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Amid the many scandals that have been rocking the country, it is disheartening to note that the number of our “social firebrands” is dwindling.
To be sure, the Supreme Court decision on the Reproductive Health (RH) Law has touched some people’s raw nerve. The Inquirer in its editorials of April 10 (“Win-win-lose”) and April 11 (“What’s next for RH”) reflects this mood, and its reaction is understandable. For years, its position has always been one of all-out support for RH.
This is in reaction to Mahar Mangahas’s column titled “Maldistribution of rice” (Opinion, 3/22/14). It seems that his column is suggesting the “liberalization” of the Philippine rice industry by promoting “rice trade” in the context of “income and food security” rather than “self-sufficiency.” Mangahas delved into the possibility of removing the quantitative restriction on rice and opening a free market on imported rice instead.
This could be the 2016 elections. If good leaders emerge, the economy will grow and become inclusive. If not, hunger, poverty and desperation will hasten the nation’s descent into a failed state status. To avoid the latter, each and every Filipino must ensure a positive outcome in 2016.
This is in reference to the editorial titled “Water warning” (4/13/14), which associated the Holy Week water service interruption of Maynilad with the dry season and the decreasing water level in Angat Dam.
Dennis Cunanan claimed in recent news reports that the Technology Resource Center (TRC) under him processed PDAF (Priority Development Assistance Fund) allocations from the office of Manila Rep. Amado Bagatsing. In the affidavit he submitted to the Department of Justice, Cunanan also averred that the purported PDAF of Representative Bagatsing found their way from the TRC into bogus nongovernmental organizations linked to Janet Lim-Napoles. This claim by Cunanan is patently false. As stated emphatically by Representative Bagatsing, he never coursed his PDAF through the TRC and “has never endorsed Masaganang Ani or any NGO linked to Napoles.”
With all due respect, please allow me to react to the letter Marissu G. Bugante, vice president for public affairs of the Social Security System (“SSS benefits higher since January 2014,” Opinion, 4/7/14).
Bugante made that assertion in reply to Bernardo Peralta’s letter (“What, only 3 pension increases in 14 years?” Opinion, 3/11/14).
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines-Quezon Chapter strongly condemns the fatal attack against our colleague Rubylita Garcia, 52, a reporter for Remate.
We dare Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma and the rest of the Aquino Cabinet to take the daily commute from their homes to their offices without using their gas-guzzling and non-environment-friendly SUVs before lecturing the commuting public on “using alternatives” to the Metro Rail Transit.
You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.
We’re glad Rina Jimenez-David has taken a keen interest in the modernization of the Mactan Cebu International Airport (“Still on the Cebu airport,” Opinion, 4/11/14). Allow us, however, to clarify some of the issues she raised.
Three years ago, the Philippine Medical Association (PMA) tried to negotiate a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Bureau of Internal Revenue’s deputy commissioner-operations group, Nelson M. Aspe, for a more professional and friendly relationship between physicians and the agency, particularly relative to their responsibilities in tax assessment, compliance and collection. I was in that meeting held at the Unilab Auditorium, but I am not privy as to the reason it failed to achieve its purpose.