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Stupidity of our Good Hearts

Stupidity of our Good Hearts

You and a friend are leisurely walking along Magsaysay Drive (or Boardwalk if you prefer), on a nice early evening, taking on the sights, talking about the weather. Suddenly, a young beggar approached you asking for money—to buy food, she said. What would you do? Knowing that she’s probably doing this all day, every day, […]

Educate the Masses

Educate the Masses

A good friend (UP journalism graduate), who now resides in The United States, a wrote in reaction to my column (Frontline entitled “Deluge.”) In gist, he pointed out that nature is not solely responsible for the tragedy brought about by the monsoon rains which wrought havoc and laid the entire city to a veritable wasteland. […]

The Case of the Olongapo Flooding

The Case of the Olongapo Flooding

The City of Olongapo was again devastated by so much flooding… one of the worst in the city’s history. Many of the houses in low-lying areas were totally submerged, roof and all. Schools converted to evacuation centers were packed full of people, with little to eat and no fresh clothes to change to. It’s a […]

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 […]

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