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‘Oplan Balik-Eskwela’

THIS year’s 19-day “Oplan Balik-Eskwela” starts tomorrow, May 29, with the 150,000-member Philippine National Police (PNP) further tightening its security measures across the country. Held under the auspices of the Department of Education (DepEd), “Oplan Balik-Eskwela” aims to ensure the…

Abolish PCGG, OGCC

THERE’s now a snowballing move in the House of Representatives to abolish the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) and the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel (OGCC). Spearheading the move are Speaker Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez of Davao del Norte,…

Charter safeguards

What is the difference between past and present martial law declarations? While serious constitutional questions were raised against past ML declarations, the current version operates with in the strict and specific parameters set by the basic law of the land.…

Rid MMDA of corruption

THE key to addressing all the problems in the streets of the metropolis -- from ambulant vendors to illegally-parked vehicles -- is eradicating corruption in the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA). This the new MMDA chair, retired Gen. Danilo Lim…

Palay production

PEOPLE remember what the current government has been saying regarding food security with the reported increase in palay production in the first three months of the year. A most welcome news in the country, where rice is the staple food,…

Tardy solons

WITH President Duterte in Malacañang, there’s now a glimmer of hope of finally addressing tardiness and absenteeism in the House of Representatives, which is dominated by pro-administration lawmakers. In fact, a proposal to close the House session hall and mark…

Divine distractions?

You can still venerate virgin visionaries anywhere you want… Well, almost anywhere, that is. Except within your line of vision behind the wheel. Rosaries, prayer beads, mini-statues of religious figures, and other similar symbols would, henceforth, be banned from being…

Political reforms

EVERYBODY knows that before he leaves Malacañang on June 30, 2022, President Rodrigo R. Duterte wants to change the country’s form of government from presidential to federal system. But for the proposed shift to federalism to succeed, Senate President Aquilino…

Arrogant airlines

Congressional franchises are granted to service providers in the interest of public convenience, safety and facility. It is more a privilege rather than a right. Since it is a grant by representatives of the people, it can be taken away…

‘Reasonable’ compromise

Compromise is not a dirty word. In fact, it can be a “win-win” formula for the settlement of a dispute where two or more sides can demand and yield concessions. It is the goal of litigation. The good thing about…

Let’s implement LAL

THE government, through the Department of Finance (DOF), is being called upon to now strictly implement a landmark law that seeks to boost the performance of the country’s revenue-generating agencies. Philippine Constitution Association (Philconsa) President Martin G. Romualdez, a lawyer…

PCSO’s ‘rescue vehicles’

THE Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) has shown that it is out to address the lack of ambulances in various parts of the country, particularly in far-flung communities. This it will do by acquiring four-wheel drive ambulances similar to the…

Jail congestion

IF many detention facilities of the Philippine National Police (PNP) are congested today, blame it partly on the success of the Duterte administration’s anti-illegal drugs campaign. Since July 1 last year, operatives of the 160,000-strong PNP, which is civilian in…

‘Global Mosquito Alert’

THE United Nations (UN) has launched a “Global Mosquito Alert’ aimed at strengthening the fight against mosquito-borne diseases that continue to terrorize people across the globe. Mandated to track down and control the vector responsible for close to 2.7 million…

Duterte’s promises

PRESIDENT Duterte has shown that he is out to fulfill his election promises, notably those against illegal drugs, corruption and crime, before his six-year presidency ends in June 2022. Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella said the impact of Duterte’s focus on…
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