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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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Jesus said to his disciples: “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing! There is a baptism with which I must be baptized, and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished! Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth?

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My boyfriend is younger than me by eight years. Our relationship is nine months old now. I love him because he is nice and funny. However, he had, on several occasions, spoken of marriage and his desire to have children with me.

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‘Narco-cracy’

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte in his tour of AFP Camps has revealed an estimated 600,000 Filipinos are drug addicts and are victims of this pernicious trade. Other experts place the toll higher. There is, to be theoretical about the substance abuse, a horizontal and vertical menace that influences the widest swathe of our common people, from the lowliest in the mountains with shabu, to the richest, to suspected political mammals in national office e.g. former Cabinet members and alleged legislators?

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Hidilyn Diaz had to shed some pounds to be in top shape for the weightlifting competition in Rio. For someone who lifted 88 kg and 112 kg to land a silver medal, she weighs in at 53 kg and stands in her bare feet at 5’2”. In other words, she’s not a heavyweight and she’s not tall. What’s more, she looks like a real girl, with a perfect set of white, even teeth that qualifies her smiles for a toothsome toothpaste ad.

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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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