Oplan RODY in provinces alarms group

JURRASIC, out-of-tune, and an intended ploy to endear local politicians with incoming President Rodrigo Duterte.

That was how youngsters feel at the intensified implementation of Oplan RODY (Rid the Streets of Drunkards and Youth) in several cities and municipalities in the Philippines, launched ostensibly to curb vices and petty crime.

For the Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan (SPARK), the LGUs’ intensified campaign against petty criminals and street vagrants is out of tune not only with the current traffic situation, but also with the expected societal changes brought about by the government’s K-12 education program and the student employment program of the…

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OpinYon Back-Page Stories: The P54-M Graft Case of Mayor Maulana

EARLIER this week, Governor Yoichi Masuzoe of Tokyo, Japan has resigned following revelations about his profligate spending habits in a scandal that risked damaging the political fortunes of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Mazusoe’s move was a clear indication of their strict observance of delicadeza which is an admirable value that sadly is missing among many of our local officials especially those accused of the same allegations hurled against the Japanese governor.

Mazusoe’s case therefore brings to mind the P54 million graft case of Mayor Abubacar Maulana and several of his fellow officials of Palimbang town in Sultan Kudarat.

Residents of…

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OpinYon Back Stories: What now for VP Binay?



MORE than a month after the elections, outgoing Vice President Jejomar C. Binay appears to be making himself scarce in the public eye.

His last known public appearance was when he conceded defeat to presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte and urged his supporters to throw their support behind the incoming administration.

Binay placed fourth in the presidential race with 5,318,249 votes or 12.9% of the total votes casted.

So after losing his biggest bet for power, what’s next for VP Binay?

Binays Still Strong

With his surprising (or not) poor performance in the recent presidential race, Binay may be facing…

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Technologies for New Townships

By Ike Seneres

THERE are many definitions of the term “township” but the one that I like the most is the definition that a township is a division of a municipality with some corporate powers.

I like this definition, because the townships that we now have in the Philippines are owned by corporations that already have some corporate powers to some extent.

Stretching that definition, many village associations that already exist now are registered as private corporations that provide services to their own residents (in effect their stockholders), other than, and over and above the services that the municipalities would…

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A Look at the World’s Best Metro Systems

By Rosemarie Senora

CONSIDERING the traffic mayhem caused by the high volume of vehicles on the road, commuters here in the country settle for the not-so-comfortable yet very accessible trains.

And while we are waiting for the improvements to be realized in our mass transport systems, let’s take a look at the few of the world’s best metro systems that the Philippines could take a cue from.

1. Hong Kong

Short for Mass Transit Railway, Hong Kong MTR is famous for its immaculately clean, well-posted, cheap, regular, efficient and convenient system that connects the colony’s end to end, from the…

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