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OPINION: Sensing the Sacred by L.P. Enad

IT HAS BEEN rather alarming that in recent years, if I’m not mistaken, there seems to be unhealthy practices connected […].....»»

Category: newsSource: mindanaoexaminer mindanaoexaminerNov 9th, 2018

Sensing the Sacred

By: Lance Patrick Enad IT has been rather alarming that in recent years, if I’m not mistaken, there seems to be unhealthy practices connected to the solemnity of all Saints and the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed. I have noticed, at least in the cemetery my relatives rest, that there are some families who have been […] The post Sensing the Sacred appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsNov 8th, 2018

[OPINION] Sex and the DDS

As a sociologist, I have always been fascinated by social movements, especially right-wing ones where people regress to the state of collective behavior before humans evolved into a community.  Now, people have always told me that my fascination with right-wing movements could get me into trouble, since my informants, sensing ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 16th, 2017

Anger grows in South Korea over US anti-missile system – ABC News

The anger is palpable on a narrow road that cuts through a South Korean village where about 170 people live between green hills dotted with cottages and melon fields. It's an unlikely trouble spot in the world's last Cold War standoff. Aging farmers in this corner of Seongju county, more than 200 kilometers (125 miles) south of the capital Seoul, spend the day sitting by the asphalt in tents or on plastic stools, watching vehicles coming and going from a former golf course where military workers are setting up an advanced U.S. missile-defense system. &'8220;Just suddenly one day, Seongju has become the frontline,&'8221; said a tearful Park Soo-gyu, a 54-year-old strawberry farmer. &'8220;Wars today aren't just fought with guns. Missiles will be flying and where would they aim first? Right here, where the THAAD radar is.&'8221; THAAD is shorthand for Terminal High Altitude Defense, which the South Korean and U.S. governments say is critical to cope with a growing missile threat from North Korea. When completed, the battery will consist of six truck-mounted launchers that can fire up to 48 interceptors at incoming missiles detected by the system's x-band radar. Anger has boiled over in Seosongri village since last week when U.S. and South Korean military workers used the early-morning hours to rush key parts of THAAD into place. The system had been scheduled to enter operation by the end of the year, but South Korea's Defense Ministry said Tuesday that it is already capable of defending against North Korean missiles. The ministry didn't say when the deployment would be completed. Hundreds of banners hang on trees and fences along a kilometer (half-mile) stretch of the road up to where police have cut off access. They say &'8220;Withdraw the illegal THAAD immediately&'8221; and &'8220;Stop US militarism,&'8221; slogans that would feel familiar in a leftist rally but are unusual in the country's traditionally conservative southeast. &'8220;Yankee, go home!&'8221; a man yelled as he banged his fist on a car apparently carrying American soldiers, before dozens of police officers peeled him and other protesters away from the vehicle. The local anger highlights what has arguably become the most explosive issue ahead of a presidential election next week. The May 9 vote will likely end a decadelong conservative rule that maintained a hard line against North Korea and agreed to the THAAD installation. Front-runner Moon Jae-in, who calls for engagement with the North, has said the deployment of THAAD should be reconsidered. Some media have questioned whether the United States and a caretaker government that took over for ousted former President Park Geun-hye are rushing to complete THAAD before the election. Earlier polls had showed overwhelming public support for THAAD following North Korean nuclear tests and a long-range rocket launch last year. But public opinion has become more divided amid the corruption scandal that led to Park's downfall and criticism that the government was pushing ahead without seeking the consent of Seongju residents. Opposition was further inflamed after President Donald Trump said he would make South Korea pay $1 billion for THAAD. Seongju residents say comments by Trump show the United States may be preparing for a pre-emptive strike against North Korea. They worry that if the North retaliates, THAAD would make their county a main target. There's also frustration about an increasingly heavy police and military presence in an area where outsiders had been mostly limited to small groups of weekend golfers. Residents are also concerned about the rumored harmful effects the electromagnetic waves from THAAD's radar might have on them and their crops. Seoul's Defense Ministry calls such worries groundless. &'8220;We have been living very peacefully as farmers, but our daily lives have been shattered after the arrival of this weapon; we can't rest comfortably for a day and can't work without worrying,&'8221; said Kim Yoon&''seong, a 60-year-old melon farmer. He says many younger residents with children are considering leaving Seongju. Residents say at least 13 people were treated at hospitals for injuries including broken bones and teeth after a violent clash last week between dozens of villagers and supporters and some 8,000 police officers who were mobilized to remove them from the road. Three days later, more than a hundred police officers ended an hourslong standoff by swarming a handful of people who had been blocking a mountain path with a tractor to prevent construction equipment from entering the THAAD site. Police detained a man and drove away the tractor as villagers showered them with insults, including &'8220;dogs&'8221; and &'8220;Americans' slaves.&'8221; &'8220;We won't allow any U.S. military and construction vehicles to pass through the two roads,&'8221; said Rev. Kang Hyun-wook, a minister of Won Buddhism, an indigenous form of the religion. The grounds include a site Won Buddhists consider as sacred and are no longer allowed to visit. &'8220;If they fly in (the THAAD parts) with helicopters, then fine, it's their money to spend and we can't do anything about that.&'8221; Several people were hurt in another clash on Sunday as police tried to remove protesters blocking two U.S. military oil trucks from entering the THAAD site. Residents said the trucks turned away because cars protesters had parked to block the road couldn't be towed. Moon, the presidential front-runner, says THAAD's security benefits would be offset by deteriorating relations with China, which sees THAAD's powerful radar as a threat to its own defense. South Korea's largest trade partner, China has [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsMay 3rd, 2017

