HAPPINESS AS GRADE

CAN MONEY buy happiness or to some extent contentment?

For the Philippines’ top business minds happiness for them would be reports of zooming stock markets, improving credit ratings, and sparkling profits made by big business as they are sure signs of economic progress.

But, for Sen. Loren Legarda happiness is not always having pockets full of wads of cash but making sure that the future generation is safe and free from the dangers of global warming and climate change.

Even Department of Environment and Natural Resources secretary Gina Lopez has caught on the idea of gross national happiness, with plans…

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'DISTURBING' DISPERSAL

TO borrow the words of outgoing United States Ambassador Philip Goldberg, the violent dispersal of protesters (mostly brainwashed indigenous people groups) in front of the US Embassy, was “disturbing” as it puts a face to President Duterte’s desire for complete emancipation from the country’s longest ally, US of A.

Disturbing in that it happened at a time when Duterte was in China, sweet talking it to the side of the Philippines (and conveniently tossing away the country’s hard-earned right over the Scarborough Shoal which China encroached in and built a man-made island to house its defense facility), conveniently extricating him…

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DUBIOUS PPP

THE cat is now out of the bag. The government had not been truthful on the character of Public-Private Partnership (PPP).

Finance Secretary Sonny Dominguez recently revealed the true color of PPP and the country’s big money is screwing up the poor Filipinos.

Dominguez said the Duterte administration is doing a rethinking of the PPP program, saying in the past some practices worked against the main purpose of the PPP which was to spur economic development.

 

Changing PPP Culture

According to Dominguez, the past administration used the PPP to raise funds. “We are changing the way we are looking…

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SUSPECT LOYALTY

THE DEPARTMENT of Transportation (DOTr) gets another rebuff from Congress when members of House committee on transportation deliberating on proposed emergency powers bill to solve expressed their disappointment on the agency’s insufficient justifications and lack of comprehensive plan for the requested measure. 

This is the second insult heaped on Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade by the lawmakers from the Lower House who earlier raised the issue of his suspect loyalty after his choices of subalterns for several sensitive posts in the department turned out to be mostly identified with and were working for business conglomerate Ayala and MVP Groups of…

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DUTERTE GAMBIT

IN CHESS, a gambit is an opening in which a player offers a piece with the hope of achieving an advantageous tactical position.

An entry in Wikipedia said the word "gambit" was originally applied to chess openings in 1561 by Spanish priest Ruy López de Segura, from an Italian expression dare il gambetto (to put a leg forward in order to trip someone). 

Lopez studied this maneuver, and so the Italian word gained the Spanish form gambito that led to French gambit, which has influenced the English spelling of the word. 

Gambits are often said to be 'offered'…

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