TITA VALDERAMA

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THE month of March this year did not seem like a celebration of the International Women’s Month in the Philippines. Instead of getting accolades for the role they play in government, some prominent women leaders were not only vilified but also accused of criminal offenses. Senator Leila de Lima, whose…

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CARL Nigel is turning five years old today. Unlike in most birthday celebrations, Carl won’t get to blow the candles on his cake and to play with other kids. He is attached to machines at the pediatric intensive care unit of the Philippine Heart Center (PHC), fighting for dear life.…

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WHILE Congress takes time debating the proposed reduction in the withholding tax on income, taxpayers are burdened with other taxes and increasing prices of goods and services. In Quezon City, for instance, real property owners have to suffer 39 to 131 percent increases in their tax payments this year following…

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IT is regrettable that the commemoration of what united most Filipinos 31 years ago has become a time to show the world how politically divided the Philippines is. The thousands of people, mostly what we now label as millennials, who massed at the historic EDSA People Power Monument in Quezon…

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SOME key members of the Duterte Cabinet are apparently as confused as many of us on the anti-corruption policies and pronouncements of the President. While it is clear from the start—even before Rodrigo Duterte was elected to the highest office―that corruption and criminality are top priorities in his governance policy,…

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REMOVING plunder from the list of heinous crimes to be covered by the proposed restoration of the death penalty has added spice to the already divisive proposed bill pending in Congress. Congressmen, led by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, should realize that they are in power to serve the people, and not…

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THE death penalty has always been a divisive issue in the Philippines, whether it is about restoring or outlawing the punishment. Reviving the death sentence involves many side issues that are equally debatable, such as the nature of the crimes covered, the method of imposing it, and the strong objection…

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THE penalty should be harsher for offenders who are law enforcers and lawmakers. Even if law-breaking enforcers and lawmakers comprise a tiny percentage in their respective organizations, they tarnish the image of the institution and consequently contribute to a decline in public trust. It gives a perception of a breakdown…

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THE children are our future, goes a line from the song, “The Greatest Love of All”. In this month of January when many places in the country celebrate the feast day of the Santo Niño, we are reminded of the life of Jesus Christ as an innocent child to…

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COSMETIC products have become more popular with younger women nowadays, or so it seems. During my teenage years, we got to wear make-up only on special occasions such as school presentations, graduations and the like. Nowadays, you see young girls, some even in their high school uniforms, wearing lipstick, enhanced…

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