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Tech-driven mining

IT is something that should not be ignored nor forgotten in the promotion of responsible mining in this mineral-rich Southeast Asian nation of election-crazy people. Various quarters said it is the close partnership between the government and mining companies in…

Free dialysis treatment

IF many kidney patients continue to die without undergoing dialysis treatment in this manpower-exporting nation, blame it partly on the “high cost” of the procedure. That’s why Sen. Sonny Angara wants to institutionalize “free” dialysis treatment for poor kidney patients…

Decorating DU30

“The State does not decorate itself,” French President Charles de Gaulle famously said. But the President is not only the head of State. He is also the Chief Executive and head of the Cabinet, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. These…

No to toilet fees

DON’T look now, but a member of the House of Representatives wants to criminalize the charging of fees for the use of toilets in public and commercial spaces across the country. We cannot overemphasize the importance of promoting and providing…

PRC: 70 years of providing humanitarian service

THE Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has always been there in our midst whenever we are in dire straits. In every emergency situation, calamity or armed conflict, you can be certain that help is coming your way through the millions of…

Illegal recruiters

THE recent arrest of 15 suspected large-scale illegal recruiters should be welcomed by all sectors of society, particularly the millions of jobseekers in various parts of the country. Of course, we cannot help but feel that some people are still…

Muslim military unit

“The Armed Forces are the protectors of the people.” This is a basic constitutional declaration. But people also make up the officer corps and personnel of the AFP. Needless to say, they come from all classes or kinds based on…

New era for OFWs

SINCE taking his oath of office at 12 noon on June 30, 2016, President Rodrigo R. Duterte has been promising a new era for the country’s overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). In fact, observers now see moves indicating the crafting and…

Gov’t projects

ALMOST 10 months after assuming the highest political post of the land, President Duterte remains committed to addressing the Filipino people’s most urgent concerns. The national concerns include increasing the pay of workers, both in the government and private sector,…

Purchasing blunder?

If a communication system is good enough for the protectors of the President, shouldn’t it also be good enough for the defenders of the citizens and the keepers of peace and order? And what if the same system is generally…

Earthquake preparedness

PEOPLE never know when an earthquake strikes, but they should familiarize themselves with safety and disaster preparedness measures. Renewing her call for “heightened” earthquake preparedness, Senator Loren Legarda, an environmentalist, said that the “key to effective disaster prevention is planning.”…

Vet entitlements

The guy is right in ordering the rush. This is because the intended beneficiaries of the presidential order are racing against time. If the surviving veterans of World War II who fought the Japanese were in their 20s or 30s…

PAO-UN accord

UNKNOWN to many, the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) provides free legal representation, assistance and counseling to refugees, asylum-seekers and stateless persons. Since 2013, the growing army of dedicated PAO lawyers, headed by Dr. Persida V. Rueda-Acosta, has been providing free…

Settling in

If an island or any other territory is already occupied and settled in by local inhabitants, the arrival of more settlers should be no big deal. It is simply an exercise of the sovereign rights of citizens with legitimate ownership…

Wipe out ASG

WITH his decision to order the military to finish off the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), President Rodrigo R. Duterte has given his administration another boost in the eyes of the people. The Mindanao-based ASG has remained one of the leading…
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