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Street as parking lot for private vehicles

We appreciate Neal Cruz’s Feb. 7 column (“Too many vehicles, too few streets,” Opinion). We agree with him.

Posted: April 11th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

So high school


For one night I was back in high school. Literally and figuratively.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

From Payatas to St. Scho, magna cum laude


Payatas in Quezon City is often pictured as a landscape most foul, a garbage dump, the receptacle of the city’s refuse. I’ve been there thrice: to do stories on a woman who turned scraps into exquisite underwear, on a thriving Church microlending cooperative for the poor, and, in 2000, on the collapse of the garbage dump, burying hundreds of waste pickers (mangangalahig).

Posted: March 27th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Once again, why not try ‘four-day work week’?

With monstrous traffic jams expected to hit Metro Manila as a result of the construction of several major road projects, I am reviving my suggestion for a “four-day work week,” cum one additional day-off applied alternatively or on a staggered basis in various areas in Metro Manila on an experimental basis. For instance, offices in Quezon City, Las Piñas and Manila will have no work on Mondays; Pasay, Taguig and Caloocan on Tuesdays; Mandaluyong, Muntinlupa and Parañaque on Wednesdays; San Juan, Pasig and Makati on Thursdays. The combination of the cities or areas in the alternating arrangement of the additional day-off will depend on population or traffic conditions, as determined and recommended by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority.

Posted: February 26th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Where do QC taxes go?

This is a reaction, from an aged Quezon City constituent, to Neal Cruz’s column titled “QC is most oppressive city government” (Opinion, 1/6/14).

Posted: February 16th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

QC is most oppressive city gov’t

Yes, I agree with Neal Cruz: Quezon City has become oppressive especially to us, homeowners, who live in gated villages and subdivisions. Take this 93-year-old resident of the city since 1957. I have been paying taxes faithfully and used to serve in the city’s public schools. Being a World War II Usaffe veteran, I have an income of only P5,000, which is my pension from the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office. My 13 children support my needs and pay my house bills, but they have families of their own to support.

Posted: January 24th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

QC is most oppressive city government


The present Quezon City administration is proving to be the most oppressive of all. First, it grabbed the 7-hectare property owned by the National Housing Authority and which is under usufruct to the Manila Seedling Bank Foundation and it is throwing out the tenant-gardeners. Then it passed an ordinance imposing a garbage collection tax on all property owners in Quezon City with penalties for those unable to pay on time. Three years ago, it passed another ordinance imposing a “social housing tax” on the same property owners. Quezon City property owners are the most taxed citizens of the Philippines.

Posted: January 5th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »


Poor Quezon City residents. Like the rest of their countrymen, they had to end 2013 with the specter of higher rates in electricity, social security and healthcare. Meralco’s steep rate hike, thankfully, is under judicial review, and the announced increases in Social Security System and PhilHealth contributions are generating fierce debate and opposition. As it is, Filipinos already pay a host of taxes on everything, from income to property to inheritance, to the purchase of the most essential goods via the ubiquitous value-added tax.

Posted: January 3rd, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Start anti-firecracker campaign early


On this first day of a new year, I wish everybody to be happy and prosperous for the next 364 days.   Among the happiest people this year will be officials of the Quezon City government, especially the councilors. They will have an additional P60 million to play around with. That will come from the [...]

Posted: December 31st, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

QC gov’t a land-grabber?


Last July, like the Nazi Gestapo and the Japanese Kempeitai, Quezon City policemen, aided by members of the city’s Department of Public Order and Safety and private security guards, swooped down on the Manila Seedling Bank Foundation (MSBF) Environmental Center.

Posted: December 26th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

QC gov’t as land-grabber


Merry Christmas to everybody but not to officials of the Quezon City government who are behind the land-grabbing of the Manila Seedling Bank Foundation Environmental Center.

Posted: December 24th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

10 hectares for shelter to typhoon evacuees


Thousands of typhoon survivors are fleeing their devastated communities in the Visayas aboard the C-130 cargo planes flying relief supplies to the storm-hit areas. Most of them are flocking to Metro Manila. Those who have relatives and friends in the metropolis would be all right, but what about those who don’t have any? They have no relatives or friends, no shelter, no food, no jobs, how will they cope in the crowded and cruel metropolis?

Posted: November 19th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »



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