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Best man for the job

THE appointment of Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) Executive Minister Eduardo V. Manalo as President Duterte’s special envoy for Filipino migrants’ concerns should be welcomed by all sectors of society. Truth is, the INC leader is someone with deep sense of…

‘15-30 cops’

AFTER doubling the monthly pay of the men and women in police uniform, it is definitely time for the government to rid the Philippine National Police (PNP) of “rotten eggs,” including the so-called “15-30 cops.” The PNP leadership, headed by…

No term extension

IT’s no surprise that President Duterte continues to reject the idea of extending his six-year term beyond June 30, 2022 in case the Philippines shifts to the federal system of government. In the view of some quarters, Duterte’s strong opposition…

Tax amnesty

THE Duterte administration needs money to ensure the implementation and completion of priority projects designed to speed up the tempo of the country’s socio-economic development. Admittedly, there are still taxpayers who did not properly declare their assets and incomes, drawing…

Can’t touch her

They were not vested constitutional independence for nothing. And the reason for this is to achieve check and balance among key agencies of the government. Such independence from one another presupposes respect and keeping distance from the other’s affairs. These…

Always accountable

A clear, dividing line separates the two classes of workers. One class has public accountability while the other has none. Therefore, the first must carry a greater burden of responsibility for its action to the people. That’s why they are…

Sleeping, drinking cops

IF the public sees that the men and women in police uniform are doing a great job in serving the people, then it would be much easier for them (cops) to regain the trust and confidence of the citizens. In…

Pro-farmer measure

PRESIDENT Duterte has signed into law a bill that reflects the government’s genuine concern over the welfare of farmers, who comprise the bulk of the nation’s more than 100 million population. A welcome development in this poverty-stricken but natural resources-rich…

No rice shortage

IT is certainly reassuring to note that there’s no rice shortage in the Philippines, a rice-producing Southeast Asian nation of more than 100 million people, as claimed by some quarters. And no less than Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel “Manny” Piñol, a…

Shun rotten eggs

THE presence of corrupt, abusive, incompetent and non-performing barangay officials is one of the biggest reasons why many villages are poor not only in the metropolis but throughout the country. Worse, some barangay authorities are toughies, addicts, protectors of illegal…

School feeding program

THE Senate has approved on third and final reading a proposed legislation institutionalizing the national government’s highly-successful feeding program in public schools across the country. Various quarters, particularly parents and teachers, said the bill reflects the genuine concern over the…

Telcos must tool up

Do they really need to be told or threatened? Telecommunications companies have a contractual obligation to the public to provide quality services under the general terms of congressional franchises granted to them. Of course, quality services would entail a continuing…

Long overdue

DON’T look now, but the country’s overworked public school teachers want members of Congress to use their oversight power to implement the provisions of a law that was enacted way back in 1966. One of the provisions of Republic Act…

Very alarming

IF many of the country’s parents now refuse to have their children vaccinated, blame it on the vaccine phobia gripping the Filipino people brought about by the Dengvaxia controversy. Of course, nobody can blame these worried parents because of fears…

A bitter pill

IT’S certainly heartening to note that the Philippines, which is waging an all-out war against graft and corruption, is acknowledged as No. 1 in Asia when it comes to budget transparency. In the 2017 Open Budget Survey (OBS), the country…
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