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Jail congestion

VARIOUS quarters concede that part of the reason prisoners and detainees stage bloody riots is disgust over alleged poor jail conditions in some detention facilities across the Philippines. Aware of the situation, the national government, through the Bureau of Jail…

Victimized anew

A HOUSE of Representatives panel has uncovered alleged anomalies in the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Typhoon Yolanda-ravaged areas in Eastern Visayas, notably in the Leyte and Samar provinces. Thus, it is only right that all those behind the alleged subhuman…

Organic farming

IT is certainly alarming, worrisome and saddening that farmers continue to use chemical fertilizers and insecticides that damage the soil and crops in this nation of more than 100 million election-crazy people. This prompted Sen. Cynthia A. Villar, chairman of…

Border security

GIVEN the possibility that lawless elements may use the country’s common maritime borders for illegal activities, the Philippines and its neighbors must strengthen and enhance their regional border security. In other words, the Philippines and other member-countries of the Association…

Rail transit blues

Speed, comfort, economy, and safety. These are the basic things commuters demand from those who operate commuter trains. After all, the very idea of a mass transit system is anchored on these four objectives. Indeed the overhead train system in…

Street crimes

THE problem of rising number of street crimes, particularly those committed by motorcycle-riding gunmen, seems like a small matter when compared to drug trafficking and drug abuse. But there’s now that urgent need to step up the tempo of the…

Overfishing

EXPERTS have raised the alarm signals that the country’s seas will become “virtual deserts” by 2050 due to overfishing, according to Sen. Cynthia A. Villar, chair of the Senate committee on agriculture. This is bad news in this impoverished Southeast…

Fighting terrorism

THE liberation of Marawi City in Mindanao has thrust out front the need for stronger international cooperation in the fight against terrorism, undoubtedly one of the world’s major headaches. Various sectors said that the many setbacks suffered by the Islamic…

Peace talks

DON’T look now, but President Rodrigo R. Duterte has offered jobs and houses to members of the New People’s Army (NPA) who lay down their arms and surrender to the authorities. What is significant here is that Duterte made the…

Ecological haven

Considering the rich biodiversity of the more than 7,000 islands comprising the archipelago and the country’s ideal geographic location, it should be no surprise why migratory species flock to our territories. Our coastal areas and wetlands are natural magnets for…

A unique ‘revolution’

MEMBERS of the country’s “working class,” and acknowledged as the creator of wealth in society, Filipino farmers are always at the mercy of moneyed traders and middlemen. It is one of the cruelest ironies of our time that farmers should…

PN shines in land war

It used to be the most formidable, fearsome naval force in Southeast Asia. But decades of budgetary constraints and shift in military policy left the Philippine Navy at the tail end of the regional naval modernization race. The government is…

P5B for SCPF

LOST amid today’s many controversial issues is news that the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) has contributed P11.5 billion to the government’s Socio-Civic Project’s Fund (SCPF) since 2016. Last October 25, PAGCOR, chaired by former Bureau of Immigration (BI)…

A welcome dev’t

THE Filipino people now see the strengthening of the capacity of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to gather documents and secure witnesses in the conduct of its investigation. This after the House of Representatives approved on second reading a bill…

New DOH secretary

NOBODY was surprised when President Rodrigo R. Duterte announced the appointment of Dr. Francisco Duque III of Pangasinan as the new secretary of the Department of Health (DOH). With Dr. Duque at the helm of the department, the people, particularly…
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