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Softer shutdown

Call it the First Quarter Shock. It’s not really a payback of sorts for the celebratory excesses of the Christmas holidays. But it is a sobering reminder that indeed all good things never last. Perhaps as an “after-sales” service power…

‘No sacred cows’

IT appears that farmers are convinced that the Duterte administration, which ends on June 30, 2022, is certainly out to stop the illegal entry of agricultural products into the country. For instance, the farmers commended the leadership of the Bureau…

Police scalawags

WHAT can a 100-member composite team do to ferret out scalawags in the Philippine National Police (PNP), the country’s premier law enforcement agency which is civilian in nature but national in scope? May be not enough law enforcers to monitor…

Hall of the World

Once again, the vast and modern Mall of Asia complex becomes the Hall of the World as the venue for the country’s hosting of the Miss Universe pageant. The event puts the country back in the limelight of world travel…

‘A balancing act’

ANY move to revisit the Sin Tax Reform Act hinges on the greater consideration that amendments should promote public health and benefit the government and the tobacco industry. This is why we must not just dismiss the arguments raised by…

‘A balancing act’

ANY move to revisit the Sin Tax Reform Act hinges on the greater consideration that amendments should promote public health and benefit the government and the tobacco industry. This is why we must not just dismiss the arguments raised by…

Saddening, lamentable

THE execution of another overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in Kuwait has thrust outfront anew the need to review the country’s overseas employment program. Aware of the importance of the manpower export industry, the government, however, is not expected to just…

Tenuous tango

The main reason for talking is to stop fighting, temporarily if not permanently. Peace talks are principally premised on mutual sincerity, trust, and goodwill. Absent these key elements, such peace talks are bound to fail. This is even if one…

Senior citizens

LIKE her lawyer-banker husband, Leyte 1st District Rep. Yedda Marie Kittilstvedt-Romualdez is a certified champion of the country’s growing army of senior citizens. In fact, we get this feeling that with Ms. Romualdez in the House of Representatives, the Filipino…

Drug-free workplace

SOME quarters fear a serious deterioration in industrial productivity in the Philippines, a graft-prone and impoverished nation, if employers fail to ferret out drug dependent workers. Of course, the scenario can be very frightening if some of these drug-using workers,…

‘Waterless schools’

THE mushrooming number of “waterless” public schools in the country is something that cannot be ignored by education, health and other government authorities. That’s why we add our voice to suggestions from various quarters that there is now that urgent…

Waterless schools

You can’t be more basic than this: air, water, and earth. These elements are thought as the basic building blocks of life as early as grade school. And yet ironically and outrageously, many public schools lack water, for drinking, hygiene,…

Flood control projects

EVERY year, floods claim the lives of so many people in the Philippines, which is one of the world’s favorite “sparring partners” of destructive typhoons and storms. It is not surprising, therefore, that the Department of Public Works and Highways…

Reds rip peace sked

Not in the near horizon. Write off any peace settlement with communist rebels anytime soon. This despite the fact that key Cabinet positions are being held by known leftist leaders who have gone above ground. We can name a few…

Just ignore it

The House of Representatives may be the initiator or originator of all revenue and tax measures. But the chamber alone cannot complete the law-making process. It needs the Senate as a partner in having such revenue and tax measures passed.…
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