Artist freedom- fighter dies at 88



By Boy Villasanta


A most vocal fight for artistic freedom and free expression, Armida “Tita Midz” Siguion-Reyna, died recently at 88.


She was most vocal against all forms of censorship but an advocate of artistic excellence.


While chairman of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board during the Estrada administration, she abolished the arbitrary X ratings and allowed the showing of bold films like “Sutla” which starred Gary Estrada and Priscilla Almeda and “Sagad” which featured Ara Mina and her screen lovers. Her decision got the ire of many conservatives in society but she continued…

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 Romero bats anew for national fuel reserves



By Rose de la Cruz


To prevent the inflationary push of world crude prices on domestic products and services, Rep. Michael Romero, 2-PACMAN, pushed anew for the establishment of a national strategic fuel reserve for crude oil to be purchased when prices are low in the world market and released here when prices are high.


This responds to the recent remarks of President Duterte that the country lacked fuel reserves.


Economist Romero authored House Resolution 1936 back on May 30, 2018 where he recommended the fuel reserves solution as an anti-inflation measure.


"Now that…

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 LTFRB need not wait for IRR on student fare discount


By Rose de la Cruz


The Land Transport Regulatory and Franchising Board need not wait for an implementing rules and regulation on the student fare discount as the discount provision is a reiteration as spelled out in LTFRB Memo Circular No. 2017-24 but which many public utility vehicles choose to disregard.


According to Rep. Ron Salo of Kabayan partylist the 20 percent student fare discount must be implemented now, and not just during weekdays but also on weekends and holidays.


Salo, one of principal authors of a soon-to-be-law on student fare discounts said the various implementing…

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Congress confirms student fare discount on all days



By Rose de la Cruz


Rep. Frederick Siao, lone district of Iligan City and author of the Student Fare Discount bill, which the Congress has approved said the public utility drivers now have no excuse to not grant the 20 percent fare discount to all students everyday of the year, for so long as they are enrolled.


The intent of the proposed Student Fare Discount Act is to clearly entitle every student in the country the 20 percent transport fare discount on all days the student is enrolled, including weekends and holidays, on all forms of transport, except the chartered…

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Suspicions raised on the timing of MOA signing to end ENDO



By Rose de la Cruz


The Nagkaisa Labor Coalition exposed the ploy of government and private employers to thwart the passage of the end ENDO Bill in the Senate with the reported signing of a memorandum of agreement between the Department of Labor and the Employers Confederation Association of the Philippines.


The timing is suspect. It is being executed and advertised widely while the Senate is on the verge of passing the End ENDO bill, the group said.


The MOA cannot change the miserable situation of our contractual workers. Only a new law can do…

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