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DU30’s 2nd SONA

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte, whose six-year presidency ends at 12 noon on June 30, 2022, delivers his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) tomorrow, with many of his visions taking shape. In this year’s SONA before members of the…

Let ’em in

We have not only kept intruders away from our own backyard; we have fenced it in just to be sure they stay out. Still, we have not found the solution to the problem within our territory. Perhaps the remedy lies…

A priority measure

THE proposed legislation is supposed to help achieve peace and end terrorism in impoverished Mindanao, where government troops have been battling various armed groups for decades now. With lasting peace, the government, through concerned offices and agencies, hopes to speed…

Palace wish, House command?

No, we don’t have a rubber stamp or subservient Congress. Just a discerning chamber. True, Congress plays a historical role as a counterweight and a check on Executive excess or shortfall, but it doesn’t mean it can’t agree with the…

Narco-politicians

HIGHLY-enterprising narco-politicians in Mindanao, who reportedly prey on innocent people, are on the run because of the imposition of martial law in the poverty-stricken region. Admittedly, President Duterte’s decision to declare a Mindanao-wide martial law last May 23 literally forced…

60 more days, please

The reason it has to stay in place is quite obvious, plain, and clear as daylight. The turmoil is not over. Eventhough state security forces are at the tail-end of their campaign against the murderous Maute Group, they are still…

Wildlife trafficking

“ENVIRONMENTAL terrorism,” more popularly known as “wildlife trafficking,” is something well-meaning people in this manpower-exporting but poverty-stricken nation will never, never tolerate. In fact, a leading member of the House of Representatives has called on the Department of Environment and…

Restore death penalty

THE two-chamber Congress would do well now to restore the death penalty in the Philippines, which is still teeming with prohibited drugs, particularly shabu and marijuana, pushers and users. This despite the fact that since he assumed the top political…

Vital legislation

A PROPOSED legislation that reflects the concern over the welfare of the country’s millions of senior citizens is pending consideration in the House of Representatives. House Bill (HB) No. 809, authored by articulate Ako Bicol party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe, seeks…

New housing czar

AFTER President Rodrigo R. Duterte completed the first lap of his six-year presidency, people now want a national consensus on the best practical solution to growing homelessness in the Philippines. Of course, Filipinos expect the government to come up with…

Drive vs cybercrimes

THOUGH the Philippine National Police (PNP) has set up its own Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG), cybercriminals, including illegal gamblers, continue to victimize more and more people. This, of course, is attributed by well-meaning quarters to the lack of financial, manpower and…

Turkish terror threat

Terror or the threat of terrorism can come from the most unexpected places. Turkey is a modern and moderate Islamic state. Social and religious tolerance set it apart from other Muslim countries. This is mainly because of its unique geographic…

A welcome news

UNKNOWN to many, the Philippines, an impoverished nation of more than 100 million people, has exported 13.5 metric tons (MT) of premium rice to the United States (US) and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Of the total, 10MT went to…

Abomination

What is worse than terrorism? It is arming children and sending them off to wage a campaign of terror. It is bad enough that the Maute group has absolutely no moral and religious basis for laying siege on Marawi City;…

Respect for religion

It takes “wisdom of the ages”. Cultural sensitivity and religious tolerance come from the most unexpected people. Catholic leaders are serious in their charity work. They have a term for it—“preferential option” for the poor, the sick, the elderly, and…
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