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Illegal gambling

THE government-run Small Town Lottery (STL) is supposed to kill or stop illegal gambling in the Philippines, particularly in the countryside where majority of the poor work and live. But it is certainly disheartening to note that the Philippine Charity…

Scalawag cops

ALTHOUGH there are scalawags in the Philippine National Police (PNP), the public still believes that the men and women in uniform are capable of regaining the people’s trust and confidence. In fact, the current leadership of the PNP, headed by…

Letting off steam

Now that both sides have spoken their minds for or against the Duterte administration, it is time to get back into the groove and move ahead. Venting outrage and frustration over issues impacting the welfare of citizens is a healthy…

Jailed OFWs

DISTURBING and saddening are reports that at least 3,827 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are languishing in jails in 52 countries and territories across the world, with 130 awaiting execution. But citing a Department of Foreign Affairs’ report, Senate President Pro-Tempore…

Inclusive broadcasting

A truly inclusive society must have one in place. That is, if the social goal is to leave no one behind. In the first place, there is already a law mandating it. And the implementing rules and regulations have already…

Post-war boom

War is costly, but peace offers greater dividends. Reconstruction and rehabilitation after an armed conflict always usher in an unbridled economic expansion in what used to be conflict areas and their surroundings. Demand for basic services like food, water, housing,…

Access to cop blotters

IT is certainly reassuring to note that contrary to reports, the country’s working print and broadcast journalists, particularly police beat reporters, are not prohibited from accessing police spot reports. However, the Philippine National Police (PNP) was quick to explain that…

Long overdue

THE Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) is the lead government agency tasked to promote the welfare of the millions of Filipinos, mostly domestic helpers and nurses, working abroad. Unlike other state offices, OWWA, for almost four decades, operated without receiving…

Skills training

WITH the success of the government’s skills training program, providing the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) with additional manpower and financial resources deserves some serious thought. It was not too long ago that many quarters, including employers, trumpeted…

Undergraduate cops?

THE heroism, dedication, honesty and integrity of college undergraduates cannot be underestimated in the Philippines, which is teeming with highly-educated corrupt men and women in state uniform. And people cannot understand why even an elementary school dropout may run for…

Not a serene prospect

Lawmakers have moved to impeach the Supreme Court Chief Justice. They are well within their powers to do so. No less than the Constitution prescribes the procedures for initiating impeachment procedures against covered officials, mostly independent separate, and with original…

Gift checks

THE House of Representatives has passed on third and final reading a proposed law that seeks to give more benefits to the consuming public as part of government efforts to propel economic growth. House Bill (HB) No. 6016, principally authored…

Police training

IT’s certainly one of the cruelest ironies of our time that the 175,000-strong Philippine National Police (PNP), the country’s premier law enforcement agency which is civilian in nature but national in scope, does not train its future officers and men.…

Indomitable facts

Facts are sacred. You can’t fight them and expect to win. In light of the centennial of the birth of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos this week, it is gainful, instructive to take a second look at his body of…

Drug-using kids

UNKNOWN to many, parents or guardians are liable for contempt by the court and face imprisonment if they fail to send their drug-dependent children to rehabilitation centers. Republic Act (RA) No. 9165 clearly defines the liability of a parent or…
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