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Fraudulent misrepresentation of pre-existing illnesses

Dennis Gorecho . HONEST mistakes on  a pre-existing illness during the pre-employment medical examination (Peme) will not deprive seafarers of their right over disability or death benefits. The POEA contract  bars the compensability of disability arising from a pre-existing illness when attended by his fraudulent misrepresentation. The POEA contract  states ...

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Let’s always be friendly

Fr. Roy Cimagala . WE should try our best to be friendly always with everyone. Irrespective of how they are—and this can include those who in our human standards we consider to be unlikable, or who have done us wrong, or who are even hostile to us—we should just try ...

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Allow UN independent investigation on rights violations

KARAPATAN welcomes the statement of 11 United Nations human rights experts on the need for the United Nations Human Rights Council to conduct an independent investigation into the human rights situation in the Philippines. Such is an apt and urgent response to the human rights crisis being faced by the ...

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Getting used to pluvial flooding

Uriel Quilinguing . IF something happens often, be it desirable or not, most of us become apathetic.  More so, if it is a natural hazard, affecting us in varying degrees of inconveniences which, despite employing mitigating strategies, remain unabated.   Regardless of the weather advisory, Cagayanons and those from nearby communities ...

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Unsolicited advice

Egay Uy . EARLY this week, I surfed the net for articles about anger management while several radio stations discussed the recent viral issue involving a city councilor whose video shows him to have berated a former city mayor and an institution in the local mass media. I believe what ...

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COA vs. Duterte

William Adan . NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental – The Commission on Audit is an independent body mandated by the Constitution to safeguard the resources of the State. Among its primary tasks is to ascertain and assure that all government funds are spent for official expenditures or for the legally intended purpose. ...

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Expectation vs reality

Netnet Camomot . THERE are stories that need to be revealed, but there are times when the revelation can morph into a TMI—too much information—especially for sexual assaults. “What I have watched over the last two years is the world trade on the labor of survivors. They trot us out ...

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Seafarer’s psychosis, severe depression or schizophrenia

Dennis Gorecho . A SEAFARER’S psychosis, severe depression  or schizophrenia may be  considered  compensable due to the work-related  stressful environment  on board the vessel. Seafarers are susceptible to mental health issues due to  harassment and bullying  that can take a wide variety of forms, ranging from physical or verbal aggression, ...

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Issues hounding the ramming through of a Pinoy fishing boat

Batas Mauricio . CAN the people believe that Filipino leaders, more particularly President Duterte and the secretary of the country’s foreign affairs, were not immediately informed that a Chinese military vessel intentionally and deliberate rammed and literally ran over a fishing boat with 22 Filipino fishermen who were adrift at ...

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Rotten fruits, rotten attitudes

Renato Tibon . “A tree is known by its fruit, a man by his deeds.” (Saint Basil) IT perplexes me no end figuring why merchants especially stall retailers sell over-priced fruits and other highly perishable produce while allowing more than half to just waste away and later discarded. I assume ...

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