Fund rice production with subsidies from imports


By Rose de la Cruz


An urgent proposal made to President Duterte of using funds to buy imported rice at 800,000 metric tons under Executive Order No. 23 to subsidize local production was raised in a letter that was published by the Inquirer early January.


The proposal was made by Bernie Lopez, a newspaper columnist, as he stated that the budget for such rice imports, if used for domestic production of the staple, would dramatically improve local production toward self sufficiency status.


“This is the key to emancipation from agricultural slavery under the World Trade Organization,”…

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Duterte asked to create a Benham Rise authority


By Rose de la Cruz


To avoid confusion and future disputes with China and other nations, President Duterte is being asked to create an authority that would govern and oversee any possible exploration and research operations in the Benham Rise, whose name is also being changed to Philippine Rise.


Benham Rise is a very rich and marine- biodiverse resource off Aurora and Isabela, which had been awarded by the UN to the Philippines after scientific research established its proximity to the Philippine exclusive economic zone. But China is claiming this (aside from Scarborough Shoal) for its own.…

Read more: Duterte asked to create a Benham Rise authority

“Butanding” the film is on a rough sailing


 By Boy Villasanta


What is the producer’s right to mangle the artistic creation of a filmmaker under her employ?

            This is the question being asked when US-based Fil-Am singer Lou Duque Baron decided to re-edit “Butanding,” an original work of veteran director Ed Palmos on the life, influences on humans and biodiversity of “butanding,” a whale shark found in large numbers like a school exclusively in Donsol, Sorsogon. Although the film had been premiered one night in the Philippines two years ago, it has to see a larger screen audience here and abroad.

            The advocacy feature…

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More than just donating, SMFI enhances learning experience through better amenities


By Rose de la Cruz


Whenever the SM Group, through the SM Foundation Inc., donates a brand-new or a newly-repaired and refurbished school building, it goes beyond giving the edifice but provides amenities that would enhance the learning experience of students.


Last Wednesday, the SM Prime and Star Appliances, through the SMFI, donated a two-storey, four classrooms, brand-new school building to the Mayamot Elementary School in Antipolo that came with 200 armchairs, four each of which are left-handed armchairs per classroom, two wall fans per classroom, a toilet and wash closet inside the rooms, teachers’ desks,…

Read more: More than just donating, SMFI enhances learning experience through better amenities

Aga Muhlach reminisces about Maryo J.


By Boy Villasanta


Prizewinning actor Aga Muhlach shared his gratitude to Maryo J. de los Reyes when he paid his last respects to the departed filmmaker at the Loyola Memorial Chapels in Commonwealth Wednesday evening. He was sad when he heard the news of Maryo’s passing.


“It was Direk Maryo who gave me the break as a newcomer,” said Aga.


It was in “Bagets,” the first version, that he was introduced as Aga Muhlach (he was screen named Ariel Muhlach, his real name in his first two films with aunt Amalia Fuentes) together with William Martinez,…

Read more: Aga Muhlach reminisces about Maryo J.

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