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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Martial law: The test

The proclamation of President Duterte declaring a state of martial law for the whole of Mindanao has created a firestorm of opinion as well it should. The people have the right and the obligation to ask questions on any major decision like this from their government. On November 19, 1863, at the dedication of Soldier’s National Cemetery, a cemetery for...
After losing the top spot to Indonesia, the Philippines settled to its current ranking as the second-largest producer of coconuts in the world by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. With about 25 percent of the country’s agricultural lands planted with coconuts and an estimated between 25 percent and 33 percent of the Philippines’s over 100...

Fear

In the wake of the declaration of martial law over Mindanao, as a result of the clashes in Marawi, it was interesting to watch social media come alive with the expected protests against the move. How could it not? Social media has long been the stomping ground of people with strong political opinions, and one of those opinions happens...
Everyone can access the latest news everywhere, thanks to advanced technology, especially the social media. However, people are exposed to both true or false and positive or negative news. It is on their own discretion to which kind of news they will pass on. On Sunday, May 28, 2017, we shall celebrate this years’ World Communications Day with the theme “Fear...
Over the past few weeks, public awareness about the urgent imperative of national food security was significantly heightened with the media’s coverage of the issue of rice importation. This burning issue came out amid President Duterte’s pronouncement of domestic procurement by the National Food Authority from Filipino farmers at a time of peak harvest. Rice importation was highlighted by...
The plane landed at past 5 in the afternoon. Would you be needing a wheelchair, sir? How far is the arrival area? It is near the plane. Indeed, a few more meters and the tip of the plane would have grazed the roof of the airport terminal building. There was, indeed, no need for a wheelchair. My blue steel—electric blue—walking...
The Philippines is a middle-income country but we are as worst compared to poor African countries in terms of nutrition numbers. Consider these facts: In 1989 children under 5 were 27.3 percent underweight, 44.5 percent stunted and 6.2 percent wasted. By 2005, we only managed to reduce these challenges to 20 percent, 32.9 percent and 5.8 percent, respectively. Ten years...
The Internet has forever changed the way we do things and how we create wealth. With the advent of e-commerce, online connectivity has become the driving force behind the world’s economic growth. In advanced countries, high-speed Internet has democratized innovation and transformed the delivery of public service in unprecedented ways. With the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution, a digital revolution...
In the recent forum of the Green Convergence on “green jobs”, one question arose: Can greening the economy stop the endo phenomenon, or what the trade unions call as “contractualization”? The answer is yes, it can.  At the very least, greening can reduce the tendency of employers to resort to the 5-5-5 and other short-term hiring arrangements. First, it should be...
Conclusion   No computer has been created that could not be hacked... NATIONAL security may be defined as the concept that a state and its society are protected from various domestic and foreign threats arising from politics, sociology, economics, energy, military, environment and natural resources. Simply put, national security is all-embracing, affecting every man, woman and child from all walks of life. Klaus...
Found hidden deep within a “for your eyes only-double-secret” web site is an article that probably was supposed to have been published during the “One Belt, One Road” forum in Beijing two weeks ago. The author and intended publication are unknown. “The greatest calamity to ever strike the human race started in October 1347, when trading ships docked in Sicily....
On May 22 about 3,747 individuals who passed the 2016 Bar exams took their oaths as new lawyers. A total of 6,924 applied for the examinations, but after vetting by the Supreme Court, only 6,831 were allowed to take it. The passing rate last year was actually the second highest at 59.06 percent, compared to the 1954 exams, which...

I am with you always

To enable the faithful to participate in the celebration of Jesus’ Ascension to heaven, the solemnity is held in the Philippines on Sunday instead of exactly on the 40th day after Easter. The departure of the Lord from the company of his followers does not mean separation or abandonment. He remains with His own even to the end of...
The recent issuance of Revenue Memorandum Circular (RMC) 8-2017 dispensing with the requirement for filing a tax treaty relief application (TTRA) with the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) as a condition for availing preferential tax rates under existing tax treaties is certainly a great relief among taxpayers making dividend, royalty and interest payments to nonresidents. Compliance with the filing of...
Those who have lived to experience what martial law was like seem to be having a déjà vu of sorts as President Duterte trumpets his economic plans, echoing the way the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos went full throttle proclaiming his. In fact, this is how the deposed despot’s son and namesake parades his father’s alleged accomplishments, which earned him the...
After months of uncertainty surrounding the country’s rice supply-and-demand situation, the government finally announced last week its decision to buy rice from foreign private suppliers. The National Food Authority Council (NFAC), the interagency body vested with the power to decide on the timing and volume of rice importation, has also given its nod to the private sector’s initiative to buy 805,000...
BBC News reports that Marie Collins resigned from the panel created by Pope Francis to investigate clerical sex abuse. Collins was invited to the panel by the Pope. She was molested at 13 by an Irish priest. Four thousand four hundred Australians claim to have been victims of clerical abuse as children. A royal commission also investigated child sex abuse...
Are Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) engaged in insurance business? This question was squarely placed before the Supreme Court (SC) in Philippine Health Care Providers Inc. v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue (GR 167330). The Court (First Division) at first ruled (June 12, 2008) that yes, HMOs are engaged in insurance business, and that the petitioner’s health-care agreement was in the...
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