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LAST week I wrote about the “PUIDe” (Phil. Universal Identification – card) as another proposition for Congress to consider in order that the country be in tune with world trends on this issue. What must go “hand-in-glove” with said legislation is the passing of a law on ‘mandatory SIM registration’ (SR) for all cell phones. Note, that there are roughly 90 countries around the globe that have passed laws requiring registration for SR, precisely for identifying the real owner and user of the SIM card. Such congressional attention on both approaches is one way for strengthening culpability in the abuse of anonymity via prank calls, malicious texts, etc. to the consternation of government emergency/police services, to include protecting children and our womenfolk.

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IT wasn’t funny then and it isn’t funny now, to hear of scalawags in uniform being sent to Mindanao (then) and Marawi (now) as punishment.

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Arroyo says Duterte ‘awesome’ in first year

His demonstration of an “awesome leadership” and resolve to make good on his campaign promises were among the positive impressions that President Duterte gave one of his predecessors, former President now Pampanga Rep. Gloria M. Arroyo.

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IN the ongoing conflict with the Maute rebels in Marawi City in Lanao del Sur, followed by an attack by the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Pigcawayan, North Cotabato, the national government may have gotten so involved in the fighting with the Islamists in Marawi that it has not had much time to devote to the other problem posed by the other long-standing rebellion, that of the New People’s Army (NPA).

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When Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion approached him and appealed to him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully.” He said to him, “I will come and cure him.” The centurion said in reply, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed. For I too am a man subject to authority, with soldiers subject to me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come here,’ and he comes; and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Amen, I say to you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith. I say to you, many will come from the east and the west, and will recline with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the banquet in the Kingdom of heaven, but the children of the Kingdom will be driven out into the outer darkness, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.” And Jesus said to the centurion, “You may go; as you have believed, let it be done for you.” And at that very hour his servant was healed.

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There is an apparent need to reinforce our troops battling the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)-inspired Maute group in Marawi and other security threats in other parts of the country.

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