To be truly Christ-like

Posted by watchmen
January 18, 2020
Posted in OPINION

Knowing that as a human person we are patterned after Christ, we should aim at making ourselves more and more like him. This should be our constant daily concern. All our other concerns in this life, no matter how important and urgent they may be, should be subordinated to this primordial one. To be sure, …

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They didn’t believe Syjuco was ill until he died

Posted by watchmen
January 18, 2020
Posted in OPINION

“We must bring the issue of mental illness out into the sunlight, out of the shadow, out of the closet, deal with it, treat people, have centers where people can get the necessary help.” –Rep. John Lewis It took the recent death of former Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Director-General Augusto ‘Buboy’ Syjuco, …

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From puto vendor to marine general

Posted by watchmen
January 18, 2020
Posted in OPINION

As Lieutenant General Emmanuel B. Salamat’s brilliant nearly 39-year military career draws to an end, the Northern Luzon Command (NOLCOM) Commander cannot help but reminisce his humble beginnings. Salamat was the 6th of 13 children of Pablo and Anita Salamat. His father, a former prison guard, rose from the ranks and eventually retired as a …

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Traffic apprehensions are not the solution

Posted by watchmen
January 18, 2020
Posted in OPINION

“No Parking” are words most Bacolod City motorists see. However, have local traffic authorities thought about establishing appropriate and sensible parking spaces? Drivers waste a lot of fuel driving around looking for areas to park and, with the idea of diagonal parking likely not entering the minds of those in charge, authorities likely set up …

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Mark Villar, may conflict of interest sa Prime Water?

Posted by watchmen
January 17, 2020
Posted in OPINION

INSPIRASYON SA BUHAY: “… Kaya’t sinabi ni Jesus… `mamamatay kayo sa inyong mga kasalanan. Kung hindi kayo maniniwalang ‘Ako’y Ako Nga,’ mamamatay kayo sa inyong mga kasalanan’…” (Juan 8:24, Ang Tanging Daan Bibliya).   *** MARK VILLAR, MAY CONFLICT OF INTEREST SA PRIME WATER? Sa mga pagbubunyag sa lingguhang “Wednesday Round Table Discussion” noong Miyerkules, …

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Coordination sought between city offices

Posted by watchmen
January 17, 2020
Posted in OPINION

A resolution was approved last week before the Bacolod City Sangguninag Panglunsod seeking a “consultation and coordination” between City Planning Office head Jean Ramos and City Engineer Belly Aguilon with the Bacolod City Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) regarding ongoing infrastructure projects across the city. According to the policy, which was penned by …

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Taal and superstitious beliefs

Posted by watchmen
January 17, 2020
Posted in OPINION

“Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy the mad daughter of a wise mother. These daughters have too long dominated the earth.” –Voltaire Some anthropologists suggest supernatural beliefs gain strength after natural disasters. In the aftermath of the recent Taal Volcano eruption, Filipinos have attributed it to superstition. Belief in “omens” and “portents,” …

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Some indices of personal growth

Posted by watchmen
January 17, 2020
Posted in OPINION

No matter how imperfect and non-conclusive, it is always helpful that priests, or anybody who has the duty to take care of others, like parents and teachers, avail of some measurements or indices that can show if there is progress and development in the personal life of the those under their care. These indices will …

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The priest as mediator

Posted by watchmen
January 16, 2020
Posted in OPINION

We have to understand well the role of a mediator. He is like a bridge that connects two ends. A perfect mediator is one where he is both in the one end as in the other. He just cannot be in one end but not in the other, though he may orient or dispose himself …

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Social pension and our senior citizens

Posted by watchmen
January 16, 2020
Posted in OPINION

A hallmark of Filipino culture is how we treat our elderly with respect and utmost care. Indeed, it is normal for a family to have at least one grandparent living with them — and if not living with them, then frequently visiting to make sure the children and grandchildren are doing well. With this in …

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