If there’s a bridge…

Posted by watchmen
August 17, 2019
Posted in OPINION

“Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build bridges even when there are no rivers.” –Nikita Khrushchev Only a bridge could solve problem regarding the Iloilo Strait. It would not kill the local maritime industry but it would provide a better alternative for travelers and commuters, especially during inclement weather. Such a structure would …

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The ‘Yanson 4’ are not backing down

Posted by watchmen
August 16, 2019
Posted in OPINION

Celina Yanson-Lopez, chief financial officer for Vallacar Transit Inc. (VTI), parent company of the Ceres bus liner, recently stated: “Management control is not determined by physical invasion of one’s offices but on corporate shares of stock.” “We remain the majority owners of the company—we have fifty five percent of this company,” she affirmed. “The only …

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Ignorance is more expensive than education

Posted by watchmen
August 14, 2019
Posted in OPINION

There are many proverbs to describe the challenges faced by family businesses in building wealth and leaving a lasting legacy. The Chinese say “wealth never survives three generations,” while the Italians say “from the stables to the stars and back to the stables.” Their languages may vary, but the behavior offers a lot of parallelism. …

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Worrying about tourism

Posted by watchmen
August 12, 2019
Posted in OPINION

“The thing about tourism is that the reality of a place is quite different from the mythology of it.” –Martin Parr After the United Kingdom issued a travel advisory urging their citizens to avoid traveling on ferries and passengers boats between Iloilo and Guimaras following the recent incident where boats capsized, killing 31 passengers, worries …

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‘Murphy’s Law’ and death at sea

Posted by watchmen
August 9, 2019
Posted in OPINION

“As per usual, trouble comes in several directions at once.” –“ Lirael” by Garth Nix Some of the victims of last weekend’s tragedy in the Iloilo Strait were warned by relatives and other “concerned” individuals to not take the trip due to bad weather conditions. While the victims likely did not listen because they already …

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The paradox of inclusive education

Posted by watchmen
August 7, 2019
Posted in OPINION

August 5 marked the opening of classes for state universities. The reason why classes open in August is for so-called “ASEAN integration.” However, changes are anticipated for the next academic year as, due to synchronization, the date may be moved to September. The new semester marks another year in the life of faculty members. Throughout …

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No ‘pipitsugin’ Ilonggo lawmakers

Posted by watchmen
August 6, 2019
Posted in OPINION

“As lawmakers, our job is to listen to our constituents. If our phones are ringing off the hook with people demanding to know where we stand on an issue, we pay attention.” –US Senator Chris Murphy There is no historian that can characterize an Ilonggo lawmaker as a “non-performing asset” in either the House of …

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Benitez said it right

Posted by watchmen
August 3, 2019
Posted in OPINION

During a recent session of the Negros Occidental Provincial Board, former Negros Occidental third district Rep. Alