Opinion

Better nets

In this year’s Trafficking in Persons Report from the State Department of the US, our country has maintained the highest possible ranking at Tier 1, for the sixth consecutive year – all in spite of the ongoing pandemic. A Tier 1 ranking means the nation meets the current international standard …

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The right choice for justice secretary

The Supreme Court lifted its controversial order issued in 2014 preventing the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and Bureau of Customs (BOC) from imposing excise tax on the importation of gasoline blended stock by Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp. (Shell). The BIR and BOC can now start demanding Shell to pay …

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Manny Pacquiao, Isko Moreno for 2022

Dear Manny Pacquiao. This is my third column about you this year. I am not even your fan. My instinct tells me you are sincere and you want to do good via politics. Well and good, so read me carefully. Yes, we need a lot of political reform, sincere politicians …

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State of no advancement

Today’s column is not about President Duterte’s scheduled, mandated by law, State Of the Nation Address but since everybody is focusing on SONA speeches and reviews, it seems illogical to swim upstream or against the current, especially when the other available topics are generally limited to the Delta Variant or …

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‘Maraming salamat’

A couple of days ago I was in New Clark City, planting a Narra tree to mark the new Central Park – which will be the biggest public park in the Philippines in over half a century. The UK is helping realize this stunning vision – a wonderful green space, …

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Tales of Philippine elections

The Philippines is entering a political period which used to be called the “nominating” process the period when the political parties would choose their presidential, vice presidential and senatorial candidates. Before the Marcos martial law, this used to be an exciting process, and there were times choices for party candidates …

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Toxic and delicious food

Arsenic and Adobo” is the first part in the Tita Rosie Mystery series of Filipina-American writer Mia Manansala. Published by Berkley for Penguin Random House, it was touted by Buzzfeed as one of the highly anticipated novels for the year. The buzz seems to be spot-on, for this is a …

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Surveys

Politicians leading in the surveys concerning “presidentiables” should be reminded that the elections are still a long way off. Survey frontliners should not be hubristic or overconfident. Between now and May 9, 2022 – election day – many things can happen. Filipino voters are fickle-minded; they easily change their minds. …

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Sufficient proof

One of the means of establishing the legitimate filiation or fatherhood of a child is by admission in a public document or a private document signed by the parent concerned. But will the affixing of the thumb mark by the father be sufficient? This is the main issue raised and …

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The importance of good counsel

Over and over we have been told that seeking good counsel is important. As an educator I have learned many times, and perhaps even the hard way, on how seeking the wisdom of others have proven to be helpful in terms of personal growth. In every situation, there are many …

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