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Sen. Bongbong Marcos had an artful answer when asked about the Presidential Commission on Good Government’s recovery of the remaining $29 million (about P1.3 billion) of the multimillion-dollar Swiss bank deposits stashed away by his father, the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.
By Solita Collas-Monsod
Three cheers for University of the Philippines Diliman. It refused to be rushed into approving the proposal to change the academic calendar from June-April to August-May and, when it was discussed in its University Council, disapproved it, calling for careful study. The 5-page proposal was apparently unsupported by any real evidence.
The appearance of potential state’s witness Ruby Tuason at the hearing yesterday (Thursday) of the Senate blue ribbon committee can be described in one word: underwhelming. She began the hearing, the eighth that the committee has conducted to investigate the so-called pork barrel scam, surrounded by a waiting public’s highest expectations. She left it, some five hours later, attended by more questions than answers.
By Neal H. Cruz
Today, Valentine’s Day, love not only your spouse and/or your significant other but also the environment. Your life and happiness—and theirs, too—depend on it. You can change your significant other and even your spouse, but not the environment we all live in. We are all stuck with it.
By Amando Doronila
The dramatic surge in the number of unemployed Filipinos to more than 12 million in the last quarter of 2013 sent the Aquino administration scrambling for an explanation for the spiral despite its claim that the economy grew 7.2 percent last year.
In the worsening dispute over China’s aggressive expansionism in the West Philippine Sea, President Aquino and the national government can rely on robust public support.
By Randy David
In the small neighborhood on the UP campus where I live, I often see a young boy in a wheelchair breeze past my house.
By Conrado de Quiros
I share Carlos Conde’s sentiments completely. Conde is the Philippine researcher for Human Rights Watch, Asia division, and he complains bitterly about Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s remarks at the Senate and the senators’ response to them.
Last Friday was to have been a day of reprieve for Don Mariano Transit, the bus company whose seven franchises were cancelled by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board in the wake of an accident in December in which one of its buses fell off the Skyway and killed 21 people. The official cause was the unsafe, worn-out condition of the bus tires; the vehicle was also said to have an unregistered bus chassis.
By Neal H. Cruz
How did Ayala Land manage to have a joint venture agreement (JVA) with the National Housing Authority (NHA) to develop the North Triangle area into a business district? That’s government property, and the law mandates the conduct of a public bidding before it can be assigned to a private developer. Was such a bidding held? If it was an unsolicited proposal by Ayala, was it subjected to a Swiss challenge by other developers, as the law requires? The task of the NHA is to provide housing for the poor. Why has it entered into a deal to construct expensive commercial, residential, and business buildings for the rich in the remaining open space in Metro Manila?
By Conrado de Quiros
For all the trials and tribulations associated with being a whistle-blower, here more than elsewhere, we have not lacked for heroic ones. That is no small blessing.
First, the good news. The government has finally awarded the contract to replace the old magnetic-based ticketing system on LRT Lines 1 and 2 and MRT Line 3 with a smart-card technology to promote efficient passenger transfer to other rail lines and reduce the inconvenience caused by ticket payment delays. It will also address concerns about outdated technology of the MRT and LRT fare ticketing systems and increase collection efficiency by cutting leakage and fraud.