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The arrest last Sunday of former Pagadian City mayor Samuel Co and his wife trains the spotlight back on the sordid case of the P12-billion Aman Futures scam that was said to have bilked some 15,000 investors, mostly in Mindanao and the Visayas. The case, still unresolved at this time with the principal accused having jumped the border to Malaysia, not only involved billions of pesos but also many prominent personalities, among them military personnel and politicians such as Co and his wife.
By Neal H. Cruz
The hot topic among Filipinos at present involves the videos of Interior Secretary Mar Roxas and Tacloban Mayor Alfred Romualdez at a meeting with 30 other national and local officials immediately after Supertyphoon “Yolanda” flattened the city and other communities in Leyte and Samar. There are two videos: the first was shown on YouTube by Romualdez’s camp, and the other, longer one was released by Roxas’ camp.
By Conrado de Quiros
Time’s article on Pope Francis explaining why he is the magazine’s Person of the Year made this observation at one point: “John Paul II and Benedict XVI were professors of theology. Francis is a former janitor, nightclub bouncer, chemical technician and literature teacher.”
By Michael L. Tan
What an understatement that term is, especially when used to charge bus drivers who get into deadly accidents. Whether one or 18 fatalities, as in the Skyway accident last Monday, reckless imprudence is totally unacceptable.
By Rina Jimenez-David
“The mountains are turning green,” several survivors of “Yolanda” told counselors visiting Tacloban from Manila. The “greening” mountains were seen as signs of hope and a brighter future, at least according to Imelda “Emy” Villar, a psychologist and a sister at TOWNS Foundation.
By Bobby M. Tuazon
The government’s top-to-bottom master plan to rebuild Eastern Visayas is bound to fail if not crystallized by consultations with the communities devastated by Supertyphoon “Yolanda.” The National Economic and Development Authority’s “Yolanda Recovery and Reconstruction Plan” relies heavily on foreign assistance and private investments. It aims to ensure livelihood and jobs in the region, among others, but says nothing about engaging the millions of displaced families, particularly poor coastal communities, in planning and implementation—an absence that spells more catastrophe as lessons in postcalamity rebuilding programs in many countries show.
By William Lacy Swing
For several years I have been saying that migration can be summed up by a series of “D” words: demographics, disasters, demand, disparities and dreams. This year I am adding a new “D”: desperation.
Please allow us to clarify the reference to the “Aboitiz Group” in the front-page article titled “Collusion eyed in power rate hike” (Front Page, 12/11/13).
I am a son of the late Policarpio M. Calayag and Estrellita E. Calayag. My father worked at Central Azucarera de Tarlac from 1960-1999. In the course of his employment he suffered a slipped disk and later contracted lung cancer which was ruled compensable by the Social Security System (SSS) under Presidential Decree No. 626, as amended. The slipped disk was earlier ruled compensable under the Employees Compensation and Social Security laws effective June 1998 through January 1999 or for a period of eight months; the EC death benefit, starting February 1999, guaranteed for 60 months.
Heart is what makes a man real “conqueror” in victory. Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao’s dominance of the hard-hitting, pressure fighter Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios was awesome. The same “old” Pacman is not only back, he is back smarter and stronger.
There are reports that some retail stores in Metro Manila and other places in the country are selling relief items donated by foreign countries for the benefit of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” victims.
By Juan L. Mercado
Inquirer’s headline summed up the festering issue: “Some journalists had it coming, the probers say.” They were referring to the recent killings that victimized three Mindanao—no, not journalists—“block-timers.”