Briones tightens rules on suppliers

By Chito Junia

THE Department of Education (DepEd) has tightened its suppliers’ accreditation and bidding procedures, especially in its computer procurement program, after problems and allegations of corruption in its earlier procurement of computers were reported.  

In an effort to curb corruption in her agency, Education Secretary Leonor M. Briones also earlier ordered that the number of the members of Bids and Awards Committee be increased from three to five.

The move is seen to spread the billions of pesos worth of contracts to several committees and to avoid fraternization between DepEd officials and suppliers.

With reports of well-entranced…

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PRES. DUTERTE’S WAR on DRUGS VS WAR on POVERTY

The DUTERTE Administration must now see the “writing on the wall”.

The recent news of a Japanese national selling FOOD for a CAUSE never happened before. This is because he has seen extreme poverty in the Philippines.

The continuing WAR ON DRUGS in Marawi City could happen in other cities anytime. The immediate declaration of Martial Law in the area was timely to save the city.

The Duterte Administration however, still has to continue studying the root cause of drugs.

We venture to say that the root cause could be poverty since everyone claims to be pushing drugs for money…

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When Will the Battle of Marawi City End? Study History!

AS OF press deadline, the current Battle of Marawi City (May 23, 2017) is yet to see its conclusion.  

It had run for four weeks and a couple of days – an entire month, since Tuesday, May 23. It has taken longer than the Battle of Marawi City of 1972 (October 21, a month after Martial Law was declared on Sept 21 -23, 1972.), Battle of Jolo (Feb 4 – 11, 1974) ,Kauswagan (March 15 – 16, 2000) and the Siege of Zamboanga (Sept 8, 2013) that lasted two or three weeks.

 

YESTERDAY

In February 1973, the MNLF…

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Charter's ML provisions watered-down

DESERVING utmost clarity is the issue of when rebellion may be said to have started in Mindanao, in the search for the factual basis of Proclamation No. 216 that declared martial law over the largest island of the country. 

The issue may be rephrased, vidilicet, "was there already rebellion when government forces entered Marawi City last May 23?"

Government lawyers have orally argued before the Supreme Court that military intelligence reports unearthing rebellious activities had caused the sending of troops to protect the city and its residents, and that when they got there, the city was already well…

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War against IS

THE war against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (IS, for short) is a rule-changing kind of global war never before experienced by mankind. 

It is characterized by IS's religious bigotry, extreme hate, visceral prejudice, unbridled cruelty and utmost treachery. I of course refer to the radical and extremist face of Islam.

IS cannot be engaged in conventional warfare because it is not a "state," its calling itself as such notwithstanding. 

The term "state" is universally understood as a composite of five elements, namely: territory, people, government, independence, and sovereignty. 

IS does not have a territory,…

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