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Fire and rain

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Amid the Christmas revelry, tragedy. Rain, floods, landslides killing hundreds in the Visayas and Mindanao – but why must these seasonal disasters claim the same widespread, largescale deaths and destruction with such certainty, year after year, typhoon after typhoon, when weather forecasting has made them predictable?

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Less stress

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DOES the rush to the Christmas crush have to be so stressful? Not about to morph into Grinch, the creature who stole Christmas, I imagine there must be a sane way of working around Christmas’ nerve wracking merriment. Supposing we play the aggressive parts before and after Christmas, and leave the holy part – peace on earth, silent night holy night, going to church – for Dec. 24 and 25? Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and that kind of time-and-space sharing, that we may enjoy the true spirit of the first Christmas without the frazzle and the frenzy?

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Error in judgment

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IN this season of giving, I am all for giving former President Benigno S. Aquino III the benefit of the doubt. Not to absolve him, not to whitewash his sins if any, but to consider that he made an error in judgment in hastily greenlighting a massive vaccination drive at the height of the dengue outbreak.

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Strange, stranger

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Some people you know do not believe in Christmas either because it’s not what their religion teaches or it’s something about their character and life circumstances. If they don’t know what they’re missing, they don’t need to be reminded, like there’s no need to remind nonsmokers to avoid second-hand smoke.

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Toilet revolution

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ON Nov. 28, the South China Morning Post reported: “Xi’s ‘toilet revolution’ goes nationwide.” And how 68,000 public toilets were refurbished, with another 47,000 to be built and 17,000 rehabilitated over the next two years.

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Vaccinate them!

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A wave of hearings will not assuage the fears of mothers and the kids who were vaccinated for protection against dengue but are now, as it turns out, at risk of a “severe” form of the disease.

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