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DELUGE

DELUGE

September rains have a certain malevolence to it. The weather forecast did contain an ominous tone to it. “Yellow alert” which is interpreted as moderate to heavy rainfall which may trigger flash floods and landslides. Right on the dot. At around 4:00 am, Monday, September 2,3 I was awaken by my cellphone. It was a […]

Christmas Bazaar at Columban Street is illegal

Christmas Bazaar at Columban Street is illegal

Here we go again. Year in and year out, the City Council approves the setting up of a Christmas Bazaar along Columban Street near the main gate of the Subic Bay Freeport Zone. Let’s get things straight. There is nothing wrong with the Christmas Night Bazaar concept. Yes, the city government will earn some money from the contract. […]

Impatience

Impatience

We have received a lot of text complains that it takes hours to see Mayor Rolen. Even if you have an appointment one complainant took four hours to see him.   I was likewise subjected to two hours waiting to see  the mayor. But had only a broad understanding and longitude. He is our mayor and […]

The Impossible Dream

The Impossible Dream

A bespectacled man in a white bush jacket boarded the China airlines plane bound for Manila. He was in a hurry to meet an appointment with destiny. It was august 21, 1983. High noon when the tropical sun was at its hottest and at its zenith. Benigno Aquino, Jr., was calm and a while ago […]

The post-Gordon era

The post-Gordon era

We are definitely entering a post-Gordon era. For the first  time in a long time not a single Gordon holds an elective or appointive office. It used to be a Gordon reigns supreme in city hall, and a Gordon lords it over the plenary hall of congress. Dick Gordon became a cabinet member an subsequently […]

Acid test for Rolen’s administration

Acid test for Rolen’s administration

The first one hundred days of the Rolen Paulino’s administration is certainly an acid test. It is some sort of baptism of fire. What it does and how it handles its affairs will certainly set the tone for the next three years. It can do a trial and error, or be reactive, or it can be […]

Labor-Only Contracting is illegal

Labor-Only Contracting is illegal

By Philippine law, there are permissible job contracting and subcontracting. But labor-only contracting? My friendly advice is to stay away from it. It is illegal! What is it? The Philippine Labor Code, since 1974, has already illegalized the notorious practice of labor-only contracting by some middlemen (now mostly masking as valid companies) who make quick […]

The Influence of Music in Social Transformation

The Influence of Music in Social Transformation

The political influence is pervasive that social movements has toppled dictatorial regimes from the jacobins storming the bastille and American minute men firing the “shot heard” “round the world” in concord, to the Filipino masses facing tanks in EDSA. The French revolutionists singing vive le france, the American humming yankee doodle army singing “tie a […]

A smooth transition

A smooth transition

I hope that the outgoing city mayor would ensure a smooth transition. But i suppose mayor-elect Rolen Paulino would not have that. He would have to steel himself to a rough, if not adverse, take over. He would not be the one creating the adversity I hope, but instead the department heads of mayor Bong […]

OEDC’s brand and promise

OEDC’s brand and promise

Last April 12, they came in droves. Scores of Gordon College scholars and teachers descended on the city to distribute Olongapo Electric Distribution Company (OEDC) president Jose Maria Abaya’s letter and the Gordon Straight Ticket (GST) flyers. Why and how students and teachers of Gordon College ended up distributing the OEDC materials and GST election […]

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