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Makati City
Thursday, March 23, 2017
ON March 8 members of the urban-poor group Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay) illegally occupied idle government housing projects in Bulacan. These housing units were intended for low-salaried uniformed personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology. Some of the units they seized were...
BACK in the late 1990s there was this Filipino-Chinese fellow named Sammy. Nobody liked him since he was the dictionary definition of a carabao’s backside. The company was too cheap to put in cubicles, so there were long tables on which monitors were set to watch and trade the stock market. No one wanted to sit next to him. But Sammy...
Prosperity Without Progress. This is the title of the book (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1984) of Norman Owen on life in the Bicol region from the last century of Spanish colonialism up to the early decades of American rule. In this period, abaca, better known then as “Manila hemp”, exploded in the world market. This ushered in a...
IT bears recalling that under Presidential Decree 902-A, any cause of action that involves controversies arising out of intra-corporate relations, between and among stockholders, members or associates of a corporation, partnerships or association, is within the original and exclusive jurisdiction of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to try and decide, in addition to its regulatory and adjudicated functions. However,...

Reborn in the light

ON our way to Easter and our baptismal celebration of it, we are led to meditate on Jesus’ opening the eyes of a man born blind (John 9:1-41). The significance of the event lies for us in the reactions provoked by the incident that amount to an illustrated discourse on the journey toward faith as we discover Jesus as...
IN the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) of the Duterte administration, the government declared that it is keen on creating the Philippine Trade Representative Office (PTRO). This is an agency that is similar to America’s United States Trade Representative (USTR). Created in 1962, the USTR leads negotiations with foreign governments to create trade agreements, resolve disputes and participate in global trade-policy...
DO-GOODERS can be the worst. In the past year, do-gooders like the New York Times have been pouring scorn on freedom icon Aung San Suu Kyi for allowing the systematic state-sponsored mass rape and mass murder of Rohingyas—Punjabi Muslims who wandered southwest to where they settled in old Burma. What is being done to Rohingyas qualifies as genocide under...
Many hate US President Donald J. Trump for his foul-mouth and Islamophobic and misogynist remarks, but his policy statements and overtures, although not carried by mainstream media, may turn him into a better president than Obama. Much ado about ‘NYET’ thing. Media is still bombarding Trump for his alleged shady links with Russia, almost reviving the McCarthyist postwar Red scare...
The Philippines has one of the most expensive electricity rates in the world. The government owes taxpayers safe, reliable and affordable electricity, but its attempt to lower prices by restructuring the power sector through the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (Epira) of 2001 has not been without obstacles. Deregulation, competition and open access­—the promises of Epira—should have resulted in competitive,...

Life as we know it

Watching my grandchildren play with toy cars, I sometimes think about the day when they grow up and ask me: “Lolo, did you really drive cars when you were young?” Even now, some of the world’s biggest automotive companies as well as a few small players are competing in the development of driverless cars. In an online report last January...
"Life hack: refers to any trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method that increases productivity and efficiency, in all walks of life.” Being a parent is the most difficult intellectual and emotional experience possible if you really put yourself into the process of trying to do a good job. As your children grow older, you need to teach them things like...
By Melandrew T. Velasco Among the children of former Foreign Affairs Secretary Narciso R. Ramos, his daughter Leticia Ramos-Shahani comes closest to his achievements in the field of Foreign Service and national politics. Asked about her remembrances of her father Nachong, Senator Shahani shared the following: “My father was a man of many parts. I remember him typing his articles furiously with...
Over the weekend, China’s Vice Premier Wang Yang came to the Philippines as the highest-ranking Chinese official to visit the country during the Duterte administration.  He came with a package of grants, loans and deals reportedly worth up to $6 billion, covering Philippine agricultural exports to China, and 15 infrastructure development plans, including those for bridges, railway systems, irrigation...

International eyes

There was a time when individuals and nations were expected to act in a civilized manner while still maintaining their own “sovereignty”. It was when people and states attempted to force their ideas on others and take action to impose their beliefs that steps were taken against them. Nazi Germany is an example. Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany in...
When one is in between jobs and facing certain financial limitations, options could become limited. Someone recently asked me this question: “What can I do to improve my financial status, when I am in between jobs and there aren’t so many options on the horizon?” I realized there may be more people like her who are facing financial uncertainties...
WITH war very clearly on the table of possible responses to North Korea’s continued development of nuclear arms, including intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) able to hit the United States, will blood flow in the peninsula? The military option has loomed larger since US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declared in Seoul last Friday that Washington would not negotiate with Pyongyang. The former...