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THIS will be the disturbing headline before the year is over. Another Philippine real estate under the flag of the People’s Republic of China. One more successfully constructed military outpost, to make the exclamation point. The blue-print for the “creeping invasion”, borrowing the first alarm by then Defense Secretary Orlando Mercado, was in hibernation until the appointed time most auspicious.

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Arriba, Lariba!

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SHE’S making history at age 21, a student of De La Salle University, the first Filipino table tennis player to represent her country in the Olympics and one of only 64 wielding their paddles in this year’s summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.

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THE response to the Supreme Court order dismissing the plunder case against former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and calling for her release after four years of hospital arrest has been generally positive, with many citing her frail health.

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Jesus proposed a parable to the crowds. “The Kingdom of heaven may be likened to a man who sowed good seed in his field. While everyone was asleep his enemy came and sowed weeds all through the wheat, and then went off. When the crop grew and bore fruit, the weeds appeared as well. The slaves of the householder came to him and said, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where have the weeds come from?’ He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ His slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ He replied, ‘No, if you pull up the weeds you might uproot the wheat along with them. Let them grow together until harvest; then at harvest time I will say to the harvesters, “First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning; but gather the wheat into my barn.”

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The English term for Hamachi is “yellowtail”, and Kanpachi is “amberjack”. But because yellowtail can also be called “Japanese amberjack”, overseas sushi diners sometimes think they’re the same fish.

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The favorable verdict issued by the United Nations-backed Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) on the Philippine moral and legal claim to the Spratlys should prod our government to initiate moves to revive our ownership claim over Sabah, now constituted an illegal federal state of Malaysia.

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