MA. ISABEL ONGPIN

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WELL, we seem not to be in a good place. The Sereno case which was not about Sereno, but about eight people in the Supreme Court who ruled against a clear constitutional article, six of them with clear but petty cases to grind against the respondent and who refused to…

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NOW that the management of tourist activities has become the subject of much discussion particularly with respect to environmental concerns, it is time to make rules and regulations of which there seems to be a shortage of in this country. If there are any, they seem to be not enough,…

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JUST back from the Global Summit of Women held in Sydney, Australia (in their new International Convention Center) whose director is Fil-Aussie Marilou Lamug Barrios. The Philippine delegation was led by Ambassador and former Foreign Affairs Secretary Delia Domingo Albert. Two members of the delegation sat as panelists in different…

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ON February 26, I wrote the following letter to the Bonifacio Estates Service Corp., addressed to Ms Armi Bacaron, the operations manager: “On February 21 at about 9 p.m., I was coming from the Arya Building in Bonifacio proceeding towards McKinley Road to travel to my home in Mandaluyong. My…

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NOW that we are officially in the summer season as announced by our weather bureau, Pag-Asa, with the temperature rising, we would need to plan vacation trips properly to avoid obstruction, hardship and untoward events on the way to our destination. All too often, unplanned trips meet contra-leisure travails that…

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NOW that the Department of Interior and Local Government has finally and correctly taken steps to confront Boracay degradation and Puerto Galera zoning violations, it is time they looked into Baguio City. Baguio citizens are again up in arms against the local government on a zoning issue and a heritage…

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MY friend, former Foreign Affairs Secretary Ambassador Delia Domingo Albert, has not stopped raving about the Solar Lolas project where a number of elderly Aeta women from rural Zambales were trained to be solar engineers in India, bringing back solar technology for their own and other communities which are out…

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GOOD Friday in secular times means everyone in a holiday mode, out to the beaches, the mountains, foreign climes. It is a time out from routine. Though the time out can be in one’s own home transformed into a holiday time with no schedule to meet, no errands to do,…

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I LIVE in Mandaluyong off Shaw Boulevard. I need to avoid EDSA as much as possible so I turn into Mandaluyong’s side streets to get me where I have to be. My favorite is Barangka Drive because while it gets me to Makati and back, I feel like I am…

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AND so the conspiracy between the Legislative and the Executive branches to oust the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court gathers momentum—now with the growing participation of the Judiciary itself. The tools are psychology professionals who against all professional ethics reveal and term a psychiatric test a failure when that…

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