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Timely call

PRESIDENT Duterte’s call for national unity is a timely and welcome development as he exerts his best efforts to address all the problems confronting the country and the Filipino people. In a “reconciliatory” move, Duterte urged everyone, including his political…

Multi-tasking tool

Taxation is not only a tool for government revenue generation. It can also be an instrument to attain public policy and social goals. In the sense, tax policy is a double—edge sword for multi-tasking. For instance, a task hike on…

Need to stop terrorism

DOUBTLESS, it is a long road to lasting peace, but the extension of martial law in Mindanao is seen to address the continued threats of terrorism in the impoverished region. Voting 240-27, the two-chamber Congress, in a joint session, approved…

A good news

RETIREE-pensioners of the Social Security System (SSS) are no longer required to report to the agency for the six-year-old Annual Confirmation of Pensioners Program (ACOP). Instead, the SSS, led by president and chief executive officer Emmanuel F. Dooc, is conducting…

Sympathetic House

Just look at those who are opposed to martial law in Mindanao---the Opposition, the militant Left, human rights crybabies, communist rebels, and other local insurgent groups. Quite curiously, most of them who are extremely out spoken against ML extension in…

Uplifting people’s lives

UNDOUBTEDLY, it is the task of government authorities to uplift the lives of the people, especially the poor, who comprise the bulk of the population, marginalized and vulnerable. But it is with some irony that some government officials still use…

Faster gov’t transactions

DON’T look now, but starting next year, securing documents from eight government agencies, including the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), will be easier and faster. This after the launching of “Zip Lane,” a one-stop online government transaction center to be…

Bangsamoro bills

ADMITTEDLY, the national government, through the 24-member Senate and the House of Representatives, has an unfinished business with the suffering people of poverty-stricken Mindanao. As promised by then presidential bet Rodrigo R. Duterte during the 2016 poll campaign period, the…

World-class workers

HIGHLY-trained, dependable, competent and honest, Filipino workers, particularly nurses and other healthcare professionals, are still in great demand in various parts of the world. It is no surprising, therefore, that the Libyan government, citing humanitarian reasons, has called on the…

Do biz, dine in PH

If it comes from the highest official in the land, a declaration or pronouncement is virtually iron clad. It is almost a sovereign guarantee. And since the statement is addressed to the foreign community, the President’s word is the ultimate…

Dealing with duplicity

It is one step closer to a leaner and meaner government. Duplicity or redundancy is a major unnecessary government cost item. And yet it is avoidable---it only takes political will to do it. Quite thankfully, Congress has mustered the resolve…

Need for FOI program

IT is said that concerned government authorities find it hard to eradicate graft and corruption without ensuring accountability in public service through an informed citizenry. That’s why the Senate and the House of Representatives ought to speed up the passage…

Halting health hazard

There is no going around it: If it is bad for the people, then it has to go. Public health and safety require it. It is a basic obligation of the State to its citizens---promote the general welfare. Quite fortunately,…

Pro-people budget

IT is certainly reassuring to note that next year’s proposed national budget, which is pending consideration in the powerful bicameral conference committee, is pro-poor and needs-based. And in scrutinizing every item, Senator Loren Legarda, chairman of the Senate committee on…

Medical scholarship

MANY Filipinos still die without seeing a medical doctor due to grinding poverty and lack of physicians in the Philippines, particularly in the countryside where majority of the poor live. Today, the least one can do is just hope that…
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