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Use of stolen cars

IT is a truth often told that some erring law enforcement authorities use recovered stolen or impounded motor vehicles. This despite the fact that the 160,000-member Philippine National Police (PNP), which is civilian in nature but national in scope, prohibits…

Absentee voting

ADMITTEDLY, many senior citizens and persons with disability (PWDs) fail to vote during national, local and even barangay elections. Blame this partly on mobility limitations and physical and health conditions of PWDs and the elderly in various parts of the…

Kindness for killers?

Life for those who respect life. Those who do not deserve neither respect nor life. This ancient law has both biblical and other religious roots. A society which does not uphold this old law imperils itself. Quite ironically, the Catholic…

World-class hospital

TODAY, people agree that the 160,000-member Philippine National Police (PNP), the country’s premier law enforcement agency, needs to have a world-class hospital. But considering the national police agency’s limited financial and manpower resources, the question is how to do it…

Water shortage

OVER the years, the Philippines, which is surrounded by water, has seen the increasing number of Filipinos with no access to safe water supply. In fact, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has placed the number of “waterless”…

Undergrads as cops?

THERE’s now a snowballing move in the two-chamber Congress to allow deserving male and female college undergraduates to join the Philippine National Police (PNP). Various quarters concede that as the country’s premier law enforcement agency, the PNP, which is civilian…

Disintegration

What are the telltale signs that exiled communist leaders are losing touch of the realities on the ground and are alienating themselves from their field units? For one, some above-ground leftist leaders are already holding key Cabinet positions in the…

Peace negotiations

“LET’S give peace a chance. We need to make a united stand for us to attain a just, peaceful and lasting solution to the long running armed conflict.” Thus said Leyte 1st District Rep. Yedda Marie Kittilstvedt-Romualdez as she called…

Feuding rich

While the country is trying to decide whether to make peace or war with communists, go after terrorists in Mindanao, sort out the earth quake mess in Surigao, and pursue its campaign against illegal drugs, illegal gambling, and other crimes,…

What green economy?

Do green jobs magically grow at her slightest wish or sheer will? Is the economic landscape so rich or fertile that a single seed of government initiative could generate millions of jobs in so short a time? And we are…

Mine-closure review

It doesn’t make the government weak to admit or acknowledge it had made a colossal blunder or a minor mistake. On the contrary, it reflects both pragmatism and sensitivity to the plight of sectors directly affected by a rush to…

NPA resurgence

AFTER months of “stagnation” a resurgent New People’s Army (NPA) now worries the people, particularly those in the countryside, where majority of the poor live and work. The fear of resurgence of NPA activity is valid following the exchange of…

NPA resurgence

AFTER months of “stagnation,” a resurgent New People’s Army (NPA) now worries the people, particularly those in the countryside, where majority of the poor live and work. The fear of resurgence of NPA activity is valid following the exchange of…

Depressing irony

IT is, without doubt, one of the cruelest ironies of our time that many of the country’s farmers and fishermen, notably those in far-flung communities, often find themselves hungry. Although they are society’s food producers, agricultural workers could barely afford…

New anti-drug body

PEOPLE expect the number of drug pushers and users to decline, mainly because of the war against the “drug monster” and partly as a consequence of the economic hardship. And the creation of a powerful inter-agency committee on illegal drugs…
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