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For someone who can’t enjoy the privileges of a paying member, reading about hefty bonuses for board officials of the Social Security System (SSS) makes an already depressing situation even more devastating. Each of the eight board officers of SSS received at least P1 million bonus for “good performance” in…

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CERTAINLY there is life after the much-abused Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) for senators and congressmen. It may be a life that is not as “happy” as it used to before the P10-billion Napoles pork barrel scam, but a life that is more meaningful, focused, and productive . . .…

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IT’S not just about the money. It’s more about trust. At this time when most Filipinos here and abroad are outraged over massive abuses in the use of the so-called pork barrel funds by several senators and congressmen, expect politicians to engage in theatrics to gain sympathy or to create…

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THE Congressional pork barrel has demonized innumerable persons including those in the religious sector that should serve as our moral compass. It is time to let it go. Yes, the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF)—as the pork barrel is officially called—has done well to many areas once neglected in the…

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To abolish Congress is certainly an undemocratic move. Senators and congressmen are expectedly among the most vocal oppositors to any proposal that will deprive them of what many of them have seemingly regarded either as a family business or a primary source of political power. It is unlikely happen in…

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The raging debate over an estimated P10-billion pork barrel scam has brought to the fore the need to reorient the legislature. Often, lawmakers are referred to as solons, but those who have read about Solon think and believe it is an insult to the Athenian statesman. Solon, born in 638…

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WHO or what agency monitors compliance to/enforcement of Republic Act 7394, the Consumer Act of the Philippines? Has it become a forgotten law? We have been bombarded with false or deceptive sales, advertising, and marketing promotional strategies, and no one seems to be checking on these. One of the primary…

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TODAY’S state of the nation address is the fourth for President Benigno Aquino 3rd since he came to power in 2010. Many of us in the news media have engaged in a guessing game what this year’s slogan will be. Others just don’t care. It’s been three years, and there…

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BUNGLING and delaying the prosecution of a drug case means 12 to 20 years jail term under the law. What if the offenders include the prosecutor general, the chief of all prosecutors, under the Department of Justice? My two-part column published on June 24 (A series of unfortunate events) and…

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When President Benigno Aquino 3rd delivers his 4th state of the nation address on July 22, he will be surrounded by politicians and their spouses who are dressed in their best barongs or suits and gowns. These are the same men and women who dressed down during the campaign to…

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