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Even before you open your mouth to speak, think thoroughly about what you are going to say. Ask yourself, will it be beneficial or harmful to yourself and to others? Will your words bring life or death? Will it build up or destroy someone?

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If China truly believes that it owns almost all of the South China Sea, it should have asserted its claims long ago and begun their massive reclamation activities turning reefs into artificial islands, in areas even within the boundaries of neighboring countries.

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Fall from grace

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WEEKS before his spectacular but barely talked about fall from grace, Francis Tolentino described his MMDA posting as “the most punishing job, perhaps, available.” Subsequent events have shown how no punishment could’ve been more cruel than the politics of the ruling party of which he was not a member.

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NY public officer who, by himself or in connivance with members of his family, relatives by affinity or consanguinity, business associates, or other persons, amasses, accumulates, or acquires ill-gotten wealth through a combination or series of overt criminal acts as described in Section 1(d) hereof in the aggregate amount or total value of at least fifty million pesos shall be guilty of the crime of plunder…”

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I have been happily married for 31 years. Last year I went to my high-school reunion and ran into an old flame. We started talking and, to make a long story short, began an affair. He’s married too. I really love him, and I always have, but situations and youth kept us from being together. Now our marital status keeps us apart. If my husband found out about this, he would be devastated. I also love him. What I want is to be with both of them. What’s wrong with me?

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Turn on the radio or television and tune in on the prime-time news. More often than not, killings, abductions, theft, rape, robbery, and other violent crimes are among the major stories of the day.

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