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Weekly Reflections: Facing the challenges of 2018

A new year brings us new challenges in life. Facing these challenges, as the aforementioned Biblical text would imply, is first and foremost to remember the past. And as we look back to the past, we come to realize that it is real, indeed. For some it was a horrible year due to thousands of killings related to illegal drugs. Series of calamities, both natural and human-made, visited our country that rendered death and destruction to many.

Makabayan asks Supreme Court to void TRAIN

BAGUIO CITY — ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio, Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate and Anakpawis Representative Ariel Casilao petitioned the Supreme Court to “void” the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN).

Ani ng pakikibaka

Isang mainit na tanghali noong Oktubre. Naglalakad kami sa sumisingaw na aspalto na kalsada ng Tuguegarao City patungo sa opisina ng DSWD at DENR para idulog muli ang hinaing ng mga magsasaka at katutubo na inagawan ng lupa ng National Greening Program (NGP) ng DENR at ang paggigiit sa karapatan sa tulong pinansyal ng mga nasalanta ng bagyong Lawin.

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1 bayan sa Basilan karatig ng Al Barka (2 salita)
7 sa halip (Sp > Pil)
12 ilipat sa gilid o iligpit (Tag)
13 buhol, tulad ng sa punong-kahoy (Eng)

As The Bamboos Sway: My first dance after Seminary life

As our Saint Louis University Boys High School (SLUBHS) Class ’68 Golden Reunion is approaching this January 26-28, 2018 in Baguio City, my mind is surging with many recollections that I find myself smiling with the thoughts even as I am typing this story.

From Under This Hat: Choo choo TRAIN

When I read a story about Digong’s TRAIN (Tax reform acceleration and inclusion) the Beatles’ song Taxman of the early 70’s run thru my head:

“Let me tell you how it will be
There’s one for you, nineteen for me
‘Cause I’m the taxman, yeah, I’m the taxman
Should five per cent appear too small
Be thankful I don’t take it all
‘Cause I’m the taxman, yeah I’m the taxman …”

Women’s Front: Who defends human rights defenders?

New year supposedly means fresh start and newly gained energy for most of us but for the women human rights defenders who continue to suffer unabated attacks from state security forces, the year started with escalated stress and anxiety. There is no greater suffering than to start a year facing continuous threats to your life and security and be treated like criminals when all you do is exhaust your energy to serve the under-served and work for a truly free and democratic society.

Weekly Reflections: Making images of God

January 9 is the Feast of the Black Nazarene. Year after year devotees from various places and from all walks of life flock to Quiapo Church to join in the celebration. They say this is their panata (vow) before God for the miraculous healing and other blessings they received. Since God answered their prayers and gave them what they wanted, they ought to fulfill their panata (vow) not only to thank God but in order to receive more blessings from God.

Activist-writer pleads not guilty

BANGUED, Abra — Sherwin De Vera, the activist and writer who was illegally arrested last December 12, pleaded not guilty for the rebellion charge against him on January 3 at the Bangued regional trial court (RTC).

Greed reigns over employees’ safety — Baguio BPO employees

BAGUIO CITY — BPO workers in Baguio said the death of call center agents of the Survey Sampling International (SSI) in Davao only shows how vulnerable the BPO workers are under employers who give priority to profit over employees’ safety as they lit candles for the victims last January 3.

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1 sanhi, motibo (Tag)
7 palayaw nina Maximo at Maximiano
10 ‘sakada’ na taga-Oklahoma (Eng slang)