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Judges-at-large

THE House of Representatives hopes to bring an end to the problem of lack of magistrates in the country, notably in the impoverished countryside where majority of the poor live. This the lawmakers will do by creating 150 judges-at-large positions…

A compassionate legislation

IT is too early to say whether Congress is willing to boost accessibility to education of underserved sectors of Philippine society such as out-of-school youths (OSYs) and persons with disability (PWDs). What is certain is that the proposed “Alternative Learning…

PH nurses

AMONG foreign-educated nurses, Filipino “Nightingales,” highly-trained, dependable, workaholic and English-speaking, are still the most persistent jobseekers in the United States. This is not surprising since there is an oversupply of nurses in this impoverished country, forcing many of these professionals…

PNP role models

“YOU are now adequately prepared to enforce the law, prevent crimes and ensure public safety,” thus told Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director-General Oscar D. Albayalde to 76 new police inspectors. Albayalde, a member of Class 1986 of the Philippine…

Bigger HPG?

THERE’s now a snowballing move in Congress to separate the Highway Patrol Group (HPG), the so-called “Guardian of the Highways,” from the 175,000-member Philippine National Police (PNP). Leading the move, which is reportedly aimed at enabling the group to fully…

Undesirable aliens

A YEAR and 11 months after assuming the top political post of the land, hard-hitting President Duterte is still keen on thwarting the entry of undesirable aliens into the Philippines. The Bureau of Immigration (BI), through its alert and eagle-eyed…

Erring public servants

PRESIDENT Duterte has asked two more assistant secretaries to resign or be dismissed from the service due to their alleged involvement in corruption, drawing cheers from the public. The tough-talking Duterte from Davao City in Mindanao is, without doubt, in…

Language teachers

DON’T look now, but the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) needs language teacher/trainers as part of its program to enhance the competitiveness of overseas job applicants. It is hiring English, Arabic, Korean, Mandarin, Chinese, German, Taiwanese, Italian, Spanish,…

Priority measures

THE two-chamber Congress resumed its sessions yesterday, with the 24-member Senate vowing to prioritize the approval of priority bills, including those that seek to improve the quality of life “for all.” In the view of some quarters, one of the…

PH-Kuwait accord

THE Philippines and Kuwait have signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) that seeks to guarantee protection for Filipino household service workers (FHSWs) in the tiny but oil-rich Gulf state. President Duterte okayed the signing of the accord after learning that…

Missile makeover

The country is virtually trading its gun boats for missile frigates. And this would be a game changer for the Philippine Navy whose main onboard weapons are cannons and machine guns as its vessell patrol, guard, and defend the country’s…

Go out and vote

JUST 132 days before the start of the filing of certificates of candidacy (COCs) for the May 2019 elections, the nation goes to the polls anew today to elect new village and youth officials. Although the two elections are non-partisan,…

Free medicines

IT is certainly lamentable that in the Philippines, like other low-income countries, only 33 percent of low-cost, safe and quality essential medicines are available in government-operated hospitals. Citing studies from the World Health Organization (WHO), Quezon City Rep. Alfred Vargas…

Legal attaches

DUBBED as modern-day heroes, millions of Filipinos, many of them women, work in various parts of the world. But it is certainly lamentable that many overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), whose billions of dollar remittances help prop up the still struggling…

A-lister DU30

“World-turner”, yes; strongman, no. President Duterte, like all other leaders can either be visionary world-changers or autocrats who stubbornly cling to their posts and the status quo, depending on who is making the assessment. A liberal news weekly magazine lumped…
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