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Political reforms

EVERYBODY knows that before he leaves Malacañang on June 30, 2022, President Rodrigo R. Duterte wants to change the country’s form of government from presidential to federal system. But for the proposed shift to federalism to succeed, Senate President Aquilino…

Arrogant airlines

Congressional franchises are granted to service providers in the interest of public convenience, safety and facility. It is more a privilege rather than a right. Since it is a grant by representatives of the people, it can be taken away…

‘Reasonable’ compromise

Compromise is not a dirty word. In fact, it can be a “win-win” formula for the settlement of a dispute where two or more sides can demand and yield concessions. It is the goal of litigation. The good thing about…

Let’s implement LAL

THE government, through the Department of Finance (DOF), is being called upon to now strictly implement a landmark law that seeks to boost the performance of the country’s revenue-generating agencies. Philippine Constitution Association (Philconsa) President Martin G. Romualdez, a lawyer…

PCSO’s ‘rescue vehicles’

THE Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) has shown that it is out to address the lack of ambulances in various parts of the country, particularly in far-flung communities. This it will do by acquiring four-wheel drive ambulances similar to the…

Jail congestion

IF many detention facilities of the Philippine National Police (PNP) are congested today, blame it partly on the success of the Duterte administration’s anti-illegal drugs campaign. Since July 1 last year, operatives of the 160,000-strong PNP, which is civilian in…

‘Global Mosquito Alert’

THE United Nations (UN) has launched a “Global Mosquito Alert’ aimed at strengthening the fight against mosquito-borne diseases that continue to terrorize people across the globe. Mandated to track down and control the vector responsible for close to 2.7 million…

Duterte’s promises

PRESIDENT Duterte has shown that he is out to fulfill his election promises, notably those against illegal drugs, corruption and crime, before his six-year presidency ends in June 2022. Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella said the impact of Duterte’s focus on…

Senate soars

The guy has every right to be happy and proud. He has skillfully steered the Senate along an independent path while keeping sight of its mandate and mission to serve the people while partnering with the Executive and its other…

‘Distracted driving’

A NEW law that reflects the concern over the welfare of the commuting public, notably motorists, passengers and pedestrians, will be strictly implemented starting Thursday (May 18). To be implemented by the Land Transportation Office (LTO), Republic Act (RA) No.…

Nat’l ID oversight

For something that is potentially invasive and, therefore, in violation of individual privacy rights, the proposed National Identification System must be thoroughly and serially vetted. We have long held the belief that there is generally nothing to fear about a…

A vital legislation

THERE’s a snowballing move in Congress to adjust the compulsory retirement age for the country’s uniformed men and women, including police and military personnel, from 56 to 60 years old. Admittedly, the move, spearheaded by Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, is…

Collateral impact

If there is a law on unintended consequences, then the rulings of the highest court in the land can reasonably be expected to have their own “collateral effect”. These are basically unwanted legal impacts on issues and subjects remotely related…

Overloaded PUVs

THROUGHOUT the year, road mishaps involving overloaded public utility vehicles (PUVs) claim the lives of many people across the country, particularly in mountainous areas. Certainly, this is lamentable, disturbing, saddening and revolting to the senses because there’s a law and…

Drug evidence

IT is reassuring to note that all pieces of confiscated drug evidence are preserved at the depository room of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Crime Laboratory in Camp Crame, Quezon City. An official of the PNP Crime Lab, Supt. Victor…
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