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Let us prey

Let us prey

  SINCE we were rookies – How is journalism like crime? Like crime, journalism doesn’t pay – colleagues have been diabolically fantasizing about founding a re­ligion as the only way to amass wealth in a hurry. Every centavo you made would be tax-free, not to mention the state may not interfere in your evangelizing, recruiting […]

Martin’s edge

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Martin’s edge

  PROBABLY apocryphal, but the story goes that when President Duterte hunkered down in his hotel in Tokyo to meet with three of the “front-running” contenders for Speaker, he told them he was neutral and they had the same chances: “You are equally qualified. You are all young. You are equally guapo.” That last sentence […]

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Outsmarted again

  EVERYONE and his sister-in-law have something unsavory to say about Smartmatic, everybody in­cluding President Duterte, Sen. Koko Pimentel, even opposition Sen. Kiko Pangilinan. Do they count as the majority? Apparently not, because Smartmatic has yet to be heard from – whatever for, if the Comelec spox sounds like he’s speaking for Smart­matic? Now a […]

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Game of visas

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Game of visas

  THE appeal of a US visa hasn’t changed much between the time of Hitler’s reign of terror and the age of selfies in the Philip­pines. When Hitler began exterminating Jews in Europe, the Philippines under President Manuel L. Quezon was the only country that offered them safe haven – provided the US would issue […]

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Always lacking

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Always lacking

  HOW can we teach our children to love discovering the world through their books and their teachers’ eyes when packing them into poorly ventilated, jampacked classrooms is a daily punishment? The school-age population has grown another 2.5 percent – and it’s no coincidence that the figures are almost identical with the annual birth rate. […]

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Trashy tsunami

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Trashy tsunami

  GARBAGE as metaphor? Tons and tons brought into our beautiful once-pristine islands by merchants without a conscience – what’s a clean con­science against dirty profits? At no time in the history of smuggling has there been a more noxious tsunami of trash dumped on our shores by “rich” countries such as Canada, Aus­tralia, Korea, […]

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