Is the barangay government structure necessary?

Posted by watchmen
August 15, 2017
Posted in OPINION

  An engineer, lawyer, and retired politician chatted over coffee, discussing the barangay government structure, created by former President Ferdinand Marcos, Sr. The topic was the subject of a column I wrote in August of last year, where it was noted, “The barangay concept was an idea of the Marcos regime as a way to …

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A broken promise

Posted by watchmen
August 15, 2017
Posted in OPINION

  It has been a roller coaster ride for the Philippines since President Rodrigo Duterte was sworn into office, with the county currently divided between those who support the president and those who strongly oppose his ideas. Duterte campaigned to stop drugs within three to six months after he became president. With drugs running rampant …

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Confirmed: Jeepney drivers are exempt from the rules

Posted by watchmen
August 14, 2017
Posted in OPINION

  Have previously discussed the issue with jeepneys and the negative impact they have on traffic in the city. They stop intermittently, swerve between lanes, cut off other motorists, are often distracted either searching for potential passengers or counting money – they have, what appears to be, free rein of the roads. Many have looked …

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Ilonggos in Guam unfazed by NoKor threat

Posted by watchmen
August 14, 2017
Posted in OPINION

  “America must be a light to the world, not just a missile.” –Nancy Pelosi Families of Ilonggos living in Guam have expressed serious concern after it was reported that North Korea has threatened to launch missiles in that US territory located roughly 2,500 kilometers from Manila, Philippines. “I worry a lot for my uncles, …

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What I deem more perfect

Posted by watchmen
August 14, 2017
Posted in OPINION

They say “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. Beauty is relative. A word that can never be exact as it depends on what a person perceives to be beautiful. There were many times when we have forgiven a certain amount of “Ugly” simply because of the saying that beauty after all varies from …

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When infidelity rocks the boat

Posted by watchmen
August 12, 2017
Posted in OPINION

“It is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithful to himself. Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving, it consists in professing to believe what he does not believe.” –Thomas Paine A woman politician in Iloilo in the Philippines once threatened to sue her philandering husband, also a prominent …

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Managing roads is no joke

Posted by watchmen
August 12, 2017
Posted in OPINION

  Currently, there are an estimated 70,000 motor vehicles registered with the Bacolod City Land Transportation Office (LTO); 64,000 were registered last year. I mentioned in a previous column, my former boss at the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Bayani Fernando, called Bacolod City roads the “most perfect grid” in the country. However, he questioned, …

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Andres Bautista revelations cast even more doubt on the 2016 election

Posted by watchmen
August 9, 2017
Posted in OPINION

“The Commission on Elections, as a constitutional body, must not only be compliant with the laws ensuring honesty and integrity in the performance of government service, but also be above suspicion of any irregularity being the guardian of the Philippine electoral system.” –Senate President Vicente Sotto III With the recent allegations by the wife of …

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The result when cars are sold at ‘pan de sal prices’

Posted by watchmen
August 8, 2017
Posted in OPINION

I was hired by then-Marikina City Mayor Bayani Fernando as his planner fifteen years ago. He personally taught me about good governance and road development. At the time, EDSA was in such chaos, then-President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo eventually hired him as Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman. Consequently, the chaos of EDSA is not the …

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