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Pagasa, Phivolcs, DDR

Pagasa, Phivolcs, DDR

  RECENT separate reports from the World Meteorological Orga­nization (WMO), the UN Inter­national Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have all ranked the Philippines high among countries deemed vulnerable to climate change and the violent weather aberrations it spawns. This gives Filipinos a chilling fear, given the […]

A farmer’s Christmas gift

  OVER the last few months, the country’s agriculture sector had to absorb a series of whammies it did not deserve. After the tariffica­tion law which abolished the state’s rice import monopoly, the industry had its worse ordeal in the African swine flu breakout. Then came the recent devastating tremors in Mindanao that affected thousands […]

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Deeper than deep

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Deeper than deep

  THE damage inflicted on the Philippine National Police follow­ing the involvement of some of its officials in high-profile cases have directly hit the heart and integrity of the agency. Already reeling from controver­sies, the institution has further been deeply demoralized. The latest re­mark of President Rodrigo Duterte declaring his exasperation over the ‘ninja cops’ […]

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Wrong budget priorities

  THE annual budget debate that predictably gives rise again to animosity between the Senate and the House is sure to fire up when Congress returns after its break. Still, like in the past, the hottest items that are expected to stir the hornet’s nest are the issues on realignment and insertions. For instance, the […]

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Gen. Albayalde’s fallout

  IT’S a pity that the person who represents the police and its campaign against illegal drugs, as exposed in the Senate hearings, acted as intervenor for the ‘ninja cops’ in a 2013 drug case. It’s a haunting issue that raised questions on the integrity of the Philippine National Police chief Gen. Oscar D. Albayalde. […]

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On a collision course

  IT all started when Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong, a former CIDG chief, spilled the beans in the Senate about the Bilibid drug trade. To limit the impact of his disclosure, he asked for an executive session where detailof illegal transactions in the national penitentiary were revealed. Right after the closed-door session, snippets of […]

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