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Tuition-free education

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a bill granting tuition-free education in state universities and colleges (SUCs), boosting the image of the administration in the eyes of the people. This despite the fact that the Duterte administration’s top economic…

Tuition-free education

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a bill granting tuition-free education in state universities and colleges (SUCs), boosting the image of the administration in the eyes of the people. This despite the fact that the Duterte administration’s top economic…

Drug-affected villages

A YEAR after President Rodrigo R. Duterte decreed a total war against illegal drug trafficking and abuse in the country, many barangays (villages) are still considered “drug-affected.” It is, without doubt, lamentable, disturbing and saddening that there are individuals who…

Hands off the SC chief

The most powerful man in the land thankfully knows the limits of his own power. The Executive, Judiciary, and the Legislature are co-equal and constitutionally separate and independent of each other. This is to achieve a democratic system of checks…

A good move

THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has issued a new memorandum-circular, setting up anti-illegal drug trafficking units in all its regional offices across the country. Through this chain of Seaport Interdiction Units (SIUs), the PDEA leadership hopes to detect the…

Young criminals

THE government, through the two-chamber Congress, would do well now to come up with a new legislation aimed at giving the authorities enough teeth to go after young criminals. Everybody concedes that there are more crimes, including heinous crimes, being…

Dead rivers, dead people

Rivers support life and civilization. In fact, all the great civilizations started along the banks of mighty river systems like the Amazon in South America, the Yangtze in China, Nile in Egypt and the Tigres-Euphrates in Mesopotamia now Iraq. And…

Anti-gambling drive

ALTHOUGH the 2019 national and local balloting is still 21 months away, illegal gambling, like the drug menace, remains a major headache of the government in many parts of the country. In the past, illegal gambling, notably “jueteng,” helped bankroll…

‘Malasakit’ to PWDs

HEARTENING are reports that the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) now gives a 20-percent discount for senior citizens and persons with disability (PWDs) every time they book a domestic flight online. Of course, the implementation of the 20 percent discount reflects…

‘Maj. Distraction’

The guy is not the Commander-in-Chief. He is not the Defense secretary. Neither is he the Armed Forces chief. He is not even the chairman of the Senate Defense committee. Sure, he is an “honorary” member of the Army, having…

A welcome development

CONGRESSIONAL leaders have set up a joint technical working group (TWG) to draft proposed amendments to the Philippine Constitution, which has defects that must be corrected soonest. Those pushing for the revision of the 1987 Charter, which was written by…

Disaster alerts

IF disaster alerts have been few and infrequent, blame it on the circuitous way that proposed text messages are “processed and approved before they are sent out to the public.” But Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto of Batangas, an economist,…

Will to ‘rightsize’

Political will, you said? But it is precisely what President Duterte personifies. In short, he walks the talk and what comes out of his mouth his muscles make happen. And righting the wrongs of the past is his proud work…

Late solons

WITH its decision to “punish” late solons, the leadership of the House of Representatives has given the Lower Chamber of Congress a much-needed boost in the eyes of the Filipino people. At least five solons, two of them women, were…

‘Eye for an eye’

PRESIDENT Duterte has called on Congress to re-impose the death penalty on drug-related crimes, opening anew the stage for the ventilation on the pluses of rehabilitation over execution. Various quarters said the government, through the Senate and the House of…
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