Opinion

Port congestion returns to pester Metro Manila

REPORTS of port congestion in Manila will hopefully nudge policymakers to revisit plans to move much of the shipping and logistics operations from the National Capital Region (NCR or Metro Manila) to Batangas. The problem comes at a bad time when economic recovery seems to be picking up pace. Higher …

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Manila International Book Fair at 43

A mask-wearing visitor checks out books inside one of the many booths of the Manila International Book Fair at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. PHOTO BY ALVIN I. DACANAY AFTER an absence of two years, the Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) returned to …

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Govt inaction on Masungi invasion is inexcusable

Location of the Masungi Georeserve. (Inset: Masungi Rock) PHOTOS FROM GOOGLE EARTH FOR nearly three weeks, an armed invasion of land belonging to the Republic of the Philippines has been ongoing, and the government has done virtually nothing to stop it. This is an utterly shameful abrogation of responsibility to …

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Govt should build on success of 4Ps ‘graduation’ program

Residents of Barangay Pasong Tamo in Quezon City are herded at a covered court during the Department of Social Welfare and Development 4Ps’ — Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program — verification of application for conditional cash grants to indigents on June 18, 2021. This is part of the government’s program to …

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Crying foul over basketball ‘poaching’

Kiefer Ravena FIBA PHOTO LESS than a year before the Philippines co-hosts the FIBA World Cup, our basketball officials are wrangling over the exodus of elite Filipino players to leagues overseas. The problem is a serious distraction to preparations for the event, although the officials have assured that it will …

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Manila court wrong about Leftist rebels

WE disagree with the Manila Regional Trial Court ruling on the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its military wing, the New People's Army (NPA). The authorities should pursue to have these groups legally declared as terrorist organizations, perhaps by appealing the decision and filing another case under the …

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Stable policies attract more foreign investors

Philippines President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. addresses the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York City on September 20, 2022. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) THE government should study whether talk of amending or discarding the 1987 Constitution undermine efforts to draw …

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Leveling up support for the book industry

National Book Development Board Executive Director Charisse Aquino-Tugade is interviewed by Dante ‘Klink’ Ang 2nd (not pictured) during his ‘Business and Politics’ show on the SMNI news channel. PHOTO BY J. GERARD SEGUIA THE big crowds that visited during the three days of the recent Manila International Book Fair are …

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In craving for attention, Kim should be ignored

NUCLEAR-ARMED STATE This picture taken on Sept. 8, 2022, and released by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency on September 9 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivering a speech at the second-day sitting of the 7th Session of the 14th Supreme People’s Assembly of the Democratic People’s …

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PH should keep talking to China

REPORTS of possibly restarting negotiations with China on a joint oil and gas exploration project reveal the difficulties of dealing with a superpower bent on having its way. Still, talking and disagreeing seem better than the alternative. Few people probably expected that talking to China, an economic and a military …

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