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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…

‘Surprise gift’

THE country marks “Labor Day” on Monday, May 1, with a “surprise gift” awaiting the Filipino workingman. Secretary Silvestre “Bebot” Bello III of the Department of Labor and Employment said President Duterte has a “surprise gift” for the working class,…

CCT program

THE lack of a law institutionalizing the conditional cash transfer (CCT) program is already raising concern among beneficiaries not only in the poverty-stricken countryside but elsewhere. Without this legislation, the government or even the next administration may opt to stop…

Drug rehab centers

THE total war against shabu and other prohibited drugs can only gain some meaning if enough drug rehabilitation centers are set up nationwide. This is to bolster the national government’s anti-illegal drugs campaign, which has claimed the lives of many…

Restoring ROTC

All self-respecting nations have mandatory military training for its young citizens. From a regional military power to the smallest island-state they all have one. And when you look at Israel, South Korea, and tiny Singapore, they all have one thing…

US-PH partnership

THE recent inauguration of United States-constructed classrooms and a livelihood training center in Leyte is ample proof of the continued strong partnership of the US and the Philippine government. No less than former Leyte 1st District Rep. Martin G. Romualdez…

Gambling in EPZs

Pray tell us, how can gambling in any form be morally justified inside a strictly economic zone where businesses specifically locate for export operations? The only reasons or excuses we can think of are legal loopholes and other accommodation clauses…

A gentle reminder

THE Social Security System (SSS) has launched a nationwide program aimed at strengthening its campaign against delinquent employers from Batanes in the North to Sulu in Mindanao. It wants to drill awareness among the country’s employers and employees of their…
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