EDITORIAL

Bracing up for 2015


The outbreak of Ebola virus epidemic in February in West Africa infecting over 19,000 people and killing at least 7,000 people, the most severe both in terms of numbers of infections and casualties, ushered us early into the challenges of the year 2014. However, if we thought 2014 was a very bad year, records prove otherwise, at least not when it comes to nature and ‘acts of God.’ Continue reading

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On Obama’s immigration action: Well done, Mr. President


President Barack Obama’s executive action staying the deportation of some 300,000 of them and some 4 million others of various nationalities who have been in the US for the last five years certainly gave relief and hope to thousands of fellow Filipinos, allowing them to surface in the open and work or study. Although thousands of other illegal immigrants have not been covered as yet, it is something that all those who qualified can look forward to starting February next year when applications will be accepted. Continue reading

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No term extension for Pnoy


Finally, Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III made it clear that he has no intentions of extending his stay in Malacanang by seeking a second term in office. In clear terms, the Chief Executive said at a Makati forum with CEOs: “There are some quarters that were saying I should try and go for a second term. I don’t think that’s a right solution.” Continue reading

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Fanning fire vs US pact


Peace in the ties of the Philippines and the United States has been broken with the killing of a Filipino transgender in Olongapo City reportedly by a US Marine. The marine participated in the just concluded joint amphibious landing war exercises of American and Philippine forces called PHIBLEX . Continue reading

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On four-day workweek in Metro Manila


The Civil Service Commission has approved the implementation of four-day workweek in government offices in Metro Manila under certain conditions. Under the scheme, work will be stretched from eight to ten hours a day to be able to drop a day in the work week. The scheme though is only voluntary and available only to agencies which are qualified under its rules Continue reading

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Bosses or voices?


When Communications Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr. was asked what made President Benigno “P-Noy” Aquino III change his mind about amending the Philippine Constitution and pursuing a term extension, he said, “What is essential for the President is to know the sentiments of his ‘bosses,’ the Filipino people. Continue reading

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The Biggest Threat


Many Filipinos, particularly the politicians and their supporters, are currently engrossed in earth-shaking exposes on scandals and perceived anomalies that could bring down their opponents way before the May 2016 presidential and local elections. It’s their strategy to promote themselves as the victory-assured and viable leaders of the future. Yet, there are many concerns that are not given much attention by many, which, when they actually happen, could wreak havoc in the lives of a vast population. Continue reading

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Goodbye, Robin Williams


Ten thousand miles across the Pacific Ocean, Filipinos in the Philippines, stars and personalities included, are grieving over the untimely death of Hollywood actor Robin Williams in his house in Tiburon in the San Francisco Bay Area. The reason for this is that Filipinos were among his big fans and ardent followers with his memorable performance in movies such as Good Morning Continue reading

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Cheers and Jeers for SONA


Going into his last two years in office, President Benigno S. Aquino III delivered his 5th State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 27 before the joint session of Congress. As usual, the Chief Executive’s report on his administration’s accomplishments was glowing but was wanting on many other issues. Thus, as in his other SONAs, the report drew cheers and support and jeers, especially from his known critics. Continue reading

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U.S. Senate’s praiseworthy stand on disputed waters


In its biggest show of support yet, the United States Senate has adopted a resolution supporting the Philippines and other countries in their stand for the peaceful settlement of the territorial and maritime disputes over the West Philippine Sea and the South China Sea. The measure, US Senate Resolution No. 412, is entitled “Reaffirming the strong support of the United States Government Continue reading

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