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Let the debate begin By Ermin Garcia Jr. IT’S amusing to see and hear how some candidates needing to earn points against incumbents are predisposed to challenge the latter to a debate. Don’t get me wrong.  A debate is, indeed, one great opportunity to know more about candidates, to compare capabilities and platform between candidates. […]

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Personality-based elections By Ermin Garcia Jr. IN case you haven’t noticed our political culture has fully shifted from party system to personality politics. In the national level, there is only one political party slate for the senate, the PDP Laban. The Hugpong Ng Pagbabago is a political aggrupation of candidates for the senate with different […]

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The archbishop’s fake news By Ermin Garcia Jr. I do try to give the good Archbishop Soc Villegas the benefit of the doubt that his constant direct and indirect criticisms of President Duterte and his government are not politically motivated but sharing moral guidance from God. But hard as I try to believe him, his […]

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The bishops and the 10 Commandments By Ermin Garcia Jr. LAST week, Olp Parish Binmaley posted a meme on Facebook that showed Archbishop Soc Villegas’ responses to the various criticisms hurled against the outspoken members of the clergy critical of the Duterte administration.  Below are the phrases in that meme. “You complain of priest in […]

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Death threat? By Ermin Garcia Jr. DID Archbishop Soc Villegas, our Mr. Archbishop, also receive a death threat? Unlike Caloocan Bishop Pablo David, and recently, Fathers Robert Reyes, Flavie Villanueva, and Albert Alejo who made public their claim that they received death threats through their mobile phones, Fr. Soc never went public to say he did. […]

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Mr. Archbishop By Ermin Garcia Jr. LINGAYEN-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas did it again. He just couldn’t help dipping his fingers in politics, not as a politician or as member of a party list, but as a bishop of the Catholic Church.  It grates one’s nerves seeing his messages and language pretentious, invoking the image and […]

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People Power “2019” went pffft By Ermin Garcia Jr. LAST week, I found it hard to believe that someone would actually threaten Caloocan Bishop Pablo David. Worse, I found it very suspicious mainly because of the timing and the characters made to play out a contrived plot. Note: There was no prior leak to media […]

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