It is astounding that developed civilized nations like Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Switzerland, South Africa, Hong Kong, Fiji, and the United States have 10 years as the minimum age of criminal responsibility for children.  It’s a mark of s ...

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When people say change, it is normal. Change is not unnatural; it is not changing that is. Everything changes, everything is alive, even the dead or what we think is inanimate. Under the microscope, everything is dynamic. There are forms that ch ...

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NEW YORK - In a subdued atmosphere at a venue in Woodside, New York Saturday, October 5, Rely Manacay, of Cagayan De Oro City-Misamis Oriental Association of New York, Inc., was elected President of the Philippine Independence Day Council, Inc. ...

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In the dangerous southern island of Mindanao in the Philippine archipelago of more than 7,000 islands, martial law reigns. It is a place forbidden to non-Filipinos by many embassies. It is troubled with social and political unrest. Mindanao is i ...

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Much of our social life is focused on leadership. There is no denying that the right leader can trigger miracles to happen. What many forget, though, is that the miracle is done by the people who are inspired by the leader. Great victories in wa ...

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Let the children rise up and speak. That is what is now happening across the world and ever since that brave child Greta Thunberg, 16 years old, went on strike from school one Friday to sit in front of the parliament house in Sweden with her sig ...

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I was browsing through my newsfeed on my phone when I came across the closing remarks of Rappler’s Maria Ressa in the recent Social Good Summit. I was not present in that summit and was fortunate enough to catch Ressa’s wrap-up which, I assume, ...

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The world is afire again, the flames heartbreakingly consume shrubs, trees and forests in Australia, Portugal, Brazil, and recently in California and Siberia and elsewhere too. The world community has reacted in protest to the hundreds of fires ...

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I have been wanting to write about the Bucor (Bureau of Corrections) controversy. There are questions in my mind that I have been meaning to ask because what I read in newspapers or online articles are never that complete. What I know for a fact ...

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What greater duty does any person of integrity have than to speak the truth about that which is morally wrong, unjust and despicable? To speak one’s mind, to challenge injustice, abuse, exploitation, torture and the unlawful taking of life is a ...

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I would like to say that I am a long-time member of the Catholic laity. I almost said “Church” but it is not yet a reality when laymen feel they are the Church. I admit there have been some noticeable effort compared to the none of a not-so-long ...

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NEW YORK - Luck may have played with his selection as one of the faces of the United States Tennis Association's (USTA) new youth brand called "Net Generation" which aims to inspire the next generation of tennis players. But 11-year-old Andre Al ...

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There was great happiness in the villages of the Zambales and Mindanao mountains this year- the mango trees produced an abundance of mango fruit. The small-scale Filipino farmers and indigenous people were delighted. Happy, beaming farmers broug ...

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It would seem like we never learn – in some things. When the pendulum swings more and more towards one end, a point will come when it has to swing back because it cannot continue its present path. This principle is what we never seem to recogniz ...

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Why and how are people, who do not know about human hardship and suffering, indifferent to helping the poor and brand 12-year-old children as criminals when they are just children, get elected to high offices? The reason is likely to be that the ...

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