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Int’l drug rings

IF the drug menace continues to worry the government and the Filipino people, including the ordinary citizens, blame it partly on the existence of three international drug syndicates operating in the Philippines. They are the United Bamboo Gang (Bamboo Triad),…

Filipino-Americans

LIKE other Filipinos, we doff our hats to Filipino-Americans (Fil-Ams), particularly those serving under the administration of hard-hitting United States President Donald Trump. Records at the Philippine Embassy in Washington, DC show that an estimated 3.4 million Filipinos and Filipino-Americans…

Education trailblazers

All government is local, we keep on saying here. Local government units reaffirm their primordial role as frontline providers of public service. Their work reflex all the noble intents and purposes of national government policy. And when they adhere to…

Tax reform program

THE influential American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (AmCham) has trumpeted its support for the government’s Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Act (TRAIN). In the view of many quarters, this is not surprising since the comprehensive tax reform…

Outrageous billing

Encouraging people to shift to another way of doing things is better achieved through a system of rewards, not punishment. And if the shift would mean savings to a service provider, the more compelling the reason becomes to share such…

Alarming

ALARMING, saddening and disturbing are reports that the number of Filipinos being deployed overseas as domestic helpers or household service workers (HSWs) continues to increase. This, despite the fact that the Duterte administration’s intention has always been to create more…

PH-US relations

IT seems fair to say that the Philippines and the United States, long-time allies, can look forward to continue working closely together on issues of mutual interest and concerns. This after Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano and US…

Idle housing units

IT is certainly lamentable that thousands of government housing units across the country remain unoccupied, prompting some homeless Filipinos, like informal settlers, to occupy these dwelling units. Aware of the situation, the House of Representatives has approved on second reading…

The weightier half

It is not even exactly split in the middle. The strongest point against the most recent poll results is that more than half of those surveyed believe otherwise. That is, law-enforcement officers do not engage in summary executions of drug…

Burn ’em, pronto

Supply creates its own demand. And when the supply involves seized illegal drugs, the temptation of satisfying that demand is simply irresistible. Why? Because they mean fast, dirty bucks. Narco-criminals benefit twice from this—the loss of evidence against them and…

KSA’s amnesty program

THE oil-rich Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has extended anew its amnesty program to allow thousands of undocumented migrant workers, including Filipinos, to go home. The extension is seen to benefit more than 6,000 undocumented Filipinos, who were not able…

Charter change

THE snowballing move to rewrite the Philippine Constitution hinges on the greater consideration that shifting to a federal form of government should benefit the Filipino people and the country. Other quarters even argued that the country’s Constitution needs to be…

Illegal gambling

THE government-run Small Town Lottery (STL) is supposed to kill or stop illegal gambling in the Philippines, particularly in the countryside where majority of the poor work and live. But it is certainly disheartening to note that the Philippine Charity…

Scalawag cops

ALTHOUGH there are scalawags in the Philippine National Police (PNP), the public still believes that the men and women in uniform are capable of regaining the people’s trust and confidence. In fact, the current leadership of the PNP, headed by…

Letting off steam

Now that both sides have spoken their minds for or against the Duterte administration, it is time to get back into the groove and move ahead. Venting outrage and frustration over issues impacting the welfare of citizens is a healthy…
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