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‘Loan sharks’

AS an impoverished nation, the Philippines is teeming with “loan sharks,” who victimize the millions of needy Filipinos. Thus, it is heartening to note that the crusading Duterte administration has directed concerned state authorities to put an end to the…

Missiles, no; boats, yes

The short wish list says it all: the country needs maritime security patrol, not aerial defensive weapons. The list also indicates a non-aggressive national defense posture. And so, President Duterte has declined an offer by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe…

Ecosystem, biodiversity

ALTHOUGH, the Filipino people want the government to develop more world-class tourist spots, they cannot, however, support projects that damage the environment. In fact, the reported plan to put up a Nickelodeon theme park in Coron, Palawan, a crucial habitat…

‘Death stations’

THE filing of a bill in Congress seeking to modernize the health care delivery system is a welcome development in this country, where many public health facilities are considered “death stations.” No less than former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, now a…

Deadbeats and loan sharks

It is simply unconscionable. But more importantly, it is against the law. Private companies have two roles as far as administering social security funds—first, as co-contributors to an employee’s share in the social security fund remitted to the Social Security…

Maternity leave

DON’T look now, but lady solons want Congress to hasten the passage of a bill granting 100-day maternity leave with 30-day extension without pay for employees in the government and private sector. Of course, we agree with the lady lawmakers,…

OFW hospital

IT is now clear that social services, particularly health care, remain beyond the reach of many of our overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their dependents. The existing package of services under the medical care program for OFWs is limited to…

‘Just, fair, logical’

One is not only a lonely number; it is also exclusionist. It leaves parties no other option but to accept a single proposition. Therefore, it is unfair, unjust, and undemocratic. The rule should also apply to legislation. In implementing laws,…

Disturbing development

IT seems that when no one is looking, some foreign nationals in the country go into large-scale importation, manufacture and distribution of shabu and other dangerous drugs. In fact, various quarters, including government drug busters, said that foreigners are greatly…

Long overdue

IT is truly unfortunate that the Philippines, one of the world’s major exporters of quality health professionals, is still teeming with jobless and underemployed registered nurses. What saddens most Filipinos, notably parents, is the fact that other nurses are forced…

Air traffic woes

WELL-meaning government officials have time and again proposed various measures aimed at addressing the country’s seemingly worsening air traffic problems. One of the officials, Ako Bicol party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe, now wants the government to allow private plane owners to…

Air traffic woes

WELL-meaning government officials have time and again proposed various measures aimed at addressing the country’s seemingly worsening air traffic problems. One of the officials, Ako Bicol party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe, now wants the government to allow private plane owners to…

Illegal fishing

ALARMING and disturbing are reports that illegal fishing remains a major headache of the authorities in some parts of the Philippines. This, despite the government’s serious campaign against illegal fishing activities, like dynamite and cyanide fishing, throughout the country. It…

When nature steps in

So it rained on your New Year parade. So what? It did not stop the revelry; it only muted the explosive celebration. The good thing is, there were fewer firecracker injuries, and the air was spared the thick and toxic…

Vital and timely

UNKNOWN to many, the lack of school buildings is one of the biggest stumbling blocks in the delivery of quality education in various public schools across the country. And some sectors attributed the problem to the inability of the national…
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