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Paradise lost

Paradise lost

  IN response to President Duterte’s order to surrender within 15 days or be hunted as fugitives, many hei­nous crime convicts have chosen to give up the paradise that they have enjoyed briefly through the freedom granted them erroneously. Out of almost 2,000 convicts who gained freedom under the controver­sial Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) […]

Freedom for sale?

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Freedom for sale?

  HEADS should roll in this latest brouhaha at the Bureau of Cor­rections (BuCor). A complete overhaul of the agency should even be con­sidered amid allegations that there were monetary considerations in the early release of prisoners convicted of heinous crimes. Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III disclosed that it was impos­sible to erase from […]

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Opening old wounds

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Opening old wounds

    PICTURE the excruciating pain a parent has to go through after learning of the brutal killing that her son or daughter had suffered in the hands of an abusive and dreaded government official. And after 26 years, can you imag­ine the horror and feeling of injus­tice that opening old wounds brings to the […]

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Threat to security

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Threat to security

  BOTH Houses of Congress should launch an inquiry into the validity of Philippine offshore gaming operation (POGO) facilities in the country. Sena­tors and congressmen should take into account whether these foreign gambling outlets’ financial benefits far outweigh the perceived threat they pose to the nation’s security. The Philippine Amusement and Gam­ing Corporation (Pagcor) has […]

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Sensitive talks

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Sensitive talks

  TALKS between President Du­terte and Chinese leader Xi Jinping scheduled later this month in China may turn out to be their most sensitive dialogue. One reason here is Senate Minor­ity Leader Franklin Drilon’s desire for the President to raise the issue of the rising number of Chinese ships inside our country’s exclusive economic zone […]

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Arming firemen

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Arming firemen

  PRESIDENT Duterte’s recent pro­nouncement that firefighters need to be armed to help police and military in maintaining law and order has raised a lot of eyebrows. Many will agree that firemen do not carry guns because they are not expected to be in any situation that requires being armed. Police officers and soldiers are […]

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