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THE Commission on Audit (COA) reports every year the compensation of government officials, including the principal officers and members of the boards of government-owned-or-controlled corporations and their subsidiaries. The report divides compensation into basic salary; personnel economic relief allowance/additional compensation (PERA/AdCom); allowances, bonus, incentives and benefits; extraordinary and miscellaneous expenses…

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If you go by their pronouncements, it seemed that Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada and Vice-Mayor Isko Moreno have solved the traffic problem in the city with a simple stroke of a pen. They instituted a bus ban in Manila in order to reduce the volume of vehicles on the road.…

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Here are two interestingly contradictory headlines that appeared about a month apart on the Philippine Star’s website, philstar.com:—“Economic boom spreads wealth wider in the Philippines” (written by Associated Press stringer Teresa Cerojano on July 4). “Local execs face empty coffers” (written by Philstar reporter Michael Punongbayan and posted this past…

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Billionaires are buying newspapers and media assets. Not necessarily as a business proposition. The scheme is no different from keeping a K-9 unit in your backyard to scare if not snare thieves or intruders. In business and political parlance, these media investors are buying influence, if not power itself. The…

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The ongoing FIBA Asia tilt in Manila has become very interesting after China was trounced by Iran, 70-51, and the Philippines thrashed Japan, 90-71. In the global stage, Japan and China are superpowers with enough weapons and logistics to take part in another world war. But the military and economic…

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That South Korean company interested to enter the telecoms market in the Philippines may have to wait longer before it can enter the market. Thomas T. Y. Shinn, chairman and chief executive of Korea Importers Association (Koica), told reporters that a “big” South Korean telco is interested in pursuing a…

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It was no surprise to me that the Makabayan Bloc in Congress, namely Partylist Representatatives Antonio Tinio of ACT Teachers, Neri Colmenares and Carlos Zarate of Bayan Muna, Luz Ilagan ang Emmi de Jesus of Gabriela, Fernando Hicap of Anakpawis, and Terry Ridon of Kabataan were the first to give…

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Rep. Manny Pacquiao of Saranggani was present in the first two sessions of the House in the 16th Congress. Hallelujah! That’s hundred- percent attendance, very impressive when compared to his overall attendance in the 15th Congress where he was one of the top absentees. Unfortunately, good things never last. His…

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Benigno S. Aquino 3rd came to power via Tuwid na Daan. He has built and is sustaining the political capital by doing what he promised to do, be right. There have been several examples of crossing the proverbial line and this is frequently justified by an often-repeated quote from former…

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