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DOTC at fault for MRT-3 breakdowns

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At the Senate hearing last Monday on the problems of the Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT3), the resource persons, all from the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), made it appear that the owners of the train line, MRT Holdings, were at fault. (Resource persons from MRT Holdings were not invited to the hearing.) They even said that the DOTC would sue the owners for breach of contract for not buying more trains, in spite of the fact that the 500,000 passengers that ride the MRT every day cannot be accommodated with the present number of trains, and for its failure to maintain the trains properly.

Posted: September 3rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The other three-fourths

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Last week, Grace Poe took the MRT from North Avenue to Taft. This wasn’t the first time she had taken a city train, she used to take the LRT to UP Manila in her college years.

Posted: September 3rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Cultural heritage in rice

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When people speak of preserving heritage these days it often concerns a structure that is threatened by destruction or alteration all in the name of progress. Contrary to popular belief, heritage is not just for the rich and educated; it also manifests itself in our daily lives on our palate. Nobody will argue that food is heritage, that food reflects our history and culture like no other and should be nurtured, preserved and protected with the same vigor that we lobby for buildings and, in the case of the Torre de Manila, the preservation of a vista or view of the Rizal monument.

Posted: September 3rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Seasons

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Last Sunday I dropped by a friend’s place and found her in the kitchen with huge bowls of cashew nuts.

Posted: September 3rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Last night in Istanbul

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Our last day in this city, and in Turkey, actually began halfway through it, when we left the Grand Tarabya Hotel, on the banks of the Bosphorus at nearly noon.

Posted: September 3rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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