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Need for FOI program

IT is said that concerned government authorities find it hard to eradicate graft and corruption without ensuring accountability in public service through an informed citizenry. That’s why the Senate and the House of Representatives ought to speed up the passage…

Halting health hazard

There is no going around it: If it is bad for the people, then it has to go. Public health and safety require it. It is a basic obligation of the State to its citizens---promote the general welfare. Quite fortunately,…

Pro-people budget

IT is certainly reassuring to note that next year’s proposed national budget, which is pending consideration in the powerful bicameral conference committee, is pro-poor and needs-based. And in scrutinizing every item, Senator Loren Legarda, chairman of the Senate committee on…

Medical scholarship

MANY Filipinos still die without seeing a medical doctor due to grinding poverty and lack of physicians in the Philippines, particularly in the countryside where majority of the poor live. Today, the least one can do is just hope that…

Charter change

WITH Congress teeming with pro-administration lawmakers, particularly in the House of Representatives, the Charter-change (Cha-cha) train is expected to choo-choo early next year. In fact, House Speaker Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez, a Mindanaoan like President Rodrigo R. Duterte, now wants Congress…

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…
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