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‘Untouchable’

AMID the furor generated by the reported rape of a guest relations officer (GRO) inside a police station is news that a bill pending consideration in Congress reflects the concern over the welfare and interest of female inmates in the…

Saving our savants

As the world faces increasingly horrific environmental consequences of mindless human development, scientists play a pivotal role in national survival. As heretofore unknown meteorological monsters like Super-typhoon Yolanda – the most powerful ever to hit land on record – come…

Fake ‘cops,’ ‘soldiers’

HEAVILY-armed communist rebels in police uniforms staged a daring raid in Paluan, Oriental Mindoro recently, killing two policemen and an army soldier and provoking a new wave of outrage across the country. Various quarters condemned the raid and urged concerned…

Write it off

You can now kiss the promised good life good bye. It’s almost official: The supposed better life under the “Inclusive Growth” policies of the Aquino administration is not happening within the less than 600 days of its remaining stint in…

Salary hike

FOR low-salaried but overworked government-employed school teachers, a paltry salary increase just amounts to crumbs, particularly at a time when prices of many commodities are going beyond the reach of more and more Filipinos. That’s why we commend a member…

Czars and summits

If there are two things this country loves these two top the charts. We have an anti-human smuggling czar, anti-illegal recruitment czar, anti-smuggling czar, anti-illegal drugs czar, rehabilitation czar, traffic czar, etc. We have periodic economic summits, anti-poverty summits, security…

Extending barangay execs’ term of office

THERE’s now a snowballing move in Congress, notably in the House of Representatives, to extend the term of office of village officials from three years to six years, drawing cheers from various sectors of society. And the good news is…

Back to serious biz

What took an otherwise discerning bunch of elective officials to stop the madness? What made them finally realize the folly of three if their colleagues sitting as a mere “sub-committee, wasting the people’s time and money in an exercise more…

Better off dead?

It is decidedly a diabolical method of population management if this is the actual intent. Children are supposed to be protected and nurtured – physically, mentally, emotionally/psychologically, and spiritually/morally – to enable them to achieve their full human potential and…

Training foreign anti-drug agents

DON’T look now, but crack anti-narcotics control operatives from the oil-rich Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) are in the Philippines undergoing an extensive training on how to detect and prevent illegal drug trafficking. Acknowledged as a risky but a highly-profitable…

Commerce, not conflict

We think it’s a no-brainer. That is, sustaining, if not, escalating tensions over disputed maritime and terrestrial territories. We should be trading, not feuding so that both countries with the fastest-growing economies in Asia could move forward by leaps and…

Locked in the bottom

First, the good news: The local automotive industry posted not only record sales in the 10 months to October; unit sales, in fact, hit all-time high. New model rollouts, aggressive promotional activities, and increasing consumer demand pushed the record rise…

Let’s set up DDPEM

WITH the increasing number of natural disasters in the Philippines owing to the worsening of climate change, people hope the authorities take bolder steps to avoid politics and red tape in helping calamity victims. In fact, more and more sectors…

Monumental snub

“With or without you.”We do not even know whether they are big fans of U2, but the survivors of Super-typhoon Yolanda just delivered a stinging indictment of the Aquino administration’s monumental snub. Given a golden opportunity to reach out not…

Developing world-class seafarers

MANPOWER exporters across the globe concede that foreign ship owners prefer to hire Filipino seafarers because of their exceptional skills, good command of the English language and ability to easily adapt to foreign culture. But whether we like it or…
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