By Neal H. Cruz
Ogden Nash wrote that limerick as a parody of Joyce Kilmer’s poem “Trees,” and also of the billboards that were mushrooming and dotting the highways of the United States. Had he been in the Philippines lately, he would have written the last two lines differently: that unless the DPWH stops killing trees along the highways, he would never see a tree at all.
I write in regard to the letter titled “Revisit road project’s bidding process, DPWH urged” (Opinion, 6/24/14). I wish to clarify that the letter’s author is not a staff member of the Asian Development Bank. The opinions expressed in the letter are those of the author writing in his personal capacity, not on behalf of the Asian Development Bank.
I am a regular traveler to Ligao City in Albay, using the Maharlika Highway via the Quezon National Park. During my last travel for the Holy Week vacation, I noticed some informative signs at the Quezon National Park indicating that the zigzag road connecting the municipalities of Pagbilao and Atimonan in Quezon Province is called Bitukang Manok. That particular zigzag road in the Quezon National Park is called Tatlong M or Eme.
By Juan L. Mercado
Senators and other officials gorge on pork barrel slabs. So what’s to keep public works contractors from pocketing extra bucks by ripping up ecological safeguards? Cebu and Bohol offer case studies to indicate whether they’ll go scot free—again.
By Rina Jimenez-David
“Relieved” is how Public Works Secretary Rogelio “Babes” Singson described his feelings when asked about the Supreme Court ruling declaring the PDAF or Priority Development Assistance Fund—in plainspeak the pork barrel—unconstitutional.