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Access to cop blotters

IT is certainly reassuring to note that contrary to reports, the country’s working print and broadcast journalists, particularly police beat reporters, are not prohibited from accessing police spot reports. However, the Philippine National Police (PNP) was quick to explain that…

Long overdue

THE Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) is the lead government agency tasked to promote the welfare of the millions of Filipinos, mostly domestic helpers and nurses, working abroad. Unlike other state offices, OWWA, for almost four decades, operated without receiving…

Skills training

WITH the success of the government’s skills training program, providing the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) with additional manpower and financial resources deserves some serious thought. It was not too long ago that many quarters, including employers, trumpeted…

Undergraduate cops?

THE heroism, dedication, honesty and integrity of college undergraduates cannot be underestimated in the Philippines, which is teeming with highly-educated corrupt men and women in state uniform. And people cannot understand why even an elementary school dropout may run for…

Not a serene prospect

Lawmakers have moved to impeach the Supreme Court Chief Justice. They are well within their powers to do so. No less than the Constitution prescribes the procedures for initiating impeachment procedures against covered officials, mostly independent separate, and with original…

Gift checks

THE House of Representatives has passed on third and final reading a proposed law that seeks to give more benefits to the consuming public as part of government efforts to propel economic growth. House Bill (HB) No. 6016, principally authored…

Police training

IT’s certainly one of the cruelest ironies of our time that the 175,000-strong Philippine National Police (PNP), the country’s premier law enforcement agency which is civilian in nature but national in scope, does not train its future officers and men.…

Indomitable facts

Facts are sacred. You can’t fight them and expect to win. In light of the centennial of the birth of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos this week, it is gainful, instructive to take a second look at his body of…

Drug-using kids

UNKNOWN to many, parents or guardians are liable for contempt by the court and face imprisonment if they fail to send their drug-dependent children to rehabilitation centers. Republic Act (RA) No. 9165 clearly defines the liability of a parent or…

Sterling public servants

They are the best and the brightest, the cream of the crop, top of the line. And they deserve nothing but the accolade, gratitude, and pride of the people they serve. Their exemplary service to the nation should not go…

PH-US ties

WITH President Duterte in Malacañang, the government is keen on slaying the dreaded “drug monster,” acknowledged as one of the country’s top enemies, which continues to victimize the people. Thus, Filipinos should welcome the plans of the Philippines and the…

Let’s protect minors

THERE are some good lessons that can be learned from the numerous cases of gruesome deaths of children in various parts of this graft-prone and poverty-stricken nation. No less than Senator Grace Poe has called for the speedy resolution of…

Pro-poor programs

THE Philippines is projected to be one of the fastest rising economies in Asia, with 6.4 percent growth rate in the first quarter of 2017, accelerating to 6.5 percent in the second quarter. But no less than the National Economic…

Saluting PH teachers

LIKE other well-meaning Filipinos, we doff our hats to the country’s teachers who, together with the millions of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), are among the so-called modern-day heroes. In fact, these overworked but underpaid professionals have remained steadfast and resolute…

Misusing impeachment

Can’t be arbitrary, capricious or whimsical. In fact, it is a serious, concerted, and costly political exercise. And it takes tremendous political will among those tasked to undertake it. Thus, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines has called on lawmakers…
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