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‘Rampage’ is relentless

    WHEN James M. Scott sub­mitted the first draft of his book about the Battle of Manila that was fought between the world’s two most powerful gen­erals, his editor was appalled at the witness accounts of the wounds, decapitation and muti­lation of body parts, rape, tor­ture, the beastly slaughter of thousands and other unspeak­able […]

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A vote for newbies

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A vote for newbies

  I’VE been to Utopia and I’ve seen the future. Given the chance, every single blessed sen­atorial candidate in the May elec­tions will take us to the Promised Land. We have seen and heard them on radio and TV, gauged their performance, appreciated their promises, watched their passion, sincerity, and delighted at the no­bility of […]

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Liters of light

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Liters of light

    YOU think small when you light one candle at a time to dispel darkness. Illac Diaz, who should one day be chief of the United Nations, and his friends and volunteers have been cre­ating bottles of light – 350,000 as of last count – in more than 15 countries, each one-liter bot­tle designed […]

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Den and now

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Den and now

    WHEREVER those drugs worth P6 billion-plus have landed, we’re seeing bits and pieces of them being seized in daily raids and apprehensions north and south of the islands. In so-called gated communities where security guards do not al­low just anyone to go past their scrutiny, the merchants of sui­cide in small doses have […]

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No rules

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No rules

    “COWARDS!” the man mut­tered under his breath, though it would’ve been well with­in his rights to shout the word out loud. Cowards, indeed, they who so bravely wave the banner of ter­rorism. But that’s what terrorists do. They have changed the rules of warfare by not following any; they are as ruthless as […]

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Apples and feng shui

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Apples and feng shui

  EVERY year that ends and leads into a new year, forecasters promise a better one ahead. Well, it’s good psychology, just what this endangered world needs. We’ve seen blood shed in horrendous amounts in the last few days, as if the “travel advisories” issued by three foreign governments and the observation of one other […]

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