Editorial & Opinion

Waiting in hope, peace, joy and love - not in fear and anxiety

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Tiene usted la eternidad para descansar (You have eternity in which to rest) is a line attributed to Fr. Pedro Arrupe S.J. the former Superior General of the Society of Jesus. Almost 20 ago, I made a small poster of this and placed it beside the photo of Fr. Arrupe praying.

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What needs to be done

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It’s a fair, if irrelevant, question: How will the filing of plunder charges against key Aquino administration officials involved in the systematic destruction of the MRT-3 improve the efficiency and reliability of the distressed commuter train line?

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Pulling together to fight HIV/AIDS

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World AIDS Day (Dec. 1) came and went with worrisome news for the country. The latest figures from the Department of Health’s HIV/AIDS and ART Registry of the Philippines are alarming: From July to August alone, the DOH recorded 1,962 new cases of HIV/AIDS; as many as 31 new cases have been reported every day this year  -  a meteoric rise compared to 2008 when only one case was reported daily. The vast majority of the new cases are male -  a staggering 95 percent - and certain details are heartbreaking: 18 pregnant women were diagnosed positive in that same period.

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Migration and rural development

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Throughout history, one of the most effective strategies for people to look for a better future has been to move, in most cases leaving impoverished rural areas in search of more productive opportunities elsewhere.

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Trump’s loss, China’s gain?

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Is superpower America losing its grip on Asia?

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US Republicans and gun violence

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After the mass shooting at a concert in Las Vegas, Nevada, the other week, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters: “It’s particularly inappropriate to politicize an event like this. It just happened within the last day and a half.”

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Whose responsibility are the Rohingya?

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The latest development on this issue is that Myanmar and Bangladesh - the two countries most directly implicated in the Rohingya problem - have agreed to repatriate the more than 600,000 Rohingya refugees who have fled to Bangladesh to escape atrocities by Burmese security forces. The plan calls for their formal registration, preparatory to their restoration to their villages and homes in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.

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Clogged courts and jails

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A modern, democratic, free society exists through the rule of law.

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Telco shakeup

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Finally, the political will to address a major national economic problem - slow internet and poor telecommunications service. President Duterte has offered China a slot to become the third major telco player in the country, a move aimed at breaking the much criticized duopoly of Globe Telecom and PLDT Inc.

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A clear victory

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The “liberation” of the Islamic City of Marawi, after nearly five months of fighting, could have been more ambiguous; an end to hostilities and a retaking of the entire city, perhaps, but with the leaders of IS Ranao, the Islamic State-affiliated group, escaping into the countryside.

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