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Rewarding cops, soldiers

THERE’s now a move in the Senate to institutionalize all assistance to members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) who are killed or hurt in line of duty. Spearheading the move is…

Manila-Clark railway project

TO millions of Filipinos and foreigners living and working in the Metropolitan Manila area, decongesting the country’s premier region may seem like an impossible mission. But there is now a glimmer of hope of addressing the congestion problem in the…

Underpaid, hungry

IF many traffic enforcers of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) have not been reporting for duty, blame it on their unpaid wages and insultingly low pay. No less than MMDA chairman Danilo Lim, a United States-trained military general and…

Illegal aliens

MORE and more Filipinos suspect that illegal aliens, including terrorists and fugitives, are being smuggled into the Philippines by human traffickers through the country’s backdoor. Of course, this is not surprising since the Bureau of Immigration (BI), which is under…

Free college education

UNKNOWN to many, a measure which provides free college education in state universities and colleges (SUCs) across the country is awaiting the signature of President Rodrigo R. Duterte. In fact, Sen. Sonny Angara expects Duterte to sign into law the…

Bank depositors

VARIOUS quarters, including the ordinary citizens, concede that the two-chamber Congress, as the legislative arm, is the first rampart of democracy that makes sure the people’s interests are protected. Thus, we doff our hat to well-meaning members of Congress who…

National ID system

TO millions of Filipinos, it’s time to hasten the passage of a law mandating the implementation of a national identification (ID) system in this poverty-stricken nation of more than 100 million people. The Marawi City siege, which has claimed the…

Peace talks

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte completes the first year of his six-year presidency on Friday, June 30, without any sign of backing off from his commitment to address the country’s major problems. In fact, the people applauded when the administration announced…

Shoring up SSS funds

A pension fund must run faster to stay ahead of the demands of its obligations to its members/contributors as well as their qualified beneficiaries/dependents. In fact it must always have an “actuarial” surplus in order to cover all demands for…

1st year (whirl) windfall

Most new Presidents mark their first year in office with a slow start. This is because they have to grapple with their learning curves. Not the case with President Duterte who promptly sprang into action and hit the ground running.…

Drug-using cops

DIRECTOR-General Ronald “Bato” M. dela Rosa, chief of the 170,000-strong Philippine National Police (PNP), has fired a total of 160 policemen found positive for substance abuse since last year. Various quarters believe that the PNP leadership’s nationwide campaign against drug-using…

Remorse, yes; retreat, no

True leaders do it—admit their mistakes and apologize for them. President Arroyo did it, saying: “I am sorry” for the “Hello, Garci” episode. President Aquino never apologized for everything, not even for the bungled Mamasapano operation that cost the lives…

Joint naval patrols

IF there’s one good lesson that can be learned from the raging battle in Marawi City, it is the need for the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia to work in unison as threats from extremist groups increase. Of course, it is…

Martial law extension

THERE’s now a snowballing move in the House of Representatives to work for the possible extension of the 60-day martial law (ML) in Mindanao due to continued fighting in Marawi City. Note that the 60-day martial law declared by President…

‘Night schools’

THE proposed setting up of more “night schools” is a welcome development in the government’s campaign to address the increasing number of school dropouts not only in the metropolis but elsewhere. Based on official records of the Department of Education…
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