SENSIBLE AND TIMELY
Editorial cartoon by Romy Castro

SEN. VICENTE Sotto III has a point when he suggested that the state-run Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) could help play a vital role in the government’s campaign to solve the problem of illegal drugs in the country.

Given the fact that drug addiction is categorized by medical practitioners as a form of disease and not simply as an illegal vice, it is about time therefore that Philhealth and the Department of Health (DOH) for that matter to step in and help in addressing the problem.

One area that the health agency can help is…

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SOLOMONIC SOLUTION
Editorial cartoon by Romy Castro

TOP OFFICIALS of the government led by President Rody Duterte himself deserve commendations for their composed and level headed attitude despite mounting pressure concerning our territorial row with China even as a verdict favoring our country was handed down by the United Nations Arbitral Tribunal recently.

Reports emanating from the palace indicated that the administration is willing to talk and to some extent share our natural resources with Beijing in the contested South China Sea areas even after we already won our legal challenge.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay reportedly said the administration hopes to quickly…

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EMERGENCY POWERS
Editorial cartoon by Romy Castro

UNLIKE the outgoing Aquino administration the incoming Duterte government seems determined to really address the traffic congestion problems especially in Metro Manila which it described as ‘bringing shame to Filipinos here and abroad’.

To illustrate the next government’s determination, incoming Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade plans to declare a “traffic crisis” in Metro Manila and revealed that they will also ask 17th Congress to grant emergency powers for Duterte.

Tugade who will be at the forefront in the fight against traffic menace also admitted that the image of the country in the international community has suffered greatly…

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BREXIT
Editorial cartoon by Romy Castro

LOCAL stocks fell by 1.29 percent shortly after Great Britain voted to leave the European Union last week which economic analysts say could affect not only Europe’s economy but other major parts of the world as well.

But unlike in other more progressive countries that have huge and direct dealings with EU and UK, local economists are confident that the so-called Brexit would not seriously affect the country’s economy.

This is because UK is not one of our top export destinations since our main export to UK is not products but people. Overseas Filipino…

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CLOSING-OUT SALE

SOME quarters have likened the way outgoing Aquino administration is disposing-off government assets to a department store that is about to close shop.

Just recently, the interagency Privatization Council has approved the sale of state assets worth P83.1 million.

The decision came barely few days after the council approved the sale amounting to P33.2 million of 5,161-square meter BBC-Legazpi City property, previously owned by former Ambassador Roberto S. Benedicto.

Likewise, the council also gave the green light to sell the 1,146-square meter Wigwam Compound located in Baguio City for P20.7 million formerly owned by trader Jose Campos.…

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