By Oscar Franklin Tan
The right to reply was already slipped into our election laws. Yes, the evil that Sen. Grace Poe decried can already be enforced against the media in election contexts. We must redouble our efforts against this wolf in human right’s clothing.
By Juan L. Mercado
If allowed to grow, bad weeds will smother the good grass, says a Filipino proverb. “Ang masamang mila, kapag kinonsinti, pag tubo’y siya ang makapangyayari.”
By Neal H. Cruz
All over the world, the train is the cheapest mode of transportation and carries the most passengers and cargoes. It was the train that helped open the American Wild West. In America, continental Europe, China, the Indian subcontinent, and the island-continent of Australia, it is the train that connects the cities to towns. The cold wastelands of Siberia in Russia cannot be traversed without the train. That is why I do not understand why a succession of Philippine presidents, including the current one, has neglected our only train system, the Philippine National Railways (PNR).
The very dismal performance of our legislators in 2013 is enough justification to call for the abolition of Congress. Last year, Congress passed only one law, the one-page Republic Act No. 10632 which suspended the 2013 Sangguniang Kabataan elections.
By Peter Wallace
Amendments to the Cabotage Law would help do it. There’s a bill in Congress—and has been there since the late 1990s. As expected, approval of the bill is being opposed by local shipping companies, one of which had too many accidents that resulted in the death of more than 4,000 passengers yet is still allowed to ply its deadly trade. I’ve no idea why. Perhaps someone at the transportation department can tell me.