Reconciling the ireconcilable

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Eighty-three percent of all Filipinos may be Catholics, but that doesn’t mean they vote according to the dictates of Church doctrine, or even on the basis of the candidate’s Church affiliation. This much can be concluded from the results of the more recent Philippine elections for President.
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Arroyo’s U.S. card

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THE drop in President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s approval rating from 51 percent last August to 41 percent this month—her lowest since she assumed the Presidency in 2001—will not necessarily mean that she won’t run in 2004. That much is evident from the statements from Malacanang as well as Mrs. Arroyo’s allies in the House of Representatives.
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With a little help from Bush

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President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s claim that the coming visit of George W. Bush to this country would generate more jobs would have been hilarious. Except that the gains she claims the country will get from the visit are being used to justify the suppression of such rights as free assembly.
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That’s entertainment

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I don’t know know if he has taken a survey on the subject—or even if he was quoted accurately, the media in these parts being prone to putting words in their sources’ mouths—but Senator Joker Arroyo is supposed to have said that “the public is crying for blood” in the “Jose Pidal” expose.
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The only way out is out, but…

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Two years after the September 11 attacks on the United States he is alleged to have masterminded, Osama bin Laden, the world’s most wanted man, is apparently still alive—and from all appearances, reasonably well.

Bin Laden has appeared in another video-tape, most probably authentic, which shows him with another leader of Al Qaeda, Aymanal Zawahiri, unhurriedly walking down mountain trails—probably in an area along the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
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War of the bosses

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There’s a war on, and it’s not just between the government and the various armed groups that have been fighting it for decades. The war is also within the political system—between the administration and what should be its loyal opposition.
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The media in aid of election

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No one from the police or the military is saying exactly what the connection is between the supposedly still brewing attempts to force President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo out of office, and Senator Panfilo Lacson’s claims of corruption and money laundering against Mrs. Arroyo’s husband Jose Miguel. But both Armed Forces and police sources have suggested that there is a connection, and that the people and groups involved include the usual suspects from the opposition.
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