A councilor of Quezon City has an intriguing proposal: that all elected or appointed government officials holding office in the city be required to take the Metro Rail Transit, Light Rail Transit, or any other form of public transportation on the last Friday of every month. “The only way government officials will understand the plight of commuters is if they themselves take public [transportation] regularly in order to experience and pinpoint how the same must be addressed accordingly,” Councilor Ramon Medalla said in presenting his proposed “Public Officials’ Commute Day” ordinance.
Was anyone the least bit surprised that the suspects behind that Sept. 1 incident on Edsa involving armed men surrounding an SUV turned out to be cops? The photo immediately caused a sensation when it surfaced on Twitter, partly because of the mystery surrounding it. Who were these men aiming guns at the occupants of the SUV? Was it a legitimate police operation, perhaps against a high-profile fugitive? Or a kidnapping, done so brazenly in broad daylight on that ultrabusy highway?
It’s all the rage these days, but in these parts not everyone tickled pink by it knows exactly what it’s all about—a campaign to raise awareness of the punishing disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and donations to fund research to find a cure. The “ice bucket challenge” starts with a person pledging an amount for research toward curing ALS (aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease), followed by the pouring of a bucket of ice water on the person, and concluding with the soaking wet person nominating another to take up the experience. American celebrities from Lady Gaga to Mark Zuckerberg have famously risen to the challenge, raising more than $100 million for the ALS Association.
Two economic stories highlighted the past week—one, the stellar growth of the country’s gross domestic product or GDP; the other, the 50 Filipino families and individuals in the Forbes list of the world’s wealthiest for 2014.
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