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GI Joes on the ground

The guy is right: terrorism is not just an internal or domestic problem; it is a “clear, present and verifiable danger” to the international community. For the first time, we agree with Senator JV Ejercito in seeing nothing wrong with…

Let’s heal wounds

PRESIDENTIAL peace adviser Jesus “Jess” Dureza has called on stakeholders to work on relationship building and healing the wounds and divisions brought about by armed conflict in the country. He issued the call after noting that we can build easily…

Creatively impaired

If your client or principal is a distinct personality or entity with unique characteristics or features, why can’t efforts to promote them be also original? Anyone or anything that stands out because of beauty, charm, and diversity should be so…

Tech-voc courses

DON’T look now, but more and more Filipinos, men and women, are taking up technical-vocational courses in various parts of this manpower-exporting Southeast Asian nation. In fact, many ex-overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) want to undergo retraining under the watchful eyes…

Fly it proudly

Let it fly proudly, magnificently all over the land. The unfurling of the flag in Marawi City on Independence Day is not only a symbolic act of a people asserting their freedom. It is a collective move to keep the…

Cybercrime rings

DISTURBING are reports that the Philippines, which prides itself as the only Christian country in this part of the world, is becoming a safe haven for cybercrime operators. These syndicates are involved in pornography, illegal gambling, credit card fraud ,…

Social media, social good

Social media was created for the public good—general safety, security, and welfare. In short, it is a tool for achieving a social goal—that is, to improve the human condition. Pornography, damaging, defamatory or libelous articles, and propaganda materials of terrorist…

Long overdue

UNLIKE the House of Representatives, the Upper Chamber of Congress -- the 24-member Senate -- is still “homeless,” renting the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) building in Pasay City. Thus, local government officials of Antipolo City in vote-rich Rizal province…

Resettlement program

AS in heavily-populated cities and other urban centers throughout the world, squatting and poverty remain major headaches of government authorities in the Metropolitan Manila area. If shanty towns continue to mushroom in the metropolis, blame it partly on the continued…

‘People’s Plan’

AS in heavily-populated cities and other urban centers throughout the world, squatting and poverty remain major headaches of government authorities in the Metropolitan Manila area. If shanty towns continue to mushroom in the metropolis, blame it partly on the continued…

Unbowed, unbound

A house defiant of judicial interference or just assertive of its constitutional independence? The Congress as a democratic institution is a jealous, zealous chamber. Its members are overly protective of its separate and independent powers and jurisdiction from the two…

‘One-strike policy’

ERRING traffic enforcers of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority would do well to heed the warning of new MMDA Chairman Danilo “Danny” Lim, a retired military general. Under Lim’s so-called “one-strike” policy, the contract of an MMDA traffic enforcer caught…

‘Crush ’em’

Let’s see what we have so far: Air superiority, artillery support, the father of the top leaders of the Maute group, and millions in cash and checks found in the supposed hideout of the terror group. Throw in combined elements…

Contingency plans

THE diplomatic crisis in Qatar has thrust out front the need for concerned government agencies to activate contingency plans to ensure the safety of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the Middle East state. These are the Department of Foreign Affairs…

PH dev’t plan

“BY 2040, the Philippines will be a prosperous, predominantly middle-class society where no one is poor. Our people enjoy long and healthy lives, are smart and innovative, and live in a high-trust society.” Thus, said Ernesto Pernia, director general of…
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