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Viral law: Stop spreading false information

There is a pandemic of false information that is as deadly as the coronavirus disease 2019. As it is, fake news is a scourge in modern society. It destroys reputations, causes mental stress, disturbs psychological well-being, and in some cases, results in the injury and death of the affected individuals. False information in these times literally kills.

Making sense of the virus

It has been a week under the “enhanced community quarantine” -- enhanced because it now covers the whole island of Luzon instead of just Metro Manila; community quarantine because the original term of “lockdown” was a shutdown and wasn’t reassuring.

A new hope for our police

In times of panic and market free fall, in an era where corruption pervades and killings persist, a spark of light and a glimpse of new hope comes from our men and women in uniform, our police force. It is ironically one of the last offices in government where we, the citizenry, can expect change or pin our safety and well-being despite its long standing motto “to serve and to protect.”

Bureau of Immigration hollowing out

In December 2016, or barely six months into an administration that is very strong on fighting corruption, two high ranking Deputy Commissioners of the Bureau of Immigration, Al Argosino and Michael Robles, were arrested based in an entrapment operation for demanding and receiving the grand sum of P50 million as extortion money from a Chinese gambling personality named Jack Lam.

Politicians as endorsers

Lately, we have been seeing more politicians, whether national or local, appearing on billboards and advertisements. The products and services that they push for may be straightforward but something doesn’t feel right. Are they supposed to do it? Is it legal or ethical for politicians to be endorsers?

Abolish the travel tax

In the era of tax reforms that are meant to simplify life for taxpayers, streamline tax collection effort. and enhance revenues for government, the Philippine travel tax that is imposed on departing Filipinos for abroad (with exemptions) in the amount of P1,620 per person is outdated at best and illegal at worst.

Passports for sale

A distressing piece of news, so early in the brand new year, that yet more corruption of our sovereignty and a bastardization of our...

Justice served?

It is to be expected -- the conviction after 10 long years of Zaldy Ampatuan and some others for the murder of 58 people back in 2009. How can it be otherwise?

Investigating the water contracts

Now THAT we know that there is problem with our national power grid, it being run by state-owned company of China, and how to solve it (https://www.bworldonline.com/investigating-the-grid), we turn our attention to our problem with water.

Investigating the grid

It is a simple case to make. We are totally dependent on energy for our essential needs. Our stores and factories require electricity. Our airports, sea ports, and all sorts of transport terminals require power to operate. By any definition, legal or otherwise, any facility that provides such a service is a public utility, a vital installation of national interest for national security.

Rule of Law in Hong Kong, on enforcement

From our discussion last week (Nov. 18, www.bworldonline.com/rule-of-law-in-hong-kong), we continue with the law enforcement issues of the Hong Kong police.

Rule of law in Hong Kong

We grew up with Ocean Park and Victoria Peak, dim sum and roast duck. And now, there are images of burning and videos of violence in the streets of Hong Kong. How do we make sense of it?

HIV in prisons, or how a society treats its criminals

The problems in our prison systems are well-documented. These include severe congestion and extreme delays in courts. Another issue is the acute lack of care for their health.

VP Leni only needs a day

It is the blame game at its finest, or rather, at its worst. The administration admits to the colossal failure of the war on drugs after three years of non-stop killings. To distract the public and prove its incompetence, the Office of the Vice-President is challenged to solve the drug problem.

Ninjas in our midst

I grew up on ninja films featuring those secretive, stealthy and skillful operatives that hide their faces. They are also killers and assassins. The Japanese characters actually mean the “one who perseveres,” probably because they train hard and long to be who they are. They honor a code unto themselves and to their principals.

The non-economic consequences of POGO

First, POGO stands for Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators. Regardless of any acronym or euphemism, it is into making money from a vice. The economic effects are easily seen in the higher rental rates, higher salaries, and higher fees for support service providers. These are to be expected from a business with high margins.

Governance by crisis

We Filipinos love opportunities. That opportunities arise out of crisis is the proven management principle. How else can we explain our ability to create crisis after crisis?

An analysis of the new Corporation Code

Change is generally good. Revising obsolete laws is a good exercise. Old laws trap us and our businesses in old practices and mindsets. New ones provide a chance for a clear framework, simple implementation and a fresh start.

The economics of crime

People are rational, at least in general. There is a reason for action, or inaction.

Resolving right of way

Eminent domain is the power of the State to take private property, without or against the owner’s consent, for public use with just compensation. The idea is that the public good overrides private rights. It is for the common interest and is a necessity in a functional society.

Innocence of crime

All men start as good-natured spirits. No one is born evil. Everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty. All children are innocents although they may commit wrongdoing. These are evident.

Why we queue

IT is a life of queues if you believe me. From the time we queue in our mom’s womb to await our order of birth, to the end when we wait for our turn at the cremation chamber or the procession to the cemetery, it is always a line-up. Either earlier, or later or right on the dot, it doesn’t matter. We start and end with lines anyway.

The business of corruption

PERHAPS there is no field of economics as overstudied or understudied as the causes, effect, and impact of corruption as a good and a service, as an industry and a business.

To sue or not to sue

IF the only permanent thing is change, then conflict is also permanent as all change involves conflict.

Right to refund

IT IS THE HOLIDAYS and the season for shopping. It is also the time to be frustrated with retail customer service that ranges from the “no exchange, no refund” policy to false marketing and defective goods. By and by and almost universal in the Philippines, sales people are the fastest and friendliest to close. But once your battered credit card is swiped, good luck, your money is gone forever. This is clearly a violation of our human right to buy and be happy.

Justice Infrastructure

WITH the word “infrastructure,” we see roads, smell bridges and hear airports. We touch PPP and we taste BBB. Humans are embodied and connected to the physical world in very tangible ways. There is no argument against the necessity and importance of infrastructure to commuters and to country. It is essential to daily living and quality of life.