Is there really a clean coal?

HUNDREDS of environmental advocates and members of people's movements marched through the tight security blockade from La Salle Taft to Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), where the East Asian Summit was taking place last November 14.

The groups were protesting moves by some big Asian economies principally backed by Japan PM Shinzo Abe and US President Donald Trump for the continued use of “clean coal” purportedly to power ASEAN nations' growing economies.

“Coal has no place in a region like Southeast Asia,” said Sanlakas Secretary-General Aaron Pedrosa. 

"US and East Asian coal companies, represented by their respective nation's leaders,…

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Stop Corruption in Public Biddings

When President Rodrigo Roa Duterte assumed the presidency in 2016, among the thoughts that he shared with the Filipino people in one of his talks, was his idea that determining the winners in public biddings for government projects should not be based on the lowest complying calculated bid as this is where corruption thrives.

The President is right. He can never be wrong with all the unfinished, if not abandoned government infrastructure projects we can see at the most, or sub-standard government projects, at the least. 

Supply of defective computers to government agencies and supply of a second-hand tourist…

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We Have 10 Years To Prepare For The Next ASEAN Summit

This week is a very busy week for the Philippines. 

It is hosting the 31st ASEAN Summit and the 12th East Asian Summit. It is also the 50th anniversary of ASEAN. 

ASEAN is composed of ten countries – Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. The East Asia Summit is held after the ASEAN Summit on an annual basis since 2005. In addition to the ten ASEAN countries, it includes – China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, India, New Zealand, Russia and the United States. 

Prior to the ASEAN Summit, the APEC Economic Leaders…

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Selective predispositions

OF course we want all the unlawful killings in our communities stopped, and it was not at all necessary for a demonstration rally to be staged by the Yellows to stress the point at the Edsa Shrine on Sunday, November 5.

The rally, highlighted by a Mass officiated by His Grace, Archbishop Socrates Villegas, President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, deplorably denounced only the alleged extrajudicial killings taking place in the course of the administration's war on illegal drugs, in the process proclaiming as martyrs all the supposed victims thereof.

 

Prayers

Yes, it was only proper, indeed,…

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BOC Has New System; Will it Work?

By Chito Junia

Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña is practically moving heaven and earth to curb corruption and smuggling in the Bureau of Customs (BOC).

He has ordered the strict enforcement of the “No Tara” policy, scrapped benchmarking, subjected all loaded containerized vans to x-ray scanning, and suspended the green lane. And now, to further enhance the bureau’s anti-smuggling efforts, particularly in scrapping benchmarking, the bureau has adopted a new queuing and status verification system (SVS) that will enable customs clients to monitor the status of entry documents submitted to the Formal Entry Division (FED).

Under the SVS, valuation of imported…

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