New Year

Duterte-New-Year-2018

PerryScope By Perry Diaz If I were President Rodrigo Duterte, this would be my New Year’s Resolution for 2018: My fellow countrymen: First of all, I’d like to congratulate myself for surviving a tumultuous 2017. I feel that I have been blessed for being able to keep our country safe from the drug menace. Not that I have eradicated this social disease, but because there Read More …

"Hope for the Filipinos" (Credit: Bernadette Jumpalad)

ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas It should not surprise us anymore that despite the difficulties and corruption scandals of the past year, the Filipinos would remain as optimistic as ever of the coming year. Year after year, hope springs eternal for Filipinos as shown by surveys in the last few years. The surveys last year by both Pulse Asia and the Social Weather Read More …

New-Year-2014

POSTSCRIPT By Federico D. Pascual JR. The Philippine Star THROW THE TRASH: Before a new year slips in at midnight, we still have time to dispose of last year’s garbage, especially the psychological trash weighing down heavily on our minds. Sorting out personal problems, you will discover that except for physical difficulties and survival issues, many of our worries are only in the mind. Many Read More …

Stephanie Nicole Ella was an outstanding pupil with at least 12 medals from pre-school to first grade. (ERNIE PEÑAREDONDO)

Source: The Philippine Star MANILA, Philippines – The death of a girl hit by celebratory gunfire on New Year’s Eve sparked calls yesterday for stricter gun controls in the country, where unlicensed weapons are widely blamed for rampant violence. Stephanie Nicole Ella, aged seven, died Wednesday from a gunshot wound to the head, triggering outrage and condemnation of poor law enforcement that allows hundreds of Read More …

Photo taken Jan. 1, 2013 shows a paramedic carrying seven-year-old Stephanie Nicole Ella at the East Avenue Medical Center in Quezon City after she was hit in the head by a stray bullet. Inset shows Nicole’s schoolmates marching from the Tala Elementary School to her house in Caloocan City yesterday. (AP/ERNIE PEÑAREDONDO)

Source: The Philippine Star MANILA, Philippines – Classes in the new year opened yesterday with a seat in Grade One, Section One-Camia at the Tala Elementary School in Caloocan conspicuously empty. The seat was assigned to seven-year-old Stephanie Nicole Ella, who succumbed the other day to injury from a stray bullet that struck her head as she was watching the fireworks on New Year’s Eve. Read More …

Automatic.45

COMMONSENSE By Marichu A. Villanueva The Philippine Star  The bullet that cut short the life of seven-year-old Stephanie Nicole Ella was traced to a .45 caliber pistol that was fired during the New Year’s eve celebration. The young girl was merely watching the fireworks from the supposed safe spot outside their house when the bullet pierced her head and got embedded below her right eye. Read More …

New-Year

Glimpses By Jose Ma. Montelibano We begin the new year with a mixed bag of goodies and booby traps. And, hey, before you raise your eyebrows too quickly and too high, this is a good place to start. Before, we just came from booby trap to booby trap – in all nine years of Gloria. When did we ever begin a new year with our Read More …

New-Year-Philippines

AS I WRECK THIS CHAIR By William M. Esposo The Philippine Star  Only the most negative gainsayers would still assert that our country has not moved forward under President Benigno S. Aquino III (P-Noy). If they can lie to you, then they can easily delude themselves — and they’ve been doing that. Listen to the gainsayers and you’ll wallow in despair instead of revel in Read More …

New-Year-2013

Plumbline By Pastor Apollo Quiboloy  Manila Standard Today As we go to print, many Filipinos have already ticked off their “list” of things that they would do and abandon in 2013. Some of it would be cleverly rehashed while the rest would be in original rendition to reflect the list-maker’s changing priorities and outlook. Those who still feel poor would vow to work harder. Those Read More …

By Fr. Shay Cullen (His columns are published in The Manila Times, in publications in Ireland, the UK, Hong Kong, and on-line) The year 2011 is passing and it’s a good time for us to ask ourselves what we did in 2011 to make a difference for the good in the life of even one person. Mindful that our life is quickly passing us by, Read More …