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Ben Contreras has been writing a column for The Gold Star Daily since the 90s.

Amid the election frenzy

Ben Contreras . AMID the election frenzy, there are still people who believe that there won’t be any elections in the future. Their contention is that, elections will not bring change since the corrupt ones are still expected to win, most likely. Just take a cursory look at who are …

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Housing projects, dirty money

Ben Contreras . TED Failon’s housing exposé was not an isolated case. Neither was it a new discovery. It is happening everywhere in the country. That makes us wonder what our Commission on Audit is really doing. COA has been called “Commission or Audit,” although jokingly. There must also be …

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Show the contract

Ben Contreras . DOCUMENTS were sent to my house last week. Before I discuss these, let me share my personal take on “loss of trust and confidence.” What actions fall under this? My brief research would show that this doctrine is so designed to make it easier for employers to …

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Cloud 9

Ben Contreras IF there is one person who is on Cloud 9, it could only be William Guialani. The presidential intervention he’s been hoping to get has finally materialized. I lost track of the dates but the letter from the Office of the President was sent sometime in Aug. 18, …

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Revolution from within

Ben Contreras AFTER watching a documentary on Malaysia, it is very plain to see that we are far behind her in many aspects. Although it is a Muslim country, I didn’t see any image that would instill fear the way some of our Muslim brothers here are doing to the …

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Waiting for his next mistake

Ben Contreras TWO girls, in their tender age, were recently raped and murdered days apart. We saw them on Facebook. But as fast as their lives were snapped was the speed with which their deaths were forgotten. They didn’t have the media mileage and exposures nor did they have visitors …

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Still counting…

Ben Contreras WE’RE still at Nurse I, counting from 165. Tabaranza, Kristia Mariee A with ID# 7202; Tagadiad, Francis Leo C with ID# 6601; Tahud, Edi Rezmel M with ID# 8042; Talampas, William D with ID# 8166; Tampon, Maria Eloisa Pilar R with ID# 8167; Tan, Michelle Anne O with …

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More ‘JO’ names

Ben Contreras MAYOR Oscar Moreno’s accuser Antonio Nuñez Jr. has claimed that one of the “JOs” in the list has executed an affidavit stating he/she gets only P300 a day for his/her service. Thus, it is necessary for those in the list to check their exact wage, and not get …

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Names of ‘JOs’

Ben Contreras SINCE none of our “honorable” (kuno?) except Councilor Leon Gan is willing to investigate the hiring of 435 or more “job orders” or “JOs,” I will enumerate the names of these workers with their the ID numbers, designations,  wages as contracted for two months from July 1, 2017 …

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After one year, still no change?

Ben Contreras / LET it be said again. He who wishes to destroy President Rodrigo Roa Duterte can just sit by and watch his allies do the job. First, they rejected Gina Lopez. Now, they rejected Judy Taguiwalo. Gina Lopez may have been just overzealous but many saw her as …

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