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A drug-free asean

Cleaning up your own backyard is just fine. But the entire neighborhood block should be squeaky clean as well. Otherwise, your efforts would be all in vain. This is because what is ailing your neighborhood could spill over into your…

Rouge cops

WHILE the crusading Duterte administration goes after drug manufacturers, pushers and users, corrupt government officials and criminals, it also hits hard at rogues in police uniform. In fact, an elite task force, composed of incorruptible officers and men of the…

‘Surprise gift’

THE country marks “Labor Day” on Monday, May 1, with a “surprise gift” awaiting the Filipino workingman. Secretary Silvestre “Bebot” Bello III of the Department of Labor and Employment said President Duterte has a “surprise gift” for the working class,…

CCT program

THE lack of a law institutionalizing the conditional cash transfer (CCT) program is already raising concern among beneficiaries not only in the poverty-stricken countryside but elsewhere. Without this legislation, the government or even the next administration may opt to stop…

Drug rehab centers

THE total war against shabu and other prohibited drugs can only gain some meaning if enough drug rehabilitation centers are set up nationwide. This is to bolster the national government’s anti-illegal drugs campaign, which has claimed the lives of many…

Restoring ROTC

All self-respecting nations have mandatory military training for its young citizens. From a regional military power to the smallest island-state they all have one. And when you look at Israel, South Korea, and tiny Singapore, they all have one thing…

US-PH partnership

THE recent inauguration of United States-constructed classrooms and a livelihood training center in Leyte is ample proof of the continued strong partnership of the US and the Philippine government. No less than former Leyte 1st District Rep. Martin G. Romualdez…

Gambling in EPZs

Pray tell us, how can gambling in any form be morally justified inside a strictly economic zone where businesses specifically locate for export operations? The only reasons or excuses we can think of are legal loopholes and other accommodation clauses…

A gentle reminder

THE Social Security System (SSS) has launched a nationwide program aimed at strengthening its campaign against delinquent employers from Batanes in the North to Sulu in Mindanao. It wants to drill awareness among the country’s employers and employees of their…

Symbolic assertion

What’s the big deal? The guy is the country’s top military official. His job is to preserve the territorial integrity of the country and protect it from all forms of threat—foreign and domestic. So he flew and landed on one…

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…
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