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TWO years after President Duterte assumed the top political post of the land, the public still fears the dreaded “drug monster,” unleashing killer and knockout punches” against the people. This only shows that the Duterte administration, which ends at 12…

Protected areas

THE national government deserves the support of the public as it exerts its best efforts to protect and conserve the remaining exotic plant and animal species throughout the Philippines. President Duterte has signed Republic Act (RA) No. 11038, principally authored…

Price manipulators

IF the cost of sugar is on an upward spiral these days despite efforts by the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) to bolster domestic supply, blame it partly on price manipulators. No less than Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee R. Marcos said…

Human trafficking

DON’T look now, but even the United States concedes that the Philippine government, through the Bureau of Immigration (BI), is winning the war against human trafficking. In fact, BI officials, led by Commissioner Jaime Morente, welcomed the country’s retention of…

Nat’l ID game-changer

WHEN the 24-member Senate and the House of Representatives approved the proposed “National Identification (ID) Act,” they acted in the “best interests” of the Filipino people. Seen as a game-changer in the government’s fight against poverty and criminality, the highly-controversial…

Free WESM operator

Better late than never. Business and industry are better off when the government is out of the action, except as regulator. This is because nothing works better than free market forces at play. On the other hand, rigid state control…

A timely warning

GOVERNORS and mayors run the risk of losing their operational control over the police if they fail or refuse to enforce laws, ordinances and other regulations in their areas of responsibility. In fact, the 175,000-strong Philippine National Police (PNP) is…

Don’t neglect jueteng

Crime never sleeps. That’s why law enforcers must be on the job round the clock. And since all kinds of crime happen all the time, the police must go with all guns blazing against all criminals. To be sure, fighting…

Info drive on federalism

THE government, through concerned state offices and agencies, would do well now to intensify the nationwide information dissemination campaign on the proposed shift to federalism. This after the results of a Social Weather Station survey (SWS) showed that only 25…

Humane facilities

Criminal suspects are put behind bars for committing wrongful and inhuman acts against other people. Jails and prisons are established precisely to isolate them and prevent them from doing more harm to the community. Most of them are suspects and…

Infra projects

PRESIDENT Duterte completes the first two years of his six-year presidency at 12 noon tomorrow, June 30, with many of his infrastructure projects still on the drawing board. The Duterte administration aims to spend some $158 billion over the next…

Seamen’s remittances

THE remittances of Filipino sailors, who are in demand in the world market due to their exceptional skills and good command of the English language, are projected to top the $6-billion mark this year. And note that out of every…

‘Balik Scientist Program’

WITH the insultingly low pay of workers and lack of employment opportunities in the Philippines, “brain drain” remains a major problem in this poverty-stricken nation of English-speaking people. As a result, many of our best professionals, particularly scientists, medical doctors,…

Alarming

ALARMING are reports that there are more minors being arrested by law enforcement authorities, notably the police, in the Metropolitan Manila area for their involvement in illegal drug activities. Despite this, many sectors, including Department of Education (DepEd) officials, are…

Wildlife trafficking

WHILE millions of people wallow in grinding poverty, particularly in the countryside, poachers and wildlife traffickers and their cohorts in government uniform continue to amass wealth. It is certainly lamentable and saddening that impoverished Philippines, a country of more than…
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