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PWD cards abused

  BY ROBERT B. ROQUE, JR.   *   MANY people, healthy as a horse, have fraudulently ob­tained genuine persons with disability (PWD) cards, and they reap the benefits they are not supposed to enjoy. Cunning and abusive, they know that having a PWD card entitles the holder discounts of up to 20-percent and ex­emption […]

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High water bill

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High water bill

  BY ROBERT B. ROQUE, JR.   *   MANILA Water Company, Inc. (MWC) is swamped with complaints of customers receiving high water bills. The ruckus started when several consumers received their statements of account this month, charging them almost double the amount (or more) of what they usually pay every month. The bill covered […]

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Too late the hero

BY ROBERT B. ROQUE, JR.   *   THE grass is of no use if the horse is dead. The Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) cash assistance came too late for the departed Mi­chelle Silvertino. Instead, the “huge” P15,400 cash aid was given to her four young children. The 33-year-old single mother died […]

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More public transpo needed

  WHO do you think were more surprised to realize the scarcity of public transporta­tion on the first day of General Community Quarantine (GCQ), the commuters heading to work, or the government’s policymakers? The finger-pointing never stops. When the government loos­ened up restrictions and re­opened several businesses under GCQ, many workers went out in droves […]

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How many secret hospitals are there?

    DURING the raid on an illegal medical clinic, the police confiscated a wide range of medical paraphernalia designed to treat COVID-19 and other diseases. With the ongoing operations against these medical facilities by law-enforcement agencies, it makes the ordi- nary Juan de la Cruz wonder how many of these secret hospitals can there […]

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Relief amid the pandemic

  AS we eagerly prepare for the “new normal” post-quarantine world characterized by fear and un­certainty, we also realize that there are certainties that equally frighten us. One of them is the fear of hav­ing to face suspended payments of utility bills that have accumulated during the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ). Electricity bills were among […]

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