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    ROLLY G. REYES

    UP freezes tuition collection this coming first semester. With free tuition, time to rally some more?

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    BUCOR chief resigns amid reports of drug trade resurgence in prison. Resignation is not enough. He should be investigated and proper charges should be filed if he is found to be in collusion with inmates/drug lords. No easy way out.

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    Supt. Marvin Marcos reinstated. He must be happy with his fortune. Marvin Gay(e) music please.

    Seriously, this move is raising howls from every corner of our archipelago. And I agree. Even PRRD’s allies are questioning with disgust the apparent effort “to shield and protect” erring police officers. General Bato’s comment that “we are paying for his salary doing nothing so we might as well give him something to do” has added insult to injury.

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    New Appointees:
    President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Court of Appeals Presiding Justice Andres Reyes Jr. as associate justice of the Supreme Court. Reyes will replace Reyes (Associate Justice Bienvenido Reyes.) Duterte’s previous two other appointees were fellow San Beda Law graduates Samuel Martires and Noel Tijam.

    President Rodrigo Duterte also appointed retired Army general Eduardo del Rosario as chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC). Dionisio Santiago, a former chief of the Armed of the Forces of the Philippines (AFP), was named head of the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), and Raul Lambino as Administrator and Chief Executive Officer of Cagayan Economic Zone Authority.

    Other appointees were Moro Islamic Liberation Front political affairs chief Ghadzali Jaafar, who was designated amirul hajj or leader of Muslim pilgrims, MetodioTurbella, who was named Environment department director IV, Walter Besas, who was appointed Dangerous Drugs Board deputy executive director and Eric Distor, who was named National Bureau of Investigation Director III. And recently, Francis Tolentino as political adviser.

    The lineup deserves a positive recognition of the government’s promise to streamline and professionalize public service. It is also a warning that officials should not sleep on their jobs as they can be replaced any time. Wish you all well.

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    Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) distributes relief goods to Marawi evacuees. We want to hear from the Catholic Church if they did the same thing aside from spewing mouthfuls during homilies.

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    ‘Unfriendly’ Korean fighter jets grounded. Troops on the ground are waiting for “friends request” to be accepted.

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    The Ilocos Six are being detained at the Batasan Complex for refusal to answer questions on the alleged fraudulent use of the P66.45-million tobacco excise funds. Are they now indefinitely serving a sentence without trial?

    It’s not true that the House of Representatives is planning to introduce a bill making Batasan a satellite office of the Bureau of Corrections. No detention cells are being constructed as of now.

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    Vice President Robredo wants to pay the protest fee after a recount. But I remember that last May 2, Robredo claimed that she is “ready to be buried in debt” to protect her position as the Vice President after she paid the first installment for her counter-protest. Strict on BBM and soft on Leni?

    I suppose no interest payments will be charged if she decides to pay by monthly installments.

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    News: De Lima files administrative, criminal complaints vs Aguirre. She wants him badly as a cell mate. Bong and Jinggoy are not enough.

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    (SWS) survey shows 57 percent public support for President Duterte’s declaration of martial law. This came after a 78 percent record high performance satisfaction rating. BBC’s Stephen Sackur should update Sonny Trillanes.

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    The Chicago Sun-Times, the city’s oldest continuously published daily and winner of eight Pulitzer prizes, has been sold to an investor group, reportedly for $1.Cheap if sales tax is included.

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    CBS News and the BBC on Thursday announced a new editorial and news gathering partnership that aims to boost their global strength against rivals such as CNN.

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    San Miguel to enter electronics manufacturing business. Seems a good happy hour combo – beer and chips. Cheers!

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    News: Duterte, DENR chief vow to act against ‘destructive’ miners. And this was the action taken:

    DENR sues Ipilan Nickel for illegal tree cutting. Mining firm faces fresh probe over unlawful road construction. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Friday filed with the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor of Palawan a criminal complaint against Ipilan Nickel Corp. (INC) over its massive indiscriminate tree cutting in Brooke’s Point town.

    This developed as the DENR is looking into yet another violation by the INC, this time in connection with the illegal construction of a mine yard road within its mining area.

    In its complaint filed through Brooke’s Point Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer Conrado Corpuz, the DENR accused INC of felling some 677 trees, most of which are hardwood species, in an area not covered by the tree cutting permit the company secured last year.

    This is a clear violation of Section 77 of Presidential Decree No. 705, or the Forestry Code of the Philippines, according to the DENR.

    Corpuz said the case they filed on Friday was “just the first in a series of cases against the INC.”

    For his part, Palawan Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Felizardo Cayatoc said the filing of complaint against INC was based on the instruction of DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu to “not let INC off the hook.”

    “INC is criminally liable and Secretary Cimatu wants to ensure that irresponsible miners do not get around the law,” Cayatoc pointed out. Earlier in May, no less than Secretary Cimatu served the show cause order to INC over the massive indiscriminate tree cutting within its MPSA area.

    Based on initial reports, the INC cut down some 7,000 trees, majority of them are premium native species, such as Malabayabas, Apitong-baboy, Nato and Agoho.

    Good job DENR!

    Good work, good deeds and good faith to all.

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