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There are inspiring reasons why Filipino women should salute themselves in marking International Women’s Day today.
By Solita Collas-Monsod
It is not as if this is the first time we are told that a great number of professionals (e.g., lawyers, accountants, doctors), and the rest of their self-employed, “own-account” brethren, don’t seem to be paying their fair share of taxes. One certainly remembers that P-Noy made a point of it in his State of the Nation Address. It’s been written about at any time these past 20 years, including by yours truly, who also brought it out in any number of speeches in front of professional organizations.
By Juan L. Mercado
Marking the first year as pope is an “arbitrary measure for a 2,000-year-old institution that thinks in terms of centuries,” notes the newspaper Guardian. That provides context for Pope Francis, who’ll complete his first year as pontiff on March 13.
By Ricardo J. Romulo
Few laws, if any, have received the minute scrutiny the Supreme Court justices gave Republic Act No. 10175. Thus, if I were a law dean, I would encourage my faculty, particularly those handling constitutional law and criminal law, to team-teach an elective to study the ramifications of the recent en banc decision of the high court on the consolidated cases questioning RA 10175, or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012. The consolidated decision (the “Cyber Law decision,” for short), which disposed of several cases that was headed by Jose Jesus M. Disini Jr. et al. vs The Secretary of Justice et al., G.R. No. 203335, was issued last Feb. 18.
Last week, Social Weather Stations released its December 2013 survey findings that 86 percent of Filipino adults nationwide were happy with life in general, and 83 percent of them were satisfied with their lives.
By Neni Sta. Romana Cruz
When teachers introduce themselves and their careers with an apologetic “I am only a teacher,” my hackles are raised and I never pass up the chance to chide them and remind them about the vital role they play in the nurturing of hearts and minds.
By Ernesto M. Pernia
Persistent poverty has been perennially bugging the national leadership and society at large even during periods of economic growth appreciably higher than the long-term norm. It is intimately linked to joblessness, which the Social Weather Stations’ latest survey reported last Feb. 11 at 25.2 percent for 2013 (roughly equivalent to the official un- + under-employment at 24.4 percent), creating quite a media stir. Coincidentally, the SWS news appeared on the same day that the National Economic and Development Authority came out with the updated Philippine Development Plan (PDP), on which the Cabinet was reported to have met for eight hours.
Why do China’s leaders refuse to recognize the authority of the United Nations when this is the place to settle disputes between/among nations, and the main purpose for which it was formed is to maintain world peace and promote progress?
This refers to the Feb. 21 editorial titled “Cover of darkness.” What is the national government doing about mining in the province of Cagayan? The Mining Industry Coordinating Council already recommended stopping mining activities in the country.
In his column titled “Inside story of Roxas’ hijacking of Revilla” (Front Page, 1/27/14), Amando Doronila once again showed his unabashed and deep-seated bias against President Aquino and high officials of his administration.
I must acknowledge a debt of thanks and apologize to the Social Security System in relation to my claim that I have not received a change in my pension in the last 14 years (“SSS upped pensions 3x in 14 years,” Opinion, 2/22/14), lest I be taken for a liar, which I am not!
Dennis Cunanan, the director general (on leave) of the Technology Resource Center, was the first government official allegedly involved in the so-called pork barrel scam to testify before the Senate blue ribbon committee; that fact gave his appearance at Thursday’s hearing additional import. His position at an agency which channeled Priority Development Assistance Fund allocations to suspect beneficiary organizations specifically identified by the offices of at least three senators could illuminate how the scam operated. At the same time, it raised the standards by which he and his testimony, and his application to turn state’s witness, must be judged.