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Traffic, imagined from afar

By INGMING ABERIA September 11, 2019 INGMING ABERIA THE vehicular traffic problem in major cities, particularly Metro Manila, has gone from bad to worse. It has crippled everyone — commuters, motorists, private companies and public agencies, among others. A 2018 Japan International Cooperation Agency study estimated the economic cost of …

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As Israel returns to polls, Palestinian democracy in stasis

By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE September 11, 2019 RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories: When Israelis vote next week it will be their sixth general election since Palestinians last had the chance to cast ballots in parliamentary polls more than 13 years ago. Whether in Ramallah, Nablus or Gaza, 30-year-old Palestinians have never had the …

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UN should account for doomsday forecast 30 years ago

By YEN MAKABENTA September 10, 2019 YEN MAKABENTA First word I REMEMBER the year 1989 well because it was a time of tumult in the Philippines and the world. At the time, I was serving as editor in chief and associate publisher of the daily newspaper Philippine Daily Globe. The …

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Which is worse, being tanga or corrupt?

By RAMON T. TULFO September 10, 2019 RAMON T. TULFO I AGREE with Sen. Dick Gordon’s advice to President Digong to be careful about prematurely clearing dismissed Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Director Nicanor Faeldon of any wrongdoing as it might be misunderstood by the public. There was no logic in …

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Blame a negligent Congress

By ANTONIO CONTRERAS September 10, 2019 ANTONIO P. CONTRERAS IT is easy to blame the implementing agencies, particularly if that agency is the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) where there have been reported cases of bribery as a requisite for inmates to enjoy some liberties, which recent allegations that surfaced in …

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In the public interest

By MA. LOURDES TIQUIA, TMT September 10, 2019 MA. LOURDES TIQUIA IT used to be that the crème de la crème and the best of the best end up in public service. For the Isko and Iska, public service was payback time; for others, it was a career path. When …

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China: The challenges of Hong Kong and Taiwan

By FRANK CHING September 10, 2019 FRANK CHING TWENTY-two years ago, when Hong Kong became part of China, the former British colony’s relationship with Taiwan became part of China’s cross-straits relationship. Thus, when the pro-independence politician Chen Shui-bian became president of Taiwan in 2000, China’s fury was felt in Hong …

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Good conduct time allowance

By FR. RANHILIO CALLANGAN AQUINO September 09, 2019 FR. RANHILIO CALLANGAN AQUINO PRISON was never meant to be an underworld — some realm of the damned. Sure, it is punishment, but it should also provide the space for renewal. Offenders are not refuse, and prison is the recognition that it …

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Keeping ‘checks and balances’ in check

By TITA VALDERAMA September 09, 2019 TITA C. VALDERAMA IN less than five minutes, the proposed P8.2-billion budget for the Office of the President (OP) for 2020 breezed through the House Committee on Appropriations last Friday. It took the Office of the Vice President (OVP) 24 minutes to present its …

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