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National ID system

TO millions of Filipinos, it’s time to hasten the passage of a law mandating the implementation of a national identification (ID) system in this poverty-stricken nation of more than 100 million people. The Marawi City siege, which has claimed the…

Peace talks

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte completes the first year of his six-year presidency on Friday, June 30, without any sign of backing off from his commitment to address the country’s major problems. In fact, the people applauded when the administration announced…

Shoring up SSS funds

A pension fund must run faster to stay ahead of the demands of its obligations to its members/contributors as well as their qualified beneficiaries/dependents. In fact it must always have an “actuarial” surplus in order to cover all demands for…

1st year (whirl) windfall

Most new Presidents mark their first year in office with a slow start. This is because they have to grapple with their learning curves. Not the case with President Duterte who promptly sprang into action and hit the ground running.…

Drug-using cops

DIRECTOR-General Ronald “Bato” M. dela Rosa, chief of the 170,000-strong Philippine National Police (PNP), has fired a total of 160 policemen found positive for substance abuse since last year. Various quarters believe that the PNP leadership’s nationwide campaign against drug-using…

Remorse, yes; retreat, no

True leaders do it—admit their mistakes and apologize for them. President Arroyo did it, saying: “I am sorry” for the “Hello, Garci” episode. President Aquino never apologized for everything, not even for the bungled Mamasapano operation that cost the lives…

Joint naval patrols

IF there’s one good lesson that can be learned from the raging battle in Marawi City, it is the need for the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia to work in unison as threats from extremist groups increase. Of course, it is…

Martial law extension

THERE’s now a snowballing move in the House of Representatives to work for the possible extension of the 60-day martial law (ML) in Mindanao due to continued fighting in Marawi City. Note that the 60-day martial law declared by President…

‘Night schools’

THE proposed setting up of more “night schools” is a welcome development in the government’s campaign to address the increasing number of school dropouts not only in the metropolis but elsewhere. Based on official records of the Department of Education…

Not out of touch

True, the Presidency is a 24/7 job. But where is it written that he must be seen and heard by the people on real time ‘round the clock? The President, after all, is still a human being who needs privacy…

Drug war

drug war is a battle we cannot afford to lose. When so much is at stake, failure is never an option. Every citizen must pursue the fight to the hilt, in order to emerge victorious.” Thus declared retired police Gen.…

Lips without conscience

Denial is the weakest form of defense. Pundits have said: “denial is just a river in Egypt”. In fact, denial is defeat. This is just the problem with people getting too rich filthy and arrogantly powerful—they become insensitive, even contemptuous…

School feeding program

VARIOUS quarters acknowledge that malnourishment among public school students remains a problem of education and other concerned government offices and agencies. It is public knowledge that pupils studying in public kindergarten and elementary schools throughout the country are mostly children…

GI Joes on the ground

The guy is right: terrorism is not just an internal or domestic problem; it is a “clear, present and verifiable danger” to the international community. For the first time, we agree with Senator JV Ejercito in seeing nothing wrong with…

Let’s heal wounds

PRESIDENTIAL peace adviser Jesus “Jess” Dureza has called on stakeholders to work on relationship building and healing the wounds and divisions brought about by armed conflict in the country. He issued the call after noting that we can build easily…
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