This will be a difficult yearend holiday for ordinary consumers. Prices of essential goods have gone up or will soon go up.
By Juan L. Mercado
They call it—what? “The green wall,” our banker friend said. He oversees banks in the Visayas. Mangroves in Eastern Samar buffered the storm surge that killed thousands elsewhere, his clients stated.
By Paolo Jeffrey Gan
Change, the universe dictates, is inevitable. My life is a testament to it. That I have had my ups and downs is definitely an understatement.
Neal Cruz is to be complimented for beginning to lift the lid on the serious problems at the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board or HLURB (“Something is rotten in the state of HLURB,” Opinion, 12/1/13).
But why does it take disasters and cataclysms for nations to feel for each other? Let’s call on some “misguided” world leaders to be humans and start believing that there is a Supreme Being who dispenses justice and holds the universe in the palm of His hands, for in that way no one will ever dare to seriously consider war.
Does a name have to appear on packages of relief goods delivered to those who need them the most? Politicians come out so pathetic when they exploit tragedies to advance their political agenda even as disaster victims are dying and starving.
This is to correct the salary loan amounts Social Security System members may take (“SSS extends loans to Yolanda victims,” Business, 11/12/13).
Recently the Board of Accountancy of the Professional Regulation Commission adopted the multiple choice type of examination for CPA (certified public accountant) candidates.
By Noralyn Mustafa
It has been weeks since Supertyphoon “Yolanda” swept across central Philippines, and left in its wake an unbelievably so vast and shocking swath of death, destruction and devastation it has become a stuff for movies like “2012.” But very, very conspicuous by their absence are the usual suspects who swarm over disaster areas like flies [...]
I read with interest the news reports and comments on the “delayed” Maguindanao massacre trial. Notably, former minister of justice Estelito Mendoza opined on the need for the present justice secretary and the prosecutors to get their act together (“DOJ and the Ampatuan trial,” Letters, 12/2/13). A private prosecutor, lamenting the very slow pace of [...]
The Bureau of Internal Revenue’s Regulation 14-2013 discriminates against patients with compromised budgets. In its present implementation, in-patients are compelled to settle hospital and professional fees prior to discharge; otherwise their exit would be delayed and deferred, notwithstanding a municipal directive forbidding hospitals from keeping patients due to their inability to pay their bills. Deeply [...]
In the early months of the Aquino administration, then senator Joker Arroyo called the President’s men a bunch of “student council officers” for bungling an executive order on the Truth Commission. Recently, Arroyo once again heaped scorn on Aquino’s men for the amateurish content of the President’s speech on prime-time television regarding the raging issue [...]