Bridge to nowhere

We’ve seen videos in social media of bridges and roads in first-world countries being finished in a matter of days or even hours.

Here in the Philippines, the scenario is entirely different: infrastructure projects languish for years – decades even – and, in the worst case, were never completed at all.

A week or so ago, a mock event on Facebook by an independent candidate running for councilor in San Pedro City became viral among the city’s residents.

The “event”? “3rd Anniversary Celebration ng Tulay ng San Pedro.”

For many San Pedronians, the bridge the candidate is talking about…

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Community Whispers: Gloomy Christmas looms

IN THE Philippines, the joke is that Christmas is celebrated not just on December 25 but as soon as the so-called “-ber” months start. 

Christmas tunes start playing. People would immediately bring out the decorations from their attics. Lists are made, budgets are immediately allocated to ensure that family and friends will experience a bountiful celebration. 

But this year, the usual Christmas spirit seems to be missing, and we’re already in mid-October.

The spiraling cost of goods and services due to high inflation rates may have something to do with it, Philippine Star columnist Ana Marie Pamintuan wrote…

Read more: Community Whispers: Gloomy Christmas looms

BOC corruption persists

BUREAU of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Isidro Lapena may have only scraped the icing in the pie of corruption in his agency.

He may not even know it. But many importers and brokers are shouting out their anger, frustration and disappointment over what they described as grave abuse of discretion by some corrupt customs officials.

These corrupt officials according to importers are out not to do their jobs but to virtually squeeze them off of their hard earned money, even if their documents and declared values are allegedly in order. 

Hard time

And yet, no matter how traumatic and financially…

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Community whispers: Should we amend the Constitution?

Should we amend the Constitution?

Amending the 1987 Constitution is the most important and most contentious change this country will face under President Duterte. It needs to be done with the utmost care.

The Constitution is reactionary in that it was developed in reaction to the excesses of the Marcos regime, and at a time when redeveloping a national identity overrode a need for balance. Consequently, it ended up far too detailed when general policy and ideology are what a charter calls for.

Should we amend the Constitution? Definitely, yes. I’d much prefer that a constitutional convention (Con-con) be formed.…

Read more: Community whispers: Should we amend the Constitution?

May kumita sa pagpapaliban ng halalan

KAMAKAILAN ay may mga ulat na lumabas na ilang mga indibidwal at grupo ang nagiikot sa ibat-ibang bahagi ng bansa at ipinamamalita na hindi matutuloy ang nakatakdang halalan para sa Sangguniang Kabataan at mga opisyal ng barangay ngayong Mayo.

Nagpapakilala ang mga nasabing mga grupo na mga tauhan daw sila ng pamahalaan at sinasabing sa halip mag-eleksyon ay mag-a-appoint na lang si Pangulong Digong ng mga uupong bagong mga opisyal.

Ang modus nila ay sasabihin nila sa mga kandidato na kung gusto nilang makapuwesto ay kailangan nilang magbayad sa kanila para maisama ang pangalan sa listahan ng mga bagong opisyal.…

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