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When rules of engagement are breached

By The Manila Times July 14, 2019 Mix politics and religion and you get a combustible brew of an incendiary bomb triggered by anarchy and bigotry, depending on who would lob the device at what target and which occasion. Do the same for drugs and guns, lace them with reckless …

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Text message costs should be zero

By The Manila Times July 13, 2019 The neophyte Senator, Imee Marcos, has filed a bill that would reduce the price charged by telecommunications companies for text (SMS) messages to just one centavo (P0.01) each. We heartily applaud the Senator’s objective and are hopeful that the measure is taken up …

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Nation needs coherent message on national defense and security

By The Manila Times July 12, 2019 Presidential communication this week was certainly confusing and unsettling for the uninitiated. In remarks made before newly appointed government officials in Malacañang on Monday, President Rodrigo Duterte warned the nation that the military could stage a coup d’etat because of the continuing problems …

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Debt growth should not be alarming

By The Manila Times July 11, 2019 PUBLIC sector loans last year more than doubled from the amount of loans taken by the government in 2017, data released this week by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) revealed. While this may be alarming to some and is, in fact, a …

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New anti-red tape chief must prove agency’s worth

By The Manila Times July 10, 2019 AFTER more than a year of inaction, the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) finally has its first director general, former Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission consultant Jeremiah Belgica. The new chief will now face the challenge of demonstrating quickly the importance and value of the …

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Speakership contest has become a wearisome rigmarole

By The Manila Times July 08, 2019 THE political struggle this early for the speakership of the House of Representatives has become a wearisome rigmarole among aspirants who have no track record in leading political parties or organizations, and no sterling achievements to show in the work of lawmaking. We …

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Yolanda housing delay a national shame

By The Manila Times July 06, 2019 THE shocking revelation by the Commission on Audit (CoA) this week that only a little more than half of the permanent housing units intended for families displaced by Typhoon Yolanda nearly six years ago is a disgrace, a shameful state of affairs that …

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