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President Benigno Aquino 3rd the other day rebuked Administrator Antonio Nangel of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) for his failure to meet his agency’s target. Mr. Aquino was guest speaker in the agency’s 50th founding anniversary celebration. As it turned out, there was nothing to celebrate, if the statistics are…

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Whenever a government agency or a large private corporation celebrates a milestone such as an anniversary, a favorite guest to invite is the POTROTP. That acronym stands for President of the Republic of the Philippines, by the way, and it’s something we made up. We know, we know. It’s not…

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What did you expect? It’s been four years, and there is no end in sight to the Maguindanao massacre. That prompts the families of the victims at least some of them—to cut a deal with the perpetrators. To these people, justice is so far away, if not impossible to reach.…

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Newspapers in the past few days are rife with allegations that certain Filipino consulate officials in the Middle East are forcing women to perform sex act in return for airline tickets back home. The women had sought refuge in the Philippine embassies after escaping from their abusive Arab employers, only…

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The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) have been sniping at each other recently, with each blaming the other for the delayed public works project all over Metro Manila that have exacerbated the perennial flooding problem of the metropolis. There is no…

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One of today’s columnists writes about Joanne Urbina, who was in the news recently for the worst possible reason. Urbina was the victim of a huge miscarriage of justice, and the government is clearly at fault. She was detained for five years without facing any charges. Happily for her, she…

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For a country with an agriculture-based economy, the government has not given farm workers all the support they need. For the most part, small farmers —as opposed to the hacienderos and big, corporate owned farms—have been left to their own devices. Although there have been some attempts to provide the…

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Flood is something we’ve already taken up in this space, but we’re revisiting it simply because it is too big a topic. Moreover, there are developments that cry out for comments and clarification. President Benigno Aquino 3rd announced yesterday that his administration would relocate 20,000 families living on riverbanks to…

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The peso slipped briefly to the P44:$1 level Friday morning, causing some jitters, before rising back to the P43:$1 level at the end of the trading day. Importers, in particular, were worried that the fall of the local currency would continue without the intervention of the central bank. But this…

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The case of a woman detained by authorities for more than five years without any case filed against her is a shocking reminder of what’s wrong with the justice system—and everything else in this country. A few days ago, the Court of Appeals ordered the release of Joan Urbina, saying…

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