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Rethink plan to allow foreign ownership of land

Land is such a scarce resource, and a finite one at that.

Drinking plastic

An item a couple of months ago in the online international edition of UK-based publication The Guardian had caught my eye: “WHO launches health...

Gardens required

Way back post-war, I was told, public schools taught practical skills like carpentry; maintained school gardens planted to vegetables; and put students in “junior...

Fighting malaria and dengue

The world was well on its way to controlling malaria -- a very old disease transmitted through mosquito bite, much like dengue -- until...

Back to June

In a column last October, I raised the issue of whether or not we are aiming -- as a matter of government policy --...

The Quintessential Old-Timer

I refer to him as the Quintessential Old-Timer. It was the way he did things, the way he went about them, in the past...

Regulating vaping

Several studies have been made public since the start of the year indicating that “vaping” or the use of e-cigarettes, as a substitute for...

Going electric

In June 2010, about eight years ago, Silicon Valley-based automaker Tesla Motors made Japan its first Asian market for highway-capable electric cars by shipping...

Remembering RM

Ramon del Fierro Magsaysay of Zambales, the 7th president of the Philippine Republic, died 61 years ago, as his Manila-bound plane crashed in the...

Passportify?

We might yet see the advent of an application by 2019, to be available on mobile phones, that can allow Filipino citizens to renew...

Goodman Richard

Last Monday morning, I had the privilege and the pleasure to board the US Navy amphibious ship USS Bonhomme Richard, which was anchored in...

Get it done, then move on

In many instances in our history, we appear to have stayed in place rather than having moved forward. In some cases, we even slid...

Congestion and corruption

Four years ago, I raised a question in this column: “Where do we lose most: from corruption in government, from tax evasion, or from...

The death of scruples

I have come to the conclusion that in this modern day and age, that scruple is dying. Technology may be partly to blame, in...

Sacrificed at the altar of law and politics

Almost every day, I pass by the unfinished structure of what should have been the second building of Ospital ng Makati. This Malugay Street...

Long-term planning

Here we go again, about to take another roller coaster ride, if Senator Risa Hontiveros would have her way to cut the value-added tax...

Acting in favor of the people

Finally, after 19 months, the Supreme Court has lifted its temporary restraining order (TRO) on the release of about 700,000 motor vehicle license plates...

The cost of reliving the past

It is easy enough to take for granted particularly every-day things. After all, anything common or ordinary tends to be forgotten quickly. We normally...

Zamboanga by its neck

I knew very little to nil about Pagadian City up until my freshman year in the university. A schoolmate’s mother hailed from there, and...

The TRAIN has arrived

Republic Act No. 10963 or the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law that Congress passed several weeks ago took effect New Year’s...

Wishes

My wishes for Christmas 2017 include the following: that people stop smoking; or at the very least, that people who litter unfinished cigarettes and/or...

Rethink the FDA

We have beefed up the military, to protect the country from external and internal threats. We have beefed up the national police, to fight...

Much noise about black rock

There has been much noise in media lately regarding a certain black rock. In particular, there has been an effort to create the perception...

Drastic and urgent measures against pollution

A report in The Philippine Star yesterday said the German Federal Government would invest €1 billion (equivalent to $1.2 billion) in environment projects in...

Federalism needs shepherds

I am undecided on the call for “federalism.” The matter requires deeper study. We must carefully review the successes and failures of countries where...

Pension reform now

While lawmakers work on the government’s tax reform program, perhaps the Duterte administration should already ask Congress to initiate reforms in pension systems. In...

Is it time to open the pit again?

The issue, to me, is not whether we should allow open-pit mining. Rather, it is a question of whether we can strictly enforce laws,...

Time to move up

Militants in the jeepney industry won, while the public lost, during the two-day transportation strike early this week. Their “win,” however, was at the...

Convergence of dissatisfaction

I spent a good part of Tuesday morning, about 3 hours, renewing my driving license. If memory serves me, I have not spent that...

Education is about quality, not quantity

In the Manila North Cemetery, I have read, is an American Teachers Memorial. It is said to mark a special plot, put up in...

‘In Memiriam’

Tomorrow, Sept. 29, marks the 1st death anniversary of Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago. While in service, she had her fans, as well as her...

Busting bottles

We have had our “convenience” with bottled beverages for decades, or with plastic bottles in general, and I believe now is the time to...

Delusions of democracy

US political scientist Larry Jay Diamond says that modern-day democracy consists of four key elements: (a) A political system for choosing and replacing the...

Killing me softly

Killing me softly Fourteen years ago, my mother succumbed to cancer. She died eight days short of her 60th birthday. That was more than a...