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Pilgrimage to Manaoag a disappointment

Last Holy Thursday (April 17), my family and I traveled to the Shrine of the Blessed Virgin of Manaoag in Pangasinan. Given that it was a day when hundreds of thousands of Filipinos trek to the provinces to spend the holidays in their hometowns, we were not surprised to encounter horrendous bottlenecks on the entire length of MacArthur Highway and North Luzon Expressway (NLEx). From Quezon City, it took us a full seven hours to reach Manaoag, “helped” along by uncouth drivers who barreled through the unpaved shoulders of NLEx, further clogging the already jammed superhighway.

Posted: April 24th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Enough already; Cudia a closed case

What happened to former cadet Aldrin Jeff Cudia should not discourage young men and women who want to enter the Philippine Military Academy (PMA).

Posted: April 24th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Firm’s Gipap program was never a clinical trial

This refers to the news item on Dario Raagas (“Yolanda hero Dario Raagas fights for his life vs giant drug firm Novartis,” News, 4/12/14). May we clarify that the Glivec International Patient Assistance Program (Gipap) is not a clinical trial.

Posted: April 24th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

PH in quandary

The reason Chinese officials refuse and reject the “memorial” submitted to the United Nations for arbitration is that they know that, in their row with the Philippines over disputed islands like the Ayungin Shoal, their claim has no basis while that of the Philippines is rightful. China fears it cannot justify its claim, not even with the maps it has. But the Philippines has 40 maps, as well as other relevant documents, to support its claim.

Posted: April 23rd, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Cancer patients can live productive life

This is in reaction to the story, “Yolanda hero Dario Raagas fights for his life vs giant drug firm Novartis” (News, 4/12/14). To remove any confusion and anguish the article might have caused patients and caregivers under Touched By Max Philippines (TBM), allow me to share my thoughts about the treatment.

Posted: April 23rd, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Is NFA indifferent to private traders?

This April the National Food Authority, with a budget of P17.1 billion, is set to import 800,000 metric tons (mt) of rice, through a surprise public tender among foreign traders and grains exporters with clearly separate and differing international quotes.

Posted: April 23rd, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Too early to talk about 2016 ‘presidentiables’

This refers to Conrado de Quiros column “‘Tuloy Poe Kayo’” (Opinion, 4/3/14). I find it very suggestive: De Quiros fancies Sen. Grace Poe training her sights on the 2016 presidential race. It’s too early to make speculations about the 2016 elections. It’s premature to worry about who should run for president two years from now.

Posted: April 23rd, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Where admin’s PPP is failing

This is in reaction to Rina Jimenez-David’s “A new airport for Cebu” (Opinion, 4/6/14) and Conrado R. Banal III’s “The cost is clear” (Business, 4/3/14). This may partake of a “postmortem” at this stage, but the observations presented here may still deserve further public thought.

Posted: April 22nd, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Twisting the language

Several years ago, former columnist and radio commentator Larry Henares repopularized a phrase to describe a good number of his countrymen (not all, fortunately!) as “little brown Americans” and for good reason. Our topic here is little brown

Posted: April 22nd, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Urgent rehabilitation of Manila’s Baywalk needed

Whatever happened to the much-touted and much-trumpeted Baywalk “makeover” plan of the Department of Tourism and the Department of Public Works and Highways along the famed Roxas Boulevard in Manila?

Posted: April 22nd, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Wrong shift to ‘broker anonymity’

I heard that a shift to “broker anonymity” is being considered by the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE). The PSE has been very transparent the past two decades, and it has been doing fine.

Posted: April 22nd, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Why Tiamzons refused to enter any plea

1. The basic constitutional right of the accused to be informed meaningfully of the nature and cause of the very serious accusations against them overrides any short, but reasonable, deferment of their arraignment for another date.

Posted: April 22nd, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

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