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Give 3rd telco a chance

THE criticism that has greeted the government’s provisional selection of a third telecommunications provider is, at least at this point, unjustified. Having waited years for the prospect of better internet communications service to become a reality, the country should give this latest development a chance before condemning it. On Wednesday, …

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Split decision, divided govt

It will take days for America to settle on who – or what – won in the US midterm elections on Tuesday, November 6. By seizing control of the House of Representatives in the US Congress with a 36-seat majority, the Democratic Party will have the bragging rights, at least …

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Nuisance candidates

The Law Department of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has begun filing petitions before the commission en banc for the disqualification of certain senatorial aspirants deemed to be “nuisance candidates.” One of the early casualties is Angelo de Alban, a young lawyer and college professor, who is joining the political …

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Unhealthy outbreak of DU30 health speculation

Instead of allowing our imagination and proclivity to gossip to wreak havoc on our collective psyche, we urge the government bureaucracy, the general public and the media to take guidance first from the specific constitutional provision governing the President’s health or occurrence of illness. It is contained in Section 12, …

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Itogon tragedy yet another wakeup call vs mining ills

THE typhoon-induced landslide that buried a bunkhouse in the mining village of Ucab in Itogon, Benguet, is yet another tragic reminder of the perils of mining, particularly small-scale mining. The Ucab landslide victims, according to the Chamber of Mines, were among those engaged in illegal gold-mining activities near the bunkhouse …

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Bad homilies

NOTHING turns off the regular Mass-goer than a priest’s bad homily. The faithful know when the priest is woefully unprepared; the homily is neither here nor there and goes on and on. At times, the priest meanders into politics, alienating those of a different persuasion. God forbid if the priest …

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Binondo-Intramuros bridge project requires thoughtful plan

EARLIER this week the Chamber of Commerce of the Philippine Islands (CCPI) and preservation groups rejected the government’s plan to build a Binondo-Intramuros bridge, saying it would ruin parts of Manila’s historic walled city without necessarily helping ease traffic. The bridge is one of a dozen new bridges to be …

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Unreasonable, unconscionable arrest of lawyers

THE two big groups representing Filipino lawyers — the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) and the much older Philippine Bar Association (PBA) — have come out with statements siding with three of their fellow lawyers who were arrested during a police raid of a Makati City bar on August …

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DoE should heed Congress, scrap diesel rule

IN an effort to cushion the impact of higher fuel prices on public utility vehicle (PUV) operators, the Department of Energy (DoE) earlier this month issued a directive to oil companies to offer Euro 2-compliant diesel fuel to their customers. On Thursday, however, a key congressional committee recommended the DoE …

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Senate must reject Sotto’s 14th month pay bill

SENATE President Vicente Sotto 3rd’s heart may be in the right place, but his bill mandating “14th month pay” for all non-government workers is a potential disaster for Philippine labor and the economy, and must be rejected. Sotto’s Senate Bill 2, which he hopes will become the “14th Month Pay …

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