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In aid of re-election

Before they adjourned for the election campaign period, both chambers of the 17th Congress passed a slew of proposed bills, a number of which were signed into law on various dates by President Rodrigo Duterte. But quite a number also got vetoed by President Duterte due to purported constitutional infirmities …

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Racists?

There’s a large vacant lot near my home that has been fenced off with metal sheets painted red. Red lanterns were later hung at the entrance, over which a large sign was installed, displaying Chinese characters with no English translation. Initially I guessed that it might be the site of …

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Filipinos untrained, unaware of skills most in demand

What has TESDA been doing all these years? That question was first in everyone’s mind when President Duterte talked about a shortage of skilled workers. The role of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority is to produce not only able but also apt workers. That is, it must train …

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EDITORIAL – Veil of secrecy

Through several administrations and for many years now, Congress has been urged to ease bank secrecy laws in connection with certain offenses. Lawmakers have consistently rejected the proposal, even if it fueled speculation that a number of them have self-preservation in mind. Among the biggest advocates of easing bank secrecy …

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Red Cross acts on measles outbreak

I’m impressed by how fast the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) acts in times of emergencies and calamities of all sorts – devastating typhoons, floods, fires, accidents, and the latest, the measles outbreak. The quick- as -lightning response is in keeping with the humanitarian organization’s mantra, which goes, “Always first, always …

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Speaker Gloria Arroyo held meetings in Cebu

Last week, our good friend Commodore Robert “Bobby” Joseph was guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Metro Cebu at the Casino Español headed by president Bobby Tito Pacana. The major difference between my Rotary Club of Cebu (mother) and the Metro Rotary Club is that they have women members …

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Tariffied

President Duterte signed into law a bill that will finally end quantitative restrictions on rice importation and impose tariffs on rice imports. This will have profound effects on our agricultural sector and will likely drag our rice industry, screaming and kicking, into the 21st century. Of course, the usual Luddites …

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Sara could succeed Duterte as president

DAVAO City Mayor Inday Sara to succeed her father Rodrigo Duterte as president? Considering the electorate that we have, that’s possible! With many stressed Filipinos having grown weary, and with our political immune system critically low at this time, many of us may just resign to a strong-willed woman like …

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EDITORIAL – Murder on EDSA

Even with an election gun ban in place, assassins continue to roam. Last Sunday on a sunny afternoon, along the busiest thoroughfare in the country, a member of the prominent Yulo clan was shot dead in his van together with his driver while a female companion was wounded. Businessman Jose …

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