Monthly Archives: June 2014

Stagnation Or Reform – Narrowing Choices for Our Economic Future?


“We meet today during a period of fundamental change in our economy. Our population is growing older. The skills needed in today’s workforce are shifting. Global competition for business and investment is becoming more intense. And technological innovation is happening at a rapid speed. Our core responsibility is to make sure our economy is as vibrant and robust for our children and grandchildren as it was for previous generations.” ~ Jack Lew, June 2014 Continue reading

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The Self-Perpetuating Elite of the Philippines


In the American magazine Foreign Affairs published in July of 1968, a young Filipino senator introduced his country to the American people as “a land in which a few are spectacularly rich while the masses remain abjectly poor. . . . a land consecrated to democracy but run by an Continue reading

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Wonders of exercise


Yes, very much so. To illustrate a point, let us exaggerate and consider a situation that is extreme: a person who is bedridden, a stroke victim or a quadriplegic, someone practically unable to move. What happens? The muscles all over the body atrophy and in most Continue reading

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‘Freedom of Information Act’ sa Amerika


Wala pang isang linggo matapos akong tumapak sa US, ang unang naging trabaho ko ay sa law office ni Andrew Sagartz. Ang tanging alam ko ay ang saligang-batas ng US na di nabago mahigit dalawang siglo sapul nang isulat at maratipikahan ng sambayanang Amerikano. Continue reading

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San Francisco -The city I left behind-Part One


San Francisco or SF to us natives has an exotic quality about it compared to your average American city with its look-a-like brown stone dwellings, the socialist glass boxes we call modern office and government buildings. I left SF when I was a kid. In a previous article Continue reading

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Desiderata Dissected (Part II – On being on good terms and speaking your truth)


“As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons”. Being on good terms with someone is at least to agree on something, to uphold a common ideal or perhaps to work for a common good. Yet although these realities are assumed from a civilized society, the diversity and divergence of individuals present this proposal as a Continue reading

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Rebuilding U.S. – Philippine Alliance


Recently, China confirmed that construction work is ongoing at the Mabini Reef (Johnson South Reef) in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). However, she declined to say what she’s constructing. She told the Philippines that it’s none of her business because the area is “Chinese territory.” Continue reading

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Pass the Freedom of Information Bill Now!


Despite the apparent reluctance of President Aquino to pursue the passing of the Freedom of Information Bill (FOI), it was passed by the Senate last March. Under the measure, citizens will have the right to request and be granted access to records or information that is under the control of government, subject to reasonable exceptions. Continue reading

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Aga Muhlach, Charlene have split up?


June 16, 2014
Showbiz has swirled with rumors that real husband and wife Aga Muhlach and Charlene Gonzales have called it quits. The rumors were fanned by a blind item detailing the alleged separation of a celebrity couple. The item, however, did not name names. Continue reading

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Tawi-Tawi’s Turtle Islands eyed for ecotourism


June 16, 2014
DAVAO CITY – Ecotourism projects aimed at protecting endangered marine species and help sustain community-based tourism enterprises are being developed on Turtle Islands, one of the world’s major nesting sites of marine turtles located in the country’s southernmost frontier. Continue reading

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