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The yearend celebration will be particularly poignant because of the recent calamities that hit the country. A big number of Filipinos are in mourning and hard put to look to the new year with hope. It is but fitting for those fortunate to be spared tremendous loss, whether personal or material, to respect those who have lost everything. They can start by shunning the ostentation—let alone noise, to speak nothing of risk to life and limb—of expensive firecrackers and fireworks.
By Solita Collas-Monsod
The electricity market has been in the news lately, with the huge spike in the price of electricity for the customers of Meralco (70 percent of Luzon). My knowledge of this market amounting to not much, I decided to bone up on it before adding my voice to the cacophony of opinions, and recommendations.
By Roberto F. de Ocampo
For a basketball-crazed country like the Philippines, the phrase “last three minutes” conjures up the feverish excitement of being able to put the finishing touches to an apparent march to victory or to come from behind to “snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.” Neither of these is easy to accomplish and both require steel nerves, intestinal fortitude, and calm yet decisive resolve. This imagery is analogous to the situation in which the present administration finds itself. Some would venture to say that for this administration, the halfway mark is at hand. I tend to view the situation with somewhat more urgency and thus think in terms of its approaching the last three minutes of the ball game.
By Juan L. Mercado
The traditional “Misa de Gallo” starts on Dec. 16 and ends on Christmas Eve. And once again, the features of a grime-streaked beggar who wouldn’t budge from the church door will haunt us.
By Mahar Mangahas
The release of new poverty statistics last Monday, by the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB), was the very first time the government made two reports on poverty in a single year. The first one, on April 23, 2013, referred to poverty in the first semester of 2012. The second one, on Dec. 9, 2013, refers to it in the full year of 2012, and hence implicitly adds new data for the second semester of 2012. It was also the first time for data of a reference year to be reported within 12 months; ordinarily, it would only be in February 2014 that the public would learn about official poverty in 2012.
By Neni Sta. Romana Cruz
I knew I was off to a great start when I began my private celebration of Andres Bonifacio’s 150th birth anniversary with the Gantimpala Theater musicale “Mga Anak ng Bayan,” written by Bonifacio Ilagan and directed by Joel Lamangan.
By Mario Guariña III
The “Evangelli Gaudium” issued by Pope Francis last Nov. 24 is arguably the most important document to come out of the papal office this year. It lays down the social challenges that the Pope finds in today’s world. In a brief but powerful message, he reveals the need to apply ethical norms, not only in matters of private concern, but also to the great areas of politics and economics.
Urban poor leaders advocating amendments to the 1992 Urban Development and Housing Act (UDHA) visited the House of Representatives and Senate early December to hand over copies of a letter to certain legislators. In that letter, they thanked the lawmakers for legislation that favored the poor and asked for their continued support for the poor. They also sought their help to get the UDHA amended. The group believes that the proposed amendments to the UDHA will address and solve many present-day housing issues, including eviction.
This is regarding the complaint of Rodolfo M. Cunanan about his permanent total disability claim, which was denied by Social Security System Tarlac (“SSS member entitled to permanent total disability benefits,” Letters, 8/9/13).
I loved reading Neal H. Cruz’s comments regarding the suggestions on how to handle Manny Pacquiao’s tax case (Opinion, 12/6, 9/13) as put forth by some of his colleagues in Congress, most of whom, our people thought, could be trusted to handle the sensitive responsibilities of a lawmaker. Stupid they may be, but crazy they are not.
For the second time in as many years, the Quezon City government has swooped down on the Manila Seedling Bank Foundation (MSBF) garden and padlocked it, preventing customers from entering. The timing is very unfortunate because it is during the Christmas season that many customers buy plants and flowers, especially poinsettias. The closure will mean [...]
By Amando Doronila
Panfilo Lacson, the Aquino administration’s overall “manager and coordinator” of the reconstruction of areas devastated by monster Typhoon “Yolanda,” took office on Monday, in the midst of a tumultuous controversy between the national government and local authorities over Manila’s slow-motion relief and rehabilitation assistance to the stricken communities. The discordant note not only threatened [...]