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Gambling in EPZs

Pray tell us, how can gambling in any form be morally justified inside a strictly economic zone where businesses specifically locate for export operations? The only reasons or excuses we can think of are legal loopholes and other accommodation clauses…

A gentle reminder

THE Social Security System (SSS) has launched a nationwide program aimed at strengthening its campaign against delinquent employers from Batanes in the North to Sulu in Mindanao. It wants to drill awareness among the country’s employers and employees of their…

Symbolic assertion

What’s the big deal? The guy is the country’s top military official. His job is to preserve the territorial integrity of the country and protect it from all forms of threat—foreign and domestic. So he flew and landed on one…

Tech-driven mining

IT is something that should not be ignored nor forgotten in the promotion of responsible mining in this mineral-rich Southeast Asian nation of election-crazy people. Various quarters said it is the close partnership between the government and mining companies in…

Free dialysis treatment

IF many kidney patients continue to die without undergoing dialysis treatment in this manpower-exporting nation, blame it partly on the “high cost” of the procedure. That’s why Sen. Sonny Angara wants to institutionalize “free” dialysis treatment for poor kidney patients…

Decorating DU30

“The State does not decorate itself,” French President Charles de Gaulle famously said. But the President is not only the head of State. He is also the Chief Executive and head of the Cabinet, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. These…

No to toilet fees

DON’T look now, but a member of the House of Representatives wants to criminalize the charging of fees for the use of toilets in public and commercial spaces across the country. We cannot overemphasize the importance of promoting and providing…

PRC: 70 years of providing humanitarian service

THE Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has always been there in our midst whenever we are in dire straits. In every emergency situation, calamity or armed conflict, you can be certain that help is coming your way through the millions of…

Illegal recruiters

THE recent arrest of 15 suspected large-scale illegal recruiters should be welcomed by all sectors of society, particularly the millions of jobseekers in various parts of the country. Of course, we cannot help but feel that some people are still…

Muslim military unit

“The Armed Forces are the protectors of the people.” This is a basic constitutional declaration. But people also make up the officer corps and personnel of the AFP. Needless to say, they come from all classes or kinds based on…

New era for OFWs

SINCE taking his oath of office at 12 noon on June 30, 2016, President Rodrigo R. Duterte has been promising a new era for the country’s overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). In fact, observers now see moves indicating the crafting and…

Gov’t projects

ALMOST 10 months after assuming the highest political post of the land, President Duterte remains committed to addressing the Filipino people’s most urgent concerns. The national concerns include increasing the pay of workers, both in the government and private sector,…

Purchasing blunder?

If a communication system is good enough for the protectors of the President, shouldn’t it also be good enough for the defenders of the citizens and the keepers of peace and order? And what if the same system is generally…

Earthquake preparedness

PEOPLE never know when an earthquake strikes, but they should familiarize themselves with safety and disaster preparedness measures. Renewing her call for “heightened” earthquake preparedness, Senator Loren Legarda, an environmentalist, said that the “key to effective disaster prevention is planning.”…

Vet entitlements

The guy is right in ordering the rush. This is because the intended beneficiaries of the presidential order are racing against time. If the surviving veterans of World War II who fought the Japanese were in their 20s or 30s…
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