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Circumstantial

In identifying an accused as the perpetrator of the crime, direct evidence or eyewitness account is not always necessary. A witness may not have actually seen the very act of commission of the crime, but he may nevertheless identify the accused through circumstantial evidence. What are the requirements in order …

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Too shy to follow the resign offer of Manila Water CEO

The hot summer is a yearly seasonal change in our country, usually starting in March and extending until May. The rainy months begin in June. With the advent of climate change, the summer season became a prolonged dry spell brought about by the so-called “El Niño” phenomenon. Its opposite, called …

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Political warlords

In one of the poorest provinces in the country, elections are a season of dread for many ordinary folk. A young man who has left the province with his brother and now works in Metro Manila told me that in the days leading up to the vote, the local political …

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SMC’s Ramon Ang offers free water; profiteers, keep out

That’s right. Free water. 140 million liters per day (MLD). Duly treated for human use. Ready for distribution to dried-up cities. Profiteers, stay away from this free water. Manila Water Co., after botching the supply to its concession area, should not sell it. Neither should water districts (WDs) that may …

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EDITORIAL – Perfect getaway vehicle

License plates don’t come free, and the proposed new plates for motorcycles are too big, according to critics of the new requirement. In fact the cost and design of the new plates have yet to be approved together with the implementing rules and regulations for Republic Act 11235 or the …

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No to marijuana

I’m pleased that President Rodrigo Duterte has expressed opposition to the legalization of marijuana. He made the announcement during the PDP-Laban campaign rally in Negros Occidental where he said he would not allow the cultivation of the plant in the country, and that legalizing cannabis (the other term for marijuana) …

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So much evil happening this Lenten season

Nine days ago, Cebu and later on the entire nation, was visibly disturbed by the brutal murder of Christine Lee Silawan, a Grade 9 student of Maribago National High School, who would have celebrated her 17th birthday on March 12. It was on early Sunday, March 10 morning that authorities …

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Reuse

Barely two weeks after he was appointed Environment Secretary, former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo asked now Buhay party-list representative Lito Atienza to make a report on the country’s water situation before the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC). That report, Atienza now recalls with some pride, must have impressed Arroyo. In …

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Most dangerous country to live in?

THE PHILIPPINES is the most dangerous country to live in? It all depends on whom you ask, what your politics is, who is conducting the survey, and a host of other factors. Everything considered, my answer would be: The Philippines may not really be the most dangerous place to live …

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EDITORIAL – Dengue epidemic

Even with El Niño and the onset of summer, mosquitoes are all over this tropical archipelago, transmitting viruses that bring diseases and even death. From Jan. 1 to March 3 this year, the Department of Health recorded 40,614 cases of dengue nationwide, up from 24,231 cases during the same period …

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