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By Conrado de Quiros
What Manny Pacquiao did not get from his government, he got from his countrymen. After coming home not to a ticker tape parade but to a tax evader’s charade, he flew to Tacloban City where he was hailed, despite somber skies and the still somber mood of a stricken population, as a returning hero. [...]
By Randy David
Endorsements and recommendations are such a commonplace in a sharply hierarchical society like ours that it is difficult to say what legal significance they may have. When a person occupying a high political or social rank endorses an individual for appointment, or a contractor for a project, or an applicant for public assistance, what kind [...]
By Ma. Ceres P. Doyo
Last week Agence France Presse reported on the case of a Pacific islander who had sought refugee status in New Zealand by arguing that his homeland, the island-nation Kiribati, is known to be sinking. His case received media attention. But the judge dismissed his case as “unconvincing” and “novel.” Ioane Teitiota, 37, whose visa had [...]
By Peter Wallace
I’ve seen some very disturbing numbers that Mighty Corp. has to refute far better than it has so far. Let me start with just one—cost of manufacture. Over the past 11 months since the sin tax increase, Mighty, a small (3 percent of the market at the time) cigarette manufacturer owned by a Mr. Wong [...]
By Mr. Rapid Eye Monday
It was exactly a week before my 21st birthday when I found out that I’m never going to be able to leave my parents’ house, get an apartment in Manila and work for a Fortune 100 company, or visit the Grand Canyon in the United States, or have kids of my own, or get health [...]
By Narciso M. Reyes Jr.
While the pious among us continue to wag accusing fingers at the looters in devastated Tacloban City, it would be wise for them to pause and reflect on the universality of this seemingly perverse human instinct. For it is obvious that just as in individuals there is a tipping point in behavior when civility or [...]
The rebuilding of the Visayas provinces devastated by a major earthquake and Supertyphoon “Yolanda” should not be led by a so-called “reconstruction czar.” The government should not assume that the success of massive rehabilitation depends on one man. Given the scale of the devastation in terms of human lives lost and missing persons, livelihoods and [...]
We the Filipino people are grateful to the Supreme Court for slaying the pork barrel system which allowed us to be robbed of billions of pesos in a span of one year. For the record and for posterity to remember, we hail Justice Estela Bernabe who wrote the decision and the justices who unanimously voted [...]
Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (Nov. 8, 2013) and Typhoon “Santi” (Oct. 12-13, 2013) trimmed 15 percent of the estimated 2013 last-quarter palay yield. An estimated 343,103 hectares of paddy were ravaged by Yolanda and Santi. They would have produced more than 1.029 million metric tons (mmt) of palay, which would be equivalent to 669,050 mt of rice [...]
This refers to Bernardo V. Peralta’s letter about the Social Security System (SSS) titled “Are very low SSS pensions moral?” published in the Inquirer on Nov. 4. The amount of pension is based on the highest computation resulting from the three formulas provided by the Social Security Law. A major factor in pension computation is [...]
Four hundred thirty-one HIV cases—the highest number of cases reported in a month this year. The Department of Health announced that number and that claim only in June. But a month later, that figure would be breached with 449 new cases, a record high that didn’t last long. In October, the number climbed to 491, a new benchmark that’s about 66 percent higher than the 295 cases reported in the same month last year.
By Conrado de Quiros
P-Noy has appointed Ping Lacson rehabilitation czar. That is either inspired or mad. But then the line distinguishing inspiration from madness is a very fine one.