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Climate change

EDUCATING and empowering local communities to take immediate action on the negative effects of climate change now deserve serious thought considering the worsening of the global problem. Thus, we commend two state agencies for signing an agreement for the implementation…

Help poor families

VARIOUS quarters support a move in Congress to help the poor cope with increases in price of essential commodities when the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Act takes effect. This after the 24-member Upper Chamber of Congress passed…

More inclusive BBL

PRESIDENT Duterte completed yesterday the first 17 months of his six-year presidency, which ends on June 30, 2022, without any sign of backing off from his campaign promises. Despite the problems confronting the country and the Filipino people, some of…

Rogues in uniform

DON’T look now, but the chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Director-General Ronald “Bato” M. dela Rosa, is prepared to lead a vigilante group after his retirement in January next year. The vigilantes will hunt down rogue police officers…

Prosecution aid

If justice delayed is justice denied, then all available systems and procedures must be put in place to speed up the resolution of cases. The backlog of cases still pending before the courts in this country is legendary. That’s why…

VAT reduction

HIS bold proposal to reduce the value-added tax (VAT) from 12 percent to 10 percent offers ample proof that Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson is pro-poor and sensitive to public opinion. Doubtless, democracy flourishes when the interest and welfare of the…

They won’t mind

Do we really have to debate who should take the lead role in the war against illegal drugs? Would it matter to those who is stand to benefit from it? The illegal drug trade is a serious crime which any…

Power system loss

THERE’s now a snowballing move in the House of Representatives to remove the highly-controversial system loss charges in the monthly electric bills of consumers in the Philippines. In fact, the House committee on justice, chaired by Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan…

Violence vs women

THERE is no question that more and more Filipino women now occupy vital and key positions in the government service and private sector in various parts of this poverty-stricken Southeast Asian nation. But it is lamentable and saddening that violence…

Erring policemen

IT is certainly heartening to note that the people see the ongoing massive internal cleansing program of the Philippine National Police (PNP) as worth “supporting and defending”. Thus, it is incumbent on the leadership of the 175,000-strong agency, headed by…

Climate change

WITH the worsening of global warming, the ongoing efforts to update the government’s National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP) should be welcomed by all sectors of Philippine society. The multi-pronged NCCAP is a comprehensive action plan outlining the country’s agenda…

Red talks cut

Like anyone else, the guy could only take so much. He simply had enough. He may be a declared socialist, and he even took some leftist leaders into his Cabinet, but his patience gradually wore thin and eventually ran out.…

Illegal recruitment

THERE’s no question that the national government’s total war against illegal drugs, like shabu and marijuana, graft and corruption and criminality is being waged without fear or favor. And now, concerned government authorities are also hitting hard at illegal recruiters,…

No to parking fees

THE few but powerful oligarchs continue to control the economy and business environment in this impoverished Southeast Asian nation, drawing the ire of not only the poor but also well-meaning government officials. But in the view of many quarters, what…

NPA depredations

When your cause is morally bankrupt and your ideology has been repudiated all over the world, how would your organization and movement be described? And when you persist in mounting ambuscades, assassinations, sabotage, and other violent acts against the state…
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