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A twist in the Maria Ressa affair

Nora Soriño .  ILIGAN City — One evening in the line up of standard news which as usual, many began with… “patay ang…” came a breaking news. It did not begin with those two words but it told of the National Bureau of Investigation arresting Maria Ressa of Rappler. Even ...

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Radio charter

Lagrimas Perdio .  WHILE the rules which apply to election campaign is still in that gray area of election period but not campaign period, the level to which radio entertainment is being elevated is hilarious. It is understandable that while restrictions do not yet apply, candidates and aspirants will and ...

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Beneficiaries of seafarer’s death compensation

Dennis Gorecho .  THE legal battle for death compensation of the deceased seafarer, in some instances, becomes a  “telenovela” case due to confusion as to the rightful recipients of the death benefits. Under an employment contract duly approved by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), in the case of work-related ...

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Press freedom in the balance

William Adan .  NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental — The press is a necessity in the working of a democracy. It is an institution external to the government that secures check and balance in governance to protect the interest and welfare of the people. The press informs and educates the public of ...

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Service charge not mandatory

Egay Uy .  IN December last year, the Senate  approved on third and final reading Senate Bill No. 1299 which seeks to require that service charge collected in establishments to be given to all covered employees. Its author, Sen. Joel Villanueva, chairman of the Senate committee on labor, said the ...

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Art of buying a suitcase

Netnet Camomot .  I GOTTA feeling you’ve had it up to here with Marie Kondo’s mantra but it can also be used for shopping choices. While inside a shoe store, hold each pair and ask, Does it spark joy? While inhaling each scent at the perfume store: Does it spark ...

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The Fixer and Fixing Society: Two books in contrast

Dominador Awiten .  WE have below a utilitarian contrast of two books – ala Charles Dickens’.  It was about a person’s redemption, it was about social reform.  It was about a fight for one’s innocence, it was about getting rid of the social malaise of corruption.  It meant the repair ...

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The boat is sinking

Bencyrus Ellorin .  IN September 2015, with Mayor Oscar Moreno fighting several cases, among them the Ajimomoto case, allies thought that the mayor’s boat was sinking. The biggest political setback then was the decision of the then 2nd District congressman Rufus Rodriguez to run for mayor. Many allies of Moreno, ...

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When will we grow up?

Egay Uy .  I HAVE noticed that most people do not know how to follow rules. We can name many instances when this is demonstrated. If you go to the streets, traffic signs have become suggestions because motorists and pedestrians opt to ignore even the simplest traffic sign. Take for ...

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The fort with a view

Netnet Camomot .  ONCE upon a time, there was Fort Bonifacio. Now, there’s Bonifacio Global City where you can walk and walk and walk and eventually reach the condo where you’re staying without inhaling the pollution that usually plagues urban areas in Pinas. Try going to Quiapo, Manila, though, and… ...

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