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DESPITE the growing support of administration officials for a Constitutional Assembly (Con-Ass) to revise the Constitution, the idea persists that a Constitutional Convention (Con-Con) is still the better way to do it.

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Jesus said to his disciples, “A rich man had a steward who was reported to him for squandering his property. He summoned him and said, ‘What is this I hear about you? Prepare a full account of your stewardship, because you can no longer be my steward.’ The steward said to himself, ‘What shall I do, now that my master is taking the position of steward away from me? I am not strong enough to dig and I am ashamed to beg. I know what I shall do so that, when I am removed from the stewardship, they may welcome me into their homes.’ He called in his master’s debtors one by one.

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There is a definite pattern in his unemployment. At first, the new job is wonderful, the people are nice, and the work is exciting. After a few months, trouble begins – invariably with his supervisor. What follows is either a dismissal or a search for the next “dream job,” where, of course, the cycle repeats again.

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Dog on a leash

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President Duterte says the US should not treat the Philippines like a dog on a leash, asking us to do this and that, presumably in exchange for her valuable aid.

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Zero (?) poverty

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A third of Filipinos, or 33 million, are farmers and fishermen, and 18 million of these are among the very poor. In China, there are 800 million farmers.

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MINDANAO today has possibly the best opportunity to catch up with the rest of the country. For the first time in our history, we have a president from Mindanao – Rodrigo Duterte of Davao City. The two chambers of Congress are led by Senate President Koko Pimentel of Cagayan de Oro and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez of Davao.

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