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Overloaded PUVs

THROUGHOUT the year, road mishaps involving overloaded public utility vehicles (PUVs) claim the lives of many people across the country, particularly in mountainous areas. Certainly, this is lamentable, disturbing, saddening and revolting to the senses because there’s a law and…

Drug evidence

IT is reassuring to note that all pieces of confiscated drug evidence are preserved at the depository room of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Crime Laboratory in Camp Crame, Quezon City. An official of the PNP Crime Lab, Supt. Victor…

Key to food security

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte, the first Mindanaoan to hold the top political post of the land, completes next month the first 12 months of his six-year presidency, with many of his visions taking shape. The top priorities of the Duterte…

Heads rot, heads roll

Crime and corruption apparently pay in this poor excuse for a nation. Illicit activities, in fact, yield outrageously huge dividends. This massive ripoff could not imaginably happen without the connivance of both regulator/enforcer and deeply in entrenched corrupt bureaucrats and…

Free medicine

IT is certainly lamentable and disturbing that major causes of deaths in low-income countries, like the Philippines, can be treated effectively with simple essential medicines. And a World Health Organization (WHO) survey showed that medicines in this manpower-exporting Southeast Asian…

‘Brigada Eskwela’

WITH only 27 days before the opening of school year 2017-18, the Department of Education (DepEd) has set the holding of “Brigada Eskwela” in all public schools across the country. “Brigada Eskwela” is a nationwide voluntary effort which seeks to…

Let’s help OFWs

EVERY year, an estimated two million Filipinos, many of them women, leave the country to work overseas due to extreme poverty and lack of job opportunities in the Philippines. And what is disheartening to note is that most of these…

Drug-related crimes

SINCE President Duterte assumed the top political post of the land at 12 noon on June 30, 2016, drug-related crimes have dropped by 11.74 percent, drawing cheers from the people. In fact, the success of the nationwide drive against drug…

Peace talks

ALTHOUGH the New People’s Army (NPA) is resurgent in some areas, the government is still hopeful of finding a common ground that may eventually bring about lasting peace in the country. The resurgence of communist activity comes on the heels…

No sacred cows

UNDER the crusading Duterte administration, there are no “sacred cows” in the nationwide campaign against illegal gambling and other shenanigans, according to Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella. In fact, President Duterte has issued Executive Order No. 13, which seeks to strengthen…

Good news

THE scenario has now a new, if interesting, twist with the issuance by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) of the rules implementing a landmark law that reflects the concern over the welfare of the handicapped. With the issuance of…

‘Eye opener’

THE discovery of an alleged “secret jail” inside a Manila Police District (MPD) station has thrust out front anew the need to look into the real condition of the country’s congested detention facilities. Since July 1, 2017, the 140,000-member Philippine…

Drug-free ASEAN

LEADERS of the now influential 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations would do well to heed the call of President Rodrigo R. Duterte for non-interference and drug-free ASEAN. In a speech during last week’s opening ceremonies of the 30th ASEAN…

A drug-free asean

Cleaning up your own backyard is just fine. But the entire neighborhood block should be squeaky clean as well. Otherwise, your efforts would be all in vain. This is because what is ailing your neighborhood could spill over into your…

Rouge cops

WHILE the crusading Duterte administration goes after drug manufacturers, pushers and users, corrupt government officials and criminals, it also hits hard at rogues in police uniform. In fact, an elite task force, composed of incorruptible officers and men of the…
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