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Resist extremism

AFTER scrapping the peace negotiations with the communists, President Rodrigo R. Duterte has called on Moro rebels to avoid extremism. In a speech during the launch of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC), Duterte said extremism would be a sure way…

PHLPost postal station

THE concern for the mailing public and the jobless demonstrated by the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) is, without doubt, most encouraging. For offering postal station business opportunity for as low as P25,000 as start-up capital, PHLPost is on track bringing…

BoC-EG’s accomplishments

DESPITE the national government’s total war against the drug menace, there indeed remains a cabal of hard-headed illegal drug manufacturers, pushers and users. They continue to undermine the administration by making a mockery of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s anti-illegal drugs…

Biggest losers

Quite ironically, small government units stand to be the biggest losers if the clampdown on mining companies persists. Consequently, poor and remote communities would suffer in terms of foregone economic opportunities generated by mining operations. This means the problem of…

SSS pension hike

WITH Malacañang’s issuance of the order approving the P1,000 increase in the monthly pension of Social Security System (SSS) retirees, President Duterte has fulfilled one of his promises during the 2016 poll campaign. The “good news” came just a few…

DU30’s foreign trips

SINCE assuming the top political post of the land on June 30, 2016, President Rodrigo R. Duterte has made a total of seven foreign trips. These foreign trips cost the Filipino taxpayers an estimated P277 million, but the more important…

Rid PNP of misfits

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) would do well to heed the call of Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson if it wants to regain the trust and confidence of the Filipino people. Today, what is clear is that only a few police…

Key to development

VARIOUS quarters concede that federalism is key to accelerating growth in the countryside, where majority of the poor live. Certainly, the suffering of the Filipino people, now numbering more than 100 million, demands the most urgent attention. Leading the move…

Mining review

It’s the classic case of putting the cart before the horse. Closure of mining facilities or the cancellation of their operations should have only come after a thorough review by the designated state regulatory authority. Which is the exact opposite…

Use of stolen cars

IT is a truth often told that some erring law enforcement authorities use recovered stolen or impounded motor vehicles. This despite the fact that the 160,000-member Philippine National Police (PNP), which is civilian in nature but national in scope, prohibits…

Absentee voting

ADMITTEDLY, many senior citizens and persons with disability (PWDs) fail to vote during national, local and even barangay elections. Blame this partly on mobility limitations and physical and health conditions of PWDs and the elderly in various parts of the…

Kindness for killers?

Life for those who respect life. Those who do not deserve neither respect nor life. This ancient law has both biblical and other religious roots. A society which does not uphold this old law imperils itself. Quite ironically, the Catholic…

World-class hospital

TODAY, people agree that the 160,000-member Philippine National Police (PNP), the country’s premier law enforcement agency, needs to have a world-class hospital. But considering the national police agency’s limited financial and manpower resources, the question is how to do it…

Water shortage

OVER the years, the Philippines, which is surrounded by water, has seen the increasing number of Filipinos with no access to safe water supply. In fact, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has placed the number of “waterless”…

Undergrads as cops?

THERE’s now a snowballing move in the two-chamber Congress to allow deserving male and female college undergraduates to join the Philippine National Police (PNP). Various quarters concede that as the country’s premier law enforcement agency, the PNP, which is civilian…
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