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Wipe out ASG

WITH his decision to order the military to finish off the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), President Rodrigo R. Duterte has given his administration another boost in the eyes of the people. The Mindanao-based ASG has remained one of the leading…

Fruitful peace talks

WITH the recent signing of the Agreement on an Interim Joint Ceasefire (AIJC), there’s now a glimmer hope of finally ending the 48-year-old communist insurgency in the country. Seen to lead to a comprehensive settlement of the problem, the AIJC…

Undocumented OFWs

THE Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has given a 90-day amnesty to undocumented foreigners, including overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), in the oil-rich Middle East country. With the three-month amnesty, the government, through concerned offices and agencies, has enough time to…

Federalism’s benefits

IN a democratic country, like the Philippines, some government officials often find themselves on the wrong side of the President on several high-profile and controversial issues. Today, however, top government officials in the country have not said anything against President…

A hazardous waste

A PROPOSED legislation that reflects the concern over the health and safety of consumers is pending consideration in Congress. And it is almost certain that our lawmakers will approve the bill banning the recycling of used cooking oil for human…

Students’ fare discount

THERE’s a snowballing move in Congress to expand and institutionalize the 20 percent transport fare discount being given to students in public and private schools across the country. Leading the move is Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara, who has been…

NGCP audacity

Call it instead the National Guarantee Corp. of the Philippines. We admire the sheer audacity of the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines for ruling out any electricity shortage this summer when demand for power seasonally peaks. The bold announcement…

Philippine Rise

An international body has determined that Benham Rise falls safely within the country’s territorial boundaries. This simply means that the vast patch of maritime waters on the country’s north eastern sea board forms part of the national patrimony and, therefore…

Philconsa’s crucial role

DESPITE the national government’s avowed commitment to improve the living conditions of Mindanaoans, there’s still a long way to go to enable them to live in peace. Everybody concedes that without lasting peace, government authorities may find it difficult to…

It’s summer, go solar

The sun is up, the heat is high, and demand for energy and fuel is at its peak. What is the government to do to forestall fuel and power shortages? One solution is to go for alternative modes of powering…

Developing Mindanao

DESPITE the national government’s avowed commitment to improve the living conditions of Min­danaoans, there’s still a long way to go to enable them to live in peace. Everybody concedes that without lasting peace, government authorities may find it difficult to…

Justice within

To begin with, the operative word is “international”. Any grade-schooler would readily understand that the word simply means between or among nations. The Philippines is not currently involved in any major international dispute or have pending cases before an international…

Mandatory SSS coverage

WITH the increasing number of Filipinos seeking high-paying jobs abroad, it is of utmost importance that these migrant workers are members of the Social Security System (SSS). That’s why the SSS leadership wants mandatory coverage of all overseas Filipino workers…

Marine pollution

DON’T look now, but the Philippines is among the world’s countries with high incidence of plastic waste leakage into the seas and oceans. This despite the fact that it is the policy of the government to protect and advance the…

Anti-corruption drive

THE national government’s anti-corruption drive bears close watch as President Rodrigo R. Duterte completes this week the first nine months of his six-year presidency. Along with the total war on illegal drugs and criminality, one of the Duterte administration’s priorities…
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