an emerging disease and it’s coming out of our ears: coronavirus, aka COVID-19. Each day that passes the news just gets worse. And why are we naming it differently? From the beginning, the international media have been referring to it as coronavirus, and that includes AFP, BBC, CNN, Fox News, Reuters. As with […]

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‘Not martial law’

  STRIKING an avuncular, even fatherly, pose, President Duterte declared Thursday night (8:55-9:42 p.m.) on a simulcast from Malacañang, “This is not martial law.” The rhetoric was slanted toward the young and idealistically rebellious, even those without memories of the Martial Law of President Marcos in 1972: “Avoid trouble with the law. Stay home and […]

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Dirty money

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Dirty money

  MORE than P32 billion ($633M), larger than the annual budget of a big department of the government, arrived “unabashed, unabated” through 890 transactions since September 2019. The Anti-Money Laundering Council showed “no enthusiasm,” in Senator Richard Gordon’s words, to stop the flow. Dirty money from drugs, terrorism, human trafficking? In their previous incarnation a […]

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