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Reports of Philippine embassy personnel posted in the Middle East either raping or selling distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) into prostitution are a cause for alarm, but only if they are proven to be true. The OFWs are mostly domestic helpers who escaped their employers for various valid reasons, including…

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It’s just one small step, but it could very well lead to a more comprehensive liberalization of the investment climate, something that the country needs if it is to redeem its people from centuries of poverty and ignorance. We applaud President Benigno Aquino 3 for signing RA 10574, which allows…

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Generally speaking, Filipino students were not too fond of the Reserve Officers Training Course (ROTC) when it was a requirement to complete college. Pretending to be soldiers while marching and standing at attention under the hot sun or pouring rain was not anybody’s idea of fun. There was, therefore, much…

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For all of the world’s big airlines, even the smallest accidents are considered very serious matters. This is because a bad scenario can easily become worse, and a worse scenario can turn into the worst possible one: the loss of life. For Cebu Pacific, two accidents that happened within a…

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If we declared a six-year moratorium the entire term of senators on pork barrel distribution, we would be able to buy all the ships and planes and armament to defend the country from foreign aggressors. Or we could close the gap between the requirement for, and our ability to build…

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If you’re not worried about the world’s runaway population increase, something’s wrong with your perception of reality. According to the United Nations, the world’s population will increase from 7.2 billion today to 8.1 billion in 2025, with the developing world, including the Philippines, accounting for most of the increase. The…

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It was bound to happen. After what seemed like an unusually long hot summer, the rainy season finally descended upon the Philippines this week. And did it ever. There was no typhoon, no habagat, just a low pressure area too far away from the National Capital Region to have any…

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Giving its armed forces modern tools and equipment is a responsibility no government should shirk. If past administrations have anything to account for before the people it is their failure to turn the Philippine Armed Forces into something that foreign aggressors would not dismiss so peremptorily. The boldness with which…

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No foreign citizens or groups are allowed to engage in the business of education, the media, transportation, retail trade, and a host of others. So jealous are we of our patrimony that we reserve all these endeavors for the enjoyment of the Filipino people alone. Not, it seems, in the…

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The news that the unemployment rate in the Philippines rose to 7.5 percent in April is definitely bad news for the Aquino administration. With an increase of 0.6 percent compared to the 6.9-percent rate during the same period last year, the 7.8-percent gross domestic product (GDP) growth registered during the…

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