The Season of LENT: time to pause, ponder and pray

Our Christian teachings have taught us about the 40-day fasting and prayer time known as Lent. Early Christians, according to some theology mentors, fasted from food for theological purposes, as do the three Abrahamic faiths: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Refraining from eating is related to an increased emphasis on prayer and the tradition of helping …

Task Force Davao requires removal of face masks at entry points

Davao City — The recent spate of terrorist bombings in Jolo last 24 August 2020 has brought heightened alert nationwide, as TF Davao implements additional security measures at all entry points in Davao City to deter or pre-empt any terrorist plan in the city. In a press statement released by Task Force Davao, it said …

Poverty pandemic at the time of Covid-19

Davao City — As the novel coronavirus outbreak placed millions under lockdowns and ravaged the country’s economy, a survey from the Social Weather Station (SWS) noted that the number of Filipino families who experienced hunger nearly doubled the first quarter of the current year. The survey of 4,010 working-age Filipinos showed that 16.7%, which translates …

Rappler CEO Ressa and Santos, convicted of cyber libel

DAVAO CITY — TIME Magazine’s 2018 Person of the Year awardee and a former researcher-writer Rey Santos, Jr. were handed the first verdict on the many court cases lodged against Rappler. Manila RTC Judge Rainelda Estacio Montesa convicted Maria Ressa and Santos, Jr. of cyber libel, and sentenced them to jail for 6 months and …