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An urgent appeal to all barangay officials

BATANG MAYNILA MAYOR ISKO MORENO First of all, allow me to thank the Manila Bulletin for inviting me to write a weekly column. It is a great honor and privilege to be a part of this prestigious media institution which I have put in high esteem since time immemorial. On …

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Responsibility in social media

SPEAKING OUT By IGNACIO R. BUNYE Ignacio R. Bunye We live in rapidly changing times, thanks to the technological wonders of internet and social media. As fast as we can click and send, we can broadcast messages to friends, relatives, and to just about anybody, anywhere in the world. This …

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Consenting adults

BELOW THE LINE By AMBASSADOR JOSE ABETO ZAIDE Ambassador José Abeto Zaide The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is one of the enduring and endearing arms of Philippine government service. Despite their small numbers and finite resources, our DFA and Foreign Service Officers render assistance to Filipino nationals in the …

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Juvenal’s ideal

IF SYMPTOMS PERSIST By DR. JOSE PUJALTE JR. “A sound mind in a sound body, is a short, but full description of a happy state in this World . . .” — John Locke (1632–1704), British philosopher, Some Thoughts Concerning Education (1693). Dr. Jose Pujalte Jr. Mens sana in corpore …

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Help, not oppress, volcano victims

WORD ALIVE By FR. BEL SAN LUIS, SVD Fr. Bel R. San Luis, SVD The devastating Taal volcano eruption and typhoons that left our country reeling show that there are terrible sufferings beyond our control. * * * This reminds me about an old lady who was riding on a …

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Two DA programs should  boost  rice production

At the start of the new year, Secretary William Dar of the Department of Agriculture (DA) announced plans that are expected to boost the country’s rice production . At the center of the program is the distribution of certified palay seeds as early as October last year for planting in …

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Taal and the social volcano

HOTSPOT By TONYO CRUZ Tonyo Cruz To their credit, the people of Batangas did not project a sense of helplessness as their beloved Taal started exploding last Sunday. Taal’s huge tower of ash that could be seen in space was dwarfed by the epic manner of Batanguenos: quick and, it …

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More than GNP, other statistics, pay close watch on prices

Taal Volcano’s eruption is bound to have a negative impact on the national economy, but it will not be enough to prevent the attainment of the government’s 2020 economic growth goal of 6.5 to 7.5 percent this year, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia, chief of the National Economic and Development …

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Duterte extends assistance to Taal folks, OFWs in Iran

PUNCHLINE By FRED M. LOBO Fred M. Lobo President Duterte has ordered the speedy grant of assistance and long-term protection to thousands of Taal folks in the wake of its devastating eruption. “Come up with measures to protect public interest, public safety, public health, and ensure that food is ready,” …

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Leni’s circumspection?

METRO CORNER By ERIK ESPINA Erik Espina If the incumbency of President Rodrigo Duterte’s “war on drugs” is to be point of reckoning, the 1972 Dangerous Drug’s Act, RA 6425, principally authored by my late father, Cebu Senator Rene Espina (Senate version was adopted by the Lower House), was visionary, …

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