IBF considers Marawi as recipient of its bazaar proceeds
Photo by Art Torres

By Rose de la Cruz

 

With Marawi City having just been liberated from terrorists this week, the International Bazaar Foundation—which holds it day-long annual Christmas bazaar that sell the best products from here and  around the world—is seriously considering the rehabilitation of Marawi City as one of its recipients from the bazaar proceeds. 

To be held on Nov. 26 at the PICC Forum 1, 2 and 3 on Nov. 26, the bazaar will have a total of 4,000 square meters of PICC Forum grounds with 150 booths, of which 80 are for foreign embassies and their…

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Small Marawi reconstruction bonds pushed

 

By Rose de la Cruz

 

Rep. Ron Salo, Kabayan partylist and assistant majority leader, is pushing for the issuance of reconstruction bonds for Marawi in small and large denominations so that overseas Filipinos and the middle class can invest, instead of the government shouldering the entire cost through the national budget.

 

The budget requirements for rebuilding Marawi are simply too big to be loaded on the national budget in one or few tranches.

 

Reconstruction bonds are really the way to spread out the cost over many years while getting the funds in the present and near…

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How many strikes to strike out?

 

By Bo Espiritu

 

President Rodrigo Duterte expressed ire yesterday over the recent nationwide jeepney strike which disrupted the regular commute of many people in the past two days.

Known for his iron-clad, cuss-laced statements, the president is firm in setting a verbal ultimatum to jeepney drivers and operators if they fail to comply with the government’s new regulation on the jeepney modernization program.

“I’m giving you… until the end of the year, sumunod kayo kasi January 1, kapag may nakita akong hindi naka-rehistro, luma, guguyurin ko yan sa harap nyo,” the president said. His harsh words are not to be…

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Legislator wants ML stayed in Mindanao even with Marawi freed from terrorists

REP. Neil Abayon, Aangat Tayo partylist and assistant minority leader, has asked the Martial Law be maintained in Mindanao to prevent the remnants of the Maute Group and ISIS elements allied with Isnilon Hapilon neutralized for good in the south. 

In a statement, Abayon, who is also a member of the committees on appropriations, national defense and security and public order & safety, also lauded the Armed Forces for killing the two most wanted terrorist leaders Hapilon and Omar Maute, which fought off the government troops for over three months that led to massive devastation of Marawi City.

"While…

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The tyranny of public jeepneys
Photo courtesy of the UK Guardian

By Bo Espiritu

Many Filipinos rely heavily on public transport on their way to and from work. While we have more than enough options to clog the metropolitan streets such as buses, UV Express, taxis and ride-sharing platforms, going to the terminal or bus stop will still involve taking the omnipresent jeepney. 

What happens then, when jeepneys go on a massive, nationwide strike? Commuters will have to choose between staying at home and working from home if they have that option, or settle for slightly higher-priced transport such as taxis, UV Express or ride-sharing…

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