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‘Porn websites’

IF child pornography continues to flourish in some parts of the Philippines, blame it partly on the proliferation of “porn websites.” No less than hard-hitting President Rodrigo R. Duterte has deplored the existence of “porn websites,” which are being used…

Data sentinels

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The right to privacy versus the right to know. This is a collision course pitting an unstoppable force and an immovable object. But should there be a convergence point somewhere down the line, privacy must yield to the right of…

‘Pet bills’

CONGRESS resumed session last Monday (January 16), with the Senate pledging to pass 24 “pet bills” before the Lenten break in March. The so-called “pet bills” are actually non-controversial measures of the 24 members of the Upper Chamber of Congress,…

‘Loan sharks’

AS an impoverished nation, the Philippines is teeming with “loan sharks,” who victimize the millions of needy Filipinos. Thus, it is heartening to note that the crusading Duterte administration has directed concerned state authorities to put an end to the…

Missiles, no; boats, yes

The short wish list says it all: the country needs maritime security patrol, not aerial defensive weapons. The list also indicates a non-aggressive national defense posture. And so, President Duterte has declined an offer by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe…

Ecosystem, biodiversity

ALTHOUGH, the Filipino people want the government to develop more world-class tourist spots, they cannot, however, support projects that damage the environment. In fact, the reported plan to put up a Nickelodeon theme park in Coron, Palawan, a crucial habitat…

‘Death stations’

THE filing of a bill in Congress seeking to modernize the health care delivery system is a welcome development in this country, where many public health facilities are considered “death stations.” No less than former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, now a…

Deadbeats and loan sharks

It is simply unconscionable. But more importantly, it is against the law. Private companies have two roles as far as administering social security funds—first, as co-contributors to an employee’s share in the social security fund remitted to the Social Security…

Maternity leave

DON’T look now, but lady solons want Congress to hasten the passage of a bill granting 100-day maternity leave with 30-day extension without pay for employees in the government and private sector. Of course, we agree with the lady lawmakers,…

OFW hospital

IT is now clear that social services, particularly health care, remain beyond the reach of many of our overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their dependents. The existing package of services under the medical care program for OFWs is limited to…

‘Just, fair, logical’

One is not only a lonely number; it is also exclusionist. It leaves parties no other option but to accept a single proposition. Therefore, it is unfair, unjust, and undemocratic. The rule should also apply to legislation. In implementing laws,…

Disturbing development

IT seems that when no one is looking, some foreign nationals in the country go into large-scale importation, manufacture and distribution of shabu and other dangerous drugs. In fact, various quarters, including government drug busters, said that foreigners are greatly…

Long overdue

IT is truly unfortunate that the Philippines, one of the world’s major exporters of quality health professionals, is still teeming with jobless and underemployed registered nurses. What saddens most Filipinos, notably parents, is the fact that other nurses are forced…

Air traffic woes

WELL-meaning government officials have time and again proposed various measures aimed at addressing the country’s seemingly worsening air traffic problems. One of the officials, Ako Bicol party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe, now wants the government to allow private plane owners to…

Air traffic woes

WELL-meaning government officials have time and again proposed various measures aimed at addressing the country’s seemingly worsening air traffic problems. One of the officials, Ako Bicol party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe, now wants the government to allow private plane owners to…
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