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Intent never enough

Government policy means nothing when consigned to a default mode. Indeed, what good is a declaration of principle when oft-repeated but never implemented? For instance, there ought to be no administrative or procedural obstacles thrown in the way of a…

Unfazed

UNKNOWN to many, the Office of the Vice President (OVP), despite lack of manpower and financial resources, continues to serve the sick, the needy and other unfortunate members of society across the country. As housing czar of the Aquino administration,…

Stupidity kills!

It must really be new year. People get hurt, limbs are lost, and many die in the way they usher in the next 365 days in their calendars. Human nature? Filipino way? Nah. Just plain stupidity. We just never learn.…

SC’s ‘Judgment Day’

IN line with its all-out efforts to decongest the country’s jails and other detention facilities, many of them overcrowded, the Supreme Court (SC) is committed to continue implementing its successful “Judgment Day” program. “Judgment Day” is an offshoot of the…

Another ‘rosy’ year

DESPITE the widening gap between the rich and the poor, Filipinos can still take inspiration from the genuine concern over the welfare and safety of the people demonstrated by the Philippine National Police (PNP) in 2014. In fact, no less…

Entity’s end

How does a nation greet the end of a geo-political entity and the birth of another? With much trepidation and cautious optimism. That’s how. For one, it’s not just a name change – from a mere autonomous region into a…

Unheralded gift

Not too many people see this largely unseen holiday “gift” of sorts. But then again, anything that a person receives and benefits from without asking for it is deemed a gift. And so its beneficiaries should be thankful. In this…

Open distance learning

ONE is led to believe that the mushrooming number of school dropouts needs as much attention as graft and corruption, joblessness, hunger and rising prices of everything in this poverty-stricken nation of English-speaking people. Records show that everyday, more than…

Paying it backward

A more meaningful new year awaits people not yet of retirement age but are already suffering from some form of bodily impairment. Indeed, elderly health care needs sometimes come earlier than the minimum 60-year retirement age on account of physical…

Child workers

IN a developing nation, like the Philippines, many parents encourage or even force their children, including minors, to work in firework factories and other dangerous workplaces to augment the meager family income. This is certainly saddening and disturbing because this…

Coming clean

A party which pledges pure intent in its proposal must itself have a pristine reputation. This is because the character of corporate entities, just like ordinary people, cannot be divorced from their motives. In short, what drives human beings also…

Gov’t hospitals

DESPITE the increasing number of Filipinos who die without seeing a medical doctor because of grinding poverty, the government still entertains the idea of privatizing state-owned hospitals and other medical institutions. And the lamentable and alarming situation is not helped…

Punishing pranksters

Bomb-scare jokes are no laughing matter. The threat may not be real, but the panic that it can potentially set off, especially in establishments which packed in people in the tens of thousands like coliseums, malls, theaters, and sports arenas,…

Trigger-happy cops

VARIOUS quarters fear that despite repeated warnings, hard-headed and trigger-happy Filipinos, including members of the 150,000-strong Philippine National Police (PNP), may again fire their guns during the New Year revelry. The fear is valid. The PNP, headed by officer-in-charge (OIC)…

Equally liable

Moral law dictates that a private person who corrupts a pubic official or employee must be equally guilty of the wrongdoing and, therefore, also punishable. A typical public official or employee would not jeopardize his or her reputation, employment, compensation…
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