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Reassurance

CONTRARY to some allegations, the government of tough-talking President Rodrigo R. Duterte has not adopted a policy of hatred against members of the clergy. In fact, Duterte, who is known for roundly criticizing the misdeeds of some religious leaders, said…

Can he get away?

Is he the one bound to evade doing time behind bars. We pose the question because we sent two previous Presidents behind bars for high crimes and other major offenses. Historically, retired Presidents enjoy pensioned lifestyle after serving there full…

Stop it!

DON’T look now, but the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has cited the Philippine National Police (PNP) for scrapping the “firing squad” or “firing line” presentation of arrested crime offenders to the media. Quickly, the commission, acknowledged as one of…

Job opportunities

MILLIONS of jobless and underemployed Filipinos continue to pin their hopes on the “Build, Build, Build” program of the Duterte administration, which begins its third year in office on June 30. The unprecedented infrastructure campaign of the government is seen…

Silent, unsung heroes

In these challenging times and fast-changing world our diplomats play a pivotal role in placing the country in its rightful place in the international community and securing a lofty reputation for Filipinos worldwide. Indeed, the country faces many international challenges…

Fight dengue

IT’s certainly time for local government authorities and the general public to embrace ecological solid waste management (ESWM) as a practical strategy to fight the dreaded dengue. Every year, the disease claims the lives of many people not only in…

Save coral reefs

MILLIONS of people across the globe, including Filipinos, depend on coral reefs for their livelihood. But it is lamentable and saddening that global warming, polluted waters and direct human harm, such as through unethical overfishing, continue to destroy the world’s…

‘Tambays sa kanto’

LIKE in other parts of the world, the Philippines, an impoverished nation of more than 100 million people, is teeming with “tambays sa kanto,” drinking liquor until the wee hours of the morning. To the horror of irate residents and…

Failed policy

History tells us that appeasement does not work. This applies to both aggressors and terrorists alike. During World War II, Britain adopted a policy of appeasement in dealing with Natzi Germany, but it was a monumental failure as the Germans…

Insensitive programming

How does the government express its sentiment on the latest “harassment” by the Chinese Coast Guard of Filipino fishermen in disputed waters off the coast of Zambales recently? By letting the state-owned television station air a grand festival of Chinese…

A welcome development

WITH the still rising number of our countrymen seeking jobs overseas, the government would do well to forcefully address all the concerns of Filipino migrants and their families. This the government, through the two-chamber Congress, will do by hastening the…

PCBs highly toxic

THE EcoWaste Coalition has called on the government to exert more efforts in ensuring that old transformers and capacitors are safely handled, stored and destroyed without resorting to combustion. Leaders of the coalition and other health conscious and well-meaning Filipinos…

Students’ safety

THE Department of Education (DepEd) has reminded school officials across the country to prioritize the safety and well-being of students and pupils during typhoons, floods and other calamities. And with the onset of the rainy season, when powerful typhoons and…

Cancer funds

CANCER remains as a major headache of health authorities not only in impoverished and graft-prone Philippines but also in other parts of the world, claiming the lives of so many people every year. No less than the chairman of the…

Concern for OFWs

THE government, through the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), continues to be responsive to the mushrooming needs of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) across the world. Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano, a former member of the Philippine Senate, issued…
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