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What green economy?

Do green jobs magically grow at her slightest wish or sheer will? Is the economic landscape so rich or fertile that a single seed of government initiative could generate millions of jobs in so short a time? And we are…

Mine-closure review

It doesn’t make the government weak to admit or acknowledge it had made a colossal blunder or a minor mistake. On the contrary, it reflects both pragmatism and sensitivity to the plight of sectors directly affected by a rush to…

NPA resurgence

AFTER months of “stagnation” a resurgent New People’s Army (NPA) now worries the people, particularly those in the countryside, where majority of the poor live and work. The fear of resurgence of NPA activity is valid following the exchange of…

NPA resurgence

AFTER months of “stagnation,” a resurgent New People’s Army (NPA) now worries the people, particularly those in the countryside, where majority of the poor live and work. The fear of resurgence of NPA activity is valid following the exchange of…

Depressing irony

IT is, without doubt, one of the cruelest ironies of our time that many of the country’s farmers and fishermen, notably those in far-flung communities, often find themselves hungry. Although they are society’s food producers, agricultural workers could barely afford…

New anti-drug body

PEOPLE expect the number of drug pushers and users to decline, mainly because of the war against the “drug monster” and partly as a consequence of the economic hardship. And the creation of a powerful inter-agency committee on illegal drugs…

Abominable

An abomination and an act of desperation. Historically, tribes and kingdoms which used children to fight their petty wars rarely marched to resounding victory. Tribal chiefs and warrior kings who led children to war often returned home in shame and…

Distressing

ONE of the priorities of President Rodrigo R. Duterte, who assumed the top political post of the land at 12 noon on June 30, 2016, is the generation of more quality local jobs. Thus, it is certainly distressing, saddening and…

Reform justice system

THE government would do well now to reform the country’s undermanned, underfunded and underperforming justice system. Like other Filipinos, we believe that there’s a need to overhaul the justice system before restoring the death penalty for certain crimes. Leading the…

A timely call

THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has called on the country’s barangay officials to play an active role in the war against illegal drugs. Described by many as timely, PDEA’s call is seen to strengthen the government’s nationwide campaign against…

‘Junior citizens’

DON’T look now, but Senator Grace Poe wants to advance the interests of the millions of indigent “junior citizens” -- children aged zero to 12 years -- across the country. This she will do by granting poor “junior citizens” a…

Online, off hook?

Losing money for expenditures that directly benefit the people is not exactly bad business. After all, government is primarily established to meet the needs of the governed. It is simply an outrage when the government is needlessly, senselessly losing gazillions…

Meaningful change

WHAT the people, including the ordinary citizens, lament is the fact that the Philippines remains poor and beset with so many problems that have not been solved for decades. We still have to contend with the unequal development among the…

Meaningful change

WHAT the people, including the ordinary citizens, lament is the fact that the Philippines remains poor and beset with so many problems that have not been solved for decades. We still have to contend with the unequal development among the…

PDEA ready

ALTHOUGH undermanned, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) is ready and in a position to wage the all-out war against illegal drugs not only in the metropolis but elsewhere. Tasked by no less than President Rodrigo R. Duterte to spearhead…
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