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Anti-drug war

THE total war on illegal drugs continues to take its toll on the 160,000-strong Philippine National Police (PNP), reminding the government that it has unfinished business with the Filipino people. Records show that since July 1, 2016, the bloody war…

Total outrage

It’s reason for being, quite obviously, is public convenience. Given this reality, state approval to operate is almost a foregone conclusion. That’s why the government promptly allowed specialized transport company to operate in the first place. Considering the public need…

Need for drug tests

DUE to the gravity of the problem, the drug menace still worries the government and the Filipino people more than a year after hard-hitting President Duterte assumed the top political post of the land. But like other well-meaning people, we…

Protecting IDPs

IF anything has changed, it is that more and more government officials now champion the cause of the countless victims of man-made and natural disasters throughout the Philippines. Certainly, like other unfortunate members of society, the so-called “internally displaced persons”…

Anti-poor? Surely not

A chorus of jubilant voices from various sectors greeted President Duterte’s approval of the measure granting free tuition to students in state universities and colleges and technical-vocational institutions under the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority. Now known as The…

Terror threats

THE revelation of new terror threats in troubled and impoverished but natural resources-rich Mindanao has thrust out front the need to speed up the passage of House Bill (HB) No. 5382. Otherwise known as the “Terrorism Threat Deterrence Act of…

Let US aid be all out

If Washington really wants to help the government fight and defeat terrorists, it must go all the way. The United States must provide all available resources so that the Armed Forces, the National Police and other state security forces can…

Rogue cops

WHILE going after drug manufacturers, pushers and users, terrorists and other criminals, the Philippine National Police is also waging a massive internal cleansing of the 170,000-strong PNP. Since June 30, 2016, when the crusading Duterte administration assumed office, PNP chief…

Most caring leader

WHEN he decreed free tuition in the country’s state universities and colleges (SUCs), President Rodrigo Duterte acted in the best interests of the Filipino people, particularly the poor. In fact, a group of well-meaning lawmakers, including neophyte but highly-effective Leyte…

Tuition-free education

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a bill granting tuition-free education in state universities and colleges (SUCs), boosting the image of the administration in the eyes of the people. This despite the fact that the Duterte administration’s top economic…

Tuition-free education

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a bill granting tuition-free education in state universities and colleges (SUCs), boosting the image of the administration in the eyes of the people. This despite the fact that the Duterte administration’s top economic…

Drug-affected villages

A YEAR after President Rodrigo R. Duterte decreed a total war against illegal drug trafficking and abuse in the country, many barangays (villages) are still considered “drug-affected.” It is, without doubt, lamentable, disturbing and saddening that there are individuals who…

Hands off the SC chief

The most powerful man in the land thankfully knows the limits of his own power. The Executive, Judiciary, and the Legislature are co-equal and constitutionally separate and independent of each other. This is to achieve a democratic system of checks…

A good move

THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has issued a new memorandum-circular, setting up anti-illegal drug trafficking units in all its regional offices across the country. Through this chain of Seaport Interdiction Units (SIUs), the PDEA leadership hopes to detect the…

Young criminals

THE government, through the two-chamber Congress, would do well now to come up with a new legislation aimed at giving the authorities enough teeth to go after young criminals. Everybody concedes that there are more crimes, including heinous crimes, being…
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