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The long nightmare for German nationals Stefan Viktor Okonek and Henrike Dielen, which began when they were abducted by Abu Sayyaf bandits in the waters between the Philippines and Malaysia last April, is finally over. They were released on Friday night, and found walking outside the town of Patikul, on Jolo island.

Posted: October 20th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

Fallout from a tragedy

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Last week two German hostages being held by the Abu Sayyaf since April were released after full payment of a P250-million ransom demand. This according to Abu Sayyaf sources.

Posted: October 20th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Fatal encounter: Jennifer meets US Marine Corps

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As I peered at Jennifer Laude’s serene face in the open casket, I saw the wound on her forehead that was barely concealed by the mortician’s make up.

Posted: October 20th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

The quotable Pope: 7 ‘astonishing’ statements

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Reading various interviews that Pope Francis has granted since at least 2009 (when he was still archbishop of Buenos Aires), I have realized that behind the pastor with the common touch is a priest of deep culture and massive learning. Three sets of interviews, in particular, reveal a man with a sure sense of self and a certain, expressive, style.

Posted: October 14th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Meanwhile in HK, a (paltry) raise in pay

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Amid the demonstrations in Hong Kong by citizens enraged by China’s policy on universal suffrage, the local authorities had the time to announce a raise of HK$100 in the wage for foreign domestic workers.

Posted: October 13th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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