“With the Quantitative Restriction (QR) on import of rice, expected to be abolished in July, 2017, in the Philippines, it is a need of the hour to work out an interim strategy to build the capacity of domestic farmers and other...Read More
The lachrymose Sen. Vicente “Tito” Sotto III turned bellicose after a week of relentless beatings by the plagiarism police. He had enough of it and he was not going to take it sitting down anymore. So he stood up and delivered a...Read More
Decency, it is often said, is a liability in politics. That’s why lowlifes excel in politics. Public service should not be confused with politics. Public service is what decent human beings like Jesse Robredo do. Politics is...Read More
On the 102nd anniversary of the Philippine Tuberculosis Society, Inc. (PTSI), we have chosen as theme, controlling TB by curbing tobacco usage. This theme is most appropriate in light of the recent initiative of both the...Read More
The Sin Tax, as passed by the House, faces tough opposition in the Senate. Senate President Enrile said it will be madugo. Why should it be bloody?
The bill, according to its opponents, deals primarily with revenue enhancement and only secondarily as a public health issue. And so, while people are dying from emphysema, cancer, liver cirrhosis and a whole host of ailments associated with smoking and heavy drinking, some senators will pretend that the issue at hand is fair and effective taxation and the welfare of those who depend on tobacco and alcohol for their living, not health.Read More
It was the high school graduate, Sen. Lito Lapid, who delivered the best speech on verdict day. If prosecution lawyer Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas needed only one word—Palusot—to sum up Corona’s defense, then Lapid also needed only one word to locate where judgment must come from: Konsyensya.Read More