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Nurturing lawyers’ hearts

First, let us field all the lawyers. At least we are kinder than the Bard of Avon, who proposed dealing with them “with extreme prejudice”. By requiring new lawyers to render free legal service, it is hoped that they can…

Illegal recruiters

ILLEGAL recruiters, like other evils of Philippine society – drug pushers, corrupt public servants, voter-buyers and other lawless elements – continue to worry well-meaning government officials and the Filipino people. It is no wonder, therefore, that President Rodrigo R. Duterte…

Thrive@45

We not only survive as we mark our 45 years in this business. In fact, we thrive even as our nearest competitors struggle to stay alive. For instance, our nearest rival has just been acquired by a group led by…

A gentler anti-drug war

Human rights bleeding hearts and crybabies can now stop their weeping and whining. And illegal drug peddlers and their puppet masters can have their field day. Their common wish has been finally granted—a kinder, gentler anti-drug war. The Philippine Drug…

Ultimatum

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has issued an ultimatum to transport groups that he is resolved to proceed with the controversial modernization of the country’s public utility jeepneys (PUJs), starting Jan. 1, 2018. Criticized by militant PUJ operators and drivers but…

Junking the jeepney

Granted, the public utility vehicle is a basic mode of public transport and a unique Filipino cultural icon. It is a national symbol known throughout the world. But the public utility jeepney has serious health and safety issues that have…

Sustained growth

WHAT is paramount at this point is for the people and local government officials to ensure that Eastern Visayas (EV) remains the fastest growing economy among the country’s regions. Official records show that last year’s gross domestic product (GDP) of…

Health professionals

NEWS that the government is hiring an additional 25,000 health professionals is definitely good news in this manpower-exporting Third World nation, which is teeming with jobless and underemployed people. The government should have done it long ago, but lack of…

New power plants

VARIOUS quarters concede that many businessmen, foreign and local, are reluctant to invest in the Philippines because of the high cost of electricity in this developing Southeast Asian nation. Burdened by the prohibitive cost of power across the country, many…

Quality education

WITH a budget of P549.5 billion for 2018, the Department of Education (DepEd) should not weary of performing its role – of educating and transforming the country’s youngsters into highly-productive citizens. The P549.5-billion budget was okayed by the powerful Senate…

Anti-drug war

FOR any sector to say that the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) is not capable of eradicating drug trafficking and abuse in this impoverished Southeast Asian nation is a little bit too much. Although it lacks financial and manpower resources,…

‘Fake cops’

THE leadership of the Philippine National Police should be commended for its determination to stop the unauthorized manufacture, sale and distribution of PNP uniforms and accoutrements. Certainly, there is one thing the PNP, headed by Director-General Ronald “Bato” M. dela…

Red tape

IF the Philippines is still teeming with homeless people, blame it partly on bureaucratic red tape. No less than Sen. Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara lamented the many documents that need to be submitted by an applicant before he/she can avail…

Waterfront reshuffle

MORE than a year after President Duterte assumed the top political post of the land, there are now talks regarding more personnel movements in the graft-prone Bureau of Customs (BoC). In fact, some waterfront observers see some moves indicating a…

‘Disiplinadong’ driver

IT seems fair to say that motorists and the rest of the commuting public can look forward to hassle-free travel, when the government launches a program aimed at promoting road discipline. The government, through the Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group…
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