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From victims to heroes

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Twelve days after the tragic events in President Rodrigo Duterte’s hometown and people are understandably focused on finding the perpetrators of the gruesome crime and bringing them to justice.

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IT is significant to note that right after attending the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Laos, President Duterte proceeded to Jakarta, Indonesia, our closest neighbor to the south with which we have so much in common.

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The son of man

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And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.” For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.

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Extrajudicial

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Extrajudicial killing is simply defined as killing of a person by government authorities without the sanction of the legal process. Clearly, extrajudicial killings do not include the killing of persons in the performance of legitimate military or police operations.

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Dress codes

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When my daughter went to the Department of Foreign Affairs last week to apply for a passport for her little girl, she was almost barred from entering. Alas, she was in shorts – nice to know that DFA is more strict about “proper attire” than your regular Sunday parish priest. But for the kindness of a lady who lent her a shawl to double up as a sarong of sorts, my daughter would’ve had to miss her appointment and the five-year-old to cut classes a second time. As for me, a mere chaperone, I was asked to remove my shades to give the guard a chance to appreciate my a.m. face.

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Retirees of the Social Security System and their families were looking forward to the signing of a bill increasing their monthly pension by P2,000 late last year, when then President President Benigno Aquino III unexpectedly announced in January that he was vetoing the bill. It will have “dire financial consequences,” he said; it would deplete the SSS Investment Reserve Fund by the year 2029.

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