Real cops much different from action stars -- Gamboa

PHILIPPINE National Police chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa has underscored the need to come up with a physically fit and modernized police force knowing that unlike in the movies where the heroes kill countless villains in never-ending gunfights, there is no Take 2 for real policemen once they encounter ruthless criminals in the streets.

Shun politics

February 17, 2020
IN the Philippines, a graft-prone and impoverished Southeast Asian nation of more than 100 million people, it is said that one cannot adopt politics as a profession and remain honest.

The Manila Massacres

February 16, 2020
75 years ago today, the battle to re-take Manila from Japanese hands (Feb. 3 to Feb. 29, 1945) was raging. Days earlier, the Japanese forces, mostly naval troops under Sanji Iwabuchi, received the following orders which they carried out with deadly efficiency.

Vacant gov’t posts

February 16, 2020
DUE to alleged lack of jobs in the country, millions of Filipinos, including teachers, nurses, medical doctors, midwives, engineers and other college graduates, work in various parts of the world.

Hoping for a tougher vehicle, driver’s license test

I’M hoping and praying that the Department of Transportation and Land Transportation Office’s plan to get tougher on acquiring a driver’s license and registering a motor vehicle in the country would finally push thru without any hitches this year and would be fully supported by all government agencies concerned and the public in order to address expected corruption.


February 15, 2020
ALARMING and saddening is the report that 61 out of the 91 maritime schools in the Philippines have been recommended for closure, drawing the ire of seafarers and their millions of dependents.