TRUTH OF THE MATTER

NOTWITHSTANDING the uncertainty in the mining sector which could greatly affect the country’s economy, President Rody Duterte has maintained that he is backing Environment Secretary Gina Lopez in her   commitment to stop mining operations in the country.

The fact that the President said he was willing to sacrifice the P70-B that mining companies contribute to the national coffers every year in the form of taxes just to support Lopez, should send a very strong and clear message to the miners.

And the message is that the days of giant mining firms - especially those that are illegally operating and…

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HOUSE OF ‘REPRESENTATHIEVES’ NO MORE

FOR the longest time, the Filipino people have been looking and waiting for leaders who would best represent and protect their interests.

It is good to know therefore that the present political leadership under President Rodrigo Duterte has been trying its best to live up to its campaign promises of uplifting the lives of the ordinary people.

But what is more notable is the fact even the House of Representatives  which has been derisively described in the past as ‘House of Representathieves’ is also doing more than its fair share in helping the cause of the masses through its well…

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MORE THAN A VISION

THE DUTERTE government particularly the state planning agency National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) is obviously upbeat after President Duterte recently approved the proposed Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2022.

The economic roadmap will serve as the administration’s development blueprint which hopefully would pave the way for an inclusive growth and slash poverty in the country to 14% by 2022 or five years from now.

Right at the outset, President Duterte has expressed his determination to reduce poverty, especially in the provinces, as well as generate jobs through sustained robust economic growth in the next six years in line with his…

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LEARNING FROM PAST MISTAKES

IF we want to move forward economically as a country, there is really a need to construct a fast, efficient and state of the art national broadband network.   

The reports therefore that the government might start building this year what it described as hybrid model national broadband network was a welcome development for everyone.

In a presser, Information and Communications Technology Secretary Rodolfo Salalima was quoted as saying that their project would aspire to serve at bringing internet access to mainly underserved areas in the countryside.

Salalima is recommending for the government to build a “north to south” broadband…

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DELICADEZA

IN THE Philippines, delicadeza is one word that is known to almost everybody but its application and definition seem to vary from one person to another, especially to many of our high ranking government officials.

Incumbent Education Secretary Leonor Briones once defined delicadeza as a behavior anchored on generally accepted moral standards, thus, its concept can be discerned in laws, rules and regulations concerning behavior of public officials.

Lately, the issue of delicadeza came into a fore after House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez confronted former Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson during a House hearing.

During the confrontation, Alvarez reminded Singson of…

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