OPINION: Of  PNA and Sputnik by Jun Ledesma

WHAT HAS RAPPLER’S Pia Ranada against the Philippine News Agency’s plan of having  a sharing arrangement of  news and  feature […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated News7 hr. 33 min. ago

No Sacred Cows

By: Reyshimar C. Arguelles WE never prepared ourselves for this. The Sanidganbayan’s decision to sentence Imelda Marcos for a prison period stretching seven decades is too much to take in. A Marcos getting convicted for graft? Now, you’re either joking or taking fentanyl. Except, it isn’t fake news or a product of deranged blabbering. A Marcos […] The post No Sacred Cows appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsNov 13th, 2018

Manila among top spots for Asian solo travelers

Worldwide, most people don’t mind travelling solo if the purpose is to relax and unwind. This was one of the key findings of a survey commissioned by Agoda, one of the world’s fastest-growing online travel agents (OTA). Agoda’s Solo Travel Trends 2018 survey, conducted by YouGov, a global public opinion and data company, found that […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsNov 12th, 2018

The case for ‘calibrated modesty’ —why you must tell your story

Our Lifestyle staffer expressed what must be a one-in-100-million opinion about the lotto with the P1-billion stake: "Why should I (buy a ticket)? I have beauty and brains. To have P1 billion more is a bit much. God won't like that. Leave that to others." We didn't ask if she was serious; we presumed she was---not caring to join the long lotto queues when gas, food (even vegetable) prices were up, and the peso is expected to dip some more. She clearly keeps stock of what she has---beauty and brains. That will do for now (perhaps until the peso goes down to P58:$1). She and I belong to the "sandwich generation" which, wedged in between parents who survived the world war and our Gen ...Keep on reading: The case for ‘calibrated modesty’ —why you must tell your story.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 11th, 2018

OPINION: The search for 3rd Telco is far from over by Jun Ledesma

WHEN YOU EXPECT about 15 bidders to submit their bids for the 3rd Telco and only three submitted and then the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsNov 9th, 2018

Why zero tolerance for corruption is what PH needs

We think it timely to call attention today to a startling opinion piece by Dan Steinbock, published yesterday on page A5 of our Op-Ed section — titled “The economic costs of corruption in the Philippines.” If some of us are still wondering why President Rodrigo Duterte has placed such high importance on eradicating corruption under… link: Why zero tolerance for corruption is what PH needs.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsNov 6th, 2018

Why zero tolerance for corruption is what PH needs

We think it timely to call attention today to a startling opinion piece by Dan Steinbock, published yesterday on page A5 of our Op-Ed section — titled “The economic costs...READ MORE The post Why zero tolerance for corruption is what PH needs appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsNov 5th, 2018

“Suwaan bay humay?” Has the Boholano concept of the sacred rice changed?

Across time, Boholano attitude towards rice and its consumption has apparently changed. Rice, to Boholanos is as sacred as ubi, its ethno-religious root crop. Such is so, that when farmer’s child trips and accidentally drops an ubi, the ubi gets a kiss, the child gets a whack in the butt. When farmers dry the palay […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  boholnewsdailyRelated NewsNov 5th, 2018

OPINION: The unrelenting war against corruption by Jun Ledesma

WHO EVER SAID corruption in the government will be swept in two to three years must be dreaming. Not even with […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsNov 5th, 2018

PNP: One more martial law extension for Mindanao

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) supports extending martial law in Mindanao , its chief Director General Oscar Albayalde announced on Monday, November 5. "If they ask the opinion of the PNP, if ever that they will ask for the agency's position, we will support the extension, especially with the incoming ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 5th, 2018

Trump, Obama tout clashing visions of U.S. as elections near

WASHINGTON— Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Barack Obama made dueling election appearances on Sunday, offering sharply different views on the country’s problems but agreeing on the high stakes for voters in the final 48 hours of a tight campaign. With opinion polls showing dozens of tight U.S. congressional and gubernatorial races in Tuesday’s election, the […] The post Trump, Obama tout clashing visions of U.S. as elections near appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsNov 5th, 2018

Bishop on cemetery trash: Why litter a sacred place?

Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David lamented the mounds of trash left by cemetery visitors this All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 4th, 2018

Bishop on cemetery trash: Why litter a sacred place?

Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David lamented the mounds of trash left by cemetery visitors this All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days. Source link link: Bishop on cemetery trash: Why litter a sacred place?.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2018

All life is sacred

FR. SHAY CULLEN, SSC Unless we take a stand for life, death will overwhelm us. That is the challenge that greets every one of us that has seen someone that we cared about and loved pass from this life. It is the memory of those persons that draws us back to the places where we… link: All life is sacred.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2018

[OPINION] What the ICC withdrawal is all about

  Something has been bothering me about the discussions going on about Rodrigo Duterte’s withdrawal from the Rome Statute .  For a long while, I could not point my finger on it.  Something just seemed…off.   It wasn’t until a couple of weeks ago, when I received letters from a group of 9th ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2018

[OPINION] When the opposition says it will tap volunteers

The opposition coalition led by the Liberal Party is going to rely on volunteers to do its campaign . The organization and many of its candidates don’t have decent kitties – “walang pera” was the phrase Vice President Leni Robredo used.   On the sidelines of an event in Legazpi City on ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2018

Faithful urged: Keep cemeteries sacred

Two Catholic bishops reminded the public yesterday to avoid karaoke sessions and littering during All Saints’ Day today and All Souls’ Day tomorrow, noting that these are religious activities that must be observed solemnly......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 31st, 2018