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Quezon City Jail Annex: Hell on earth

By RAMON T. TULFO September 12, 2019 RAMON T. TULFO THE New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa and other national penitentiaries in the country are heaven compared to the different city, provincial and municipal jails. The latter — the various jails — can be described as hell on earth. Hell is …

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RA 10592 does not exclude convicted heinous criminals

By ANTONIO CONTRERAS September 12, 2019 ANTONIO P. CONTRERAS THERE is a prevailing sentiment that Republic Act (RA) 10592, or the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) Law, which amended the Revised Penal Code (RPC), had the intention of excluding persons convicted for heinous crimes from its beneficiaries. This is precisely …

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Why we accept, abet and applaud corruption

By RICARDO SALUDO September 12, 2019 RICARDO SALUDO QUICK, who are the culprits in the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) scandal over heinous criminals let loose under the Good Conduct Time Allowance, or GCTA Law — the BuCor officials bribed to short-circuit life terms, or the prisoners’ families paying through the …

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Future cities

By ARCHITECT FELINO A. PALAFOX, JR. September 12, 2019 FELINO A. PALAFOX, JR. THE world’s population is expected to reach 9.7 billion in 2050, and approximately 70 percent of this will live in cities, according to the United Nations. Along with the fast rising urban population, we are facing other …

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Countering terrorism and violent extremism

By MERLIZA M. MAKINANO September 12, 2019 MERLIZA M. MAKINANO TERRORISM is a complex issue. While there is no single driver, studies point to conflict as the main driver. Other contributing factors include social alienation, lack of economic opportunities, lack of good governance, and human rights issues. Terrorism literature also …

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Laws, whether good or bad, are manipulated by crooks

By MARLEN V. RONQUILLO September 11, 2019 MARLEN V. RONQUILLO THE Republic Act (RA) 10592, or Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) Law, if implemented according to its lofty ideals, would give a second lease on life to convicted criminals — except those who committed heinous crimes — who have behaved …

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To my friends…on friendship

By FR. RANHILIO CALLANGAN AQUINO September 11, 2019 FR. RANHILIO CALLANGAN AQUINO AS seminary rector in another lifetime, I had to deal with the issue of friendship among young adults: young seminarians, to be more precise. Most of what I will advise now is what I advised then, because I …

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Land of many colors

By EI SUN OH September 11, 2019 EI SUN OH THIS week I am in a part of what may be considered an “enlarged” Southeast Asia. The annual regional conference of the Commonwealth Magistrates’ and Judges’ Association is being held at Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (PNG), and I am …

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Paradigm shift: Communists, leftists and party-lists

By LITO MONICO C. LORENZANA September 11, 2019 LITO MONICO C. LORENZANA SINCE DU30 assumed power, there has been a perceptive ideological shift to the right, epitomized first by the “peace and order” mantra upon his declaration of a “war on illegal drugs.” There was his boast that the fish …

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