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Jesus and Beelzebul

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THE scribes who had come from Jerusalem said of Jesus, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and “By the prince of demons he drives out demons.”

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Today is the feast of the Sto. Niño in the Philippines. The feast is immensely popular among Filipinos. Rich and poor, young and old alike maintain a strong, if not fanatical, devotion to the Holy Child. Fiestas and processions are held in his honor.

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Pope Francis was on his way to Chile to start his South American visit last Monday, January 15, when he said he was afraid that a nuclear war could break out at any time. “I think we are at the very edge,” he said. “One accident is enough to precipitate things.”

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As he passed by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea; they were fishermen. Jesus said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Then they abandoned their nets and followed him. He walked along a little farther and saw James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They too were in a boat mending their nets. Then he called them. So they left their father Zebedee in the boat along with the hired men and followed him.

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THE 1987 Constitution requires Congress/Senate to formulate needed legislation on Article 12, Section 19, “The State shall regulate or prohibit monopolies when the public interest requires. No combinations in restraint of trade or unfair competition shall be allowed.” Wisdom and experience warns, when a company becomes too big, gobbling up competition in the market, expect the following:

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Pitoy’s era

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Pitoy wasn’t just a fashion icon, again to use a favorite word of theirs, he was a gentle force who shaped not just the silhouettes of dresses and gowns but also the manners and mores of at least two and a half generations of young ladies endowed with beauty and charm, aspiring to be more sophisticated while looking irresistably sweet and innocent.

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