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California quakes remind us of our ‘Big One’

  TWO big earthquakes hit southern California last week, renewing fears of the “Big One” that Californians have long been warned about. Fortunately, the earthquakes – magnitude-6.4 on Thursday followed by magnitude-7.1 on Friday – hit a sparsely populated area 18 kilometers from the city of Ridgecrest, but they were enough to damage some buildings, […]

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Jesus sent out these Twelve

Gospel Reading: Mt 10:1-7 JESUS summoned his Twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them out and to cure every disease and every illness. The names of the Twelve Apostles are these: first, Simon called Peter, and his brother Andrew; James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and […]

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Responsive public service

  OPTIMIZING the use of information and communi­cations technologies and ratio­nalizing systems and processes can make public service truly responsive to the needs of the public. Government agencies can learn a lot from the Depart­ment of Foreign Affairs (DFA) given its initiatives for people-friendly and continuously im­proving consular services. Government services should inherently be “people-friendly” […]

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Their 7.1, our 7.2

  A FEW things to learn from the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that shook, rattled and rolled South­ern California last Friday (Saturday in Manila), courtesy of one of the world’s most famous seismologists, Dr. Lucy Jones, during a press brief­ing that was intercut with CNN live reports. (No, it’s not related to the Big One of […]

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Duterte’s pointman for Mindanao dev’t

  IN the second half of the six-year Duterte administration, a great deal of fo­cus will be on the development of the President’s home region of Mindanao. Much hope is pinned on the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mind­anao (BARMM). But the overall planning for all of Mindanao will be in the hands of the […]

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His heart was moved with pity

  Gospel: Mt 9:32-38 A DEMONIAC who could not speak was brought to Jesus, and when the demon was driven out the mute person spoke. The crowds were amazed and said, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Is­rael.” But the Pharisees said, “He drives out demons by the prince of demons.” Jesus went […]

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