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Key to the right minimum wage formula

By THE MANILA TIMES May 08, 2019 ONE topic that never fails to provoke a great deal of acrimonious debate in this country is the subject of minimum wage. The issue comes to the fore several times a year as the various tripartite wage boards around the country consider adjustments …

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NBI should pursue probe into ‘Bikoy’ case

By THE MANILA TIMES May 07, 2019 The appearance of a man claiming to be “Bikoy” at the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) on Monday points all the more to the need for the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to pursue the truth behind the controversial video series. It …

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Culture of encounter and foreign intrusion in media

By THE MANILA TIMES May 06, 2019 WORLD Press Freedom Day last May 3 did not pass without incident in the country. The event is of surpassing importance to a media organization like The Manila Times and to a democracy like the Philippines. Extolling the event can easily descend into …

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Comprehensive cleanup must go beyond Manila Bay

By The Manila Times May 05, 2019 We are encouraged to see the Manila Bay cleanup, which has been long overdue. But so long as the effort focuses only on the beachfront and the bay itself, this much-awaited initiative may be all for nothing soon after the cleanup crew is …

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Credit ratings upgrade a sign of long-term stability

By THE MANILA TIMES May 04, 2019 IN one of the most positive signs seen in years for the Philippine economy, ratings agency Standard & Poor’s this week raised the country’s sovereign credit rating to a historic high of BBB+, with a stable outlook. While the Duterte administration rightly deserves …

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UN rapporteurs selection process needs review

By THE MANILA TIMES May 03, 2019 For such a review, it will be useful to comprehend first the nature of the work of a United Nations (UN) special rapporteur, and to lay aside the controversy stirred by UN special rapporteur Ms. Agnes Callamard when she visited Manila a few …

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Refund electric bill deposits

By THE MANILA TIMES May 02, 2019 THE Supreme Court is called upon to act swiftly on a petition challenging the legality of the “bill deposit” charged by the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) to its customers. The bill deposit is an onerous levy against consumers who are given no choice …

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Hail or blast the message, not the messenger

By THE MANILA TIMES April 29, 2019 It is unfortunate when political discourse on legitimate issues such as an allegation of a plot to oust a President involving media personalities takes a wrong turn, away from the reported message and into shooting the messenger down. But in the age of …

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