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Protect the children

The start of the year was marked by a horrendous report. In the isolated village of Ibabao in Cebu a child pornography ring was operating, with parents roping their own children into the sordid business. Inside their homes, parents were directing their children—and even their neighbors’—in sex acts recorded by webcam for sale on the Internet to foreign pedophiles. To keep the ring constantly running, the adults locked the children in. But a series of raids disrupted the operation; a number of adults were arrested and the children were rescued, aged 3, 9 and 11.

Posted: November 2nd, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

A (common?) horror story

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As my last column for the year, I was going to narrate a horror story that I thought had a happy ending, which would be appropriate for the season (not the horror story, but the happy ending). But I had thought too soon. And as of this writing, there is unfortunately no happy ending as yet. I will tell the horror story anyway, and if the Reader has any similar stories to tell, please do so, not just because misery loves company, but because I want to know how common or uncommon this kind of experience is.

Posted: December 28th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Smart scored higher in 4 of 5 NTC parameters

I write to clarify the column of Mr. Neal Cruz (Inquirer, 9/24/12) which discussed the results of the Quality of Service Benchmarking Tests conducted by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC).

Posted: September 28th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

‘Value-added’ scams through numbers 239, 2474

I write regarding a recent experience with one of the telecom service providers in the Philippines. I am the owner of a prepaid account with the company for the longest time that I can remember. Specifically, this is about “lost/missing loads.” I had noticed that my load decreased faster than I was using my cell […]

Posted: September 21st, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

War of the telcos: Who offers the best plan?

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There is a different kind of war going on in the Philippines. You must have noticed the many advertisements and commercials in newspapers and on television selling to the public the plans of the two telecommunications giants, Globe and Smart. Globe has My Super Plan; Smart has Smart Freedom Plan. The two telcos are battling […]

Posted: August 21st, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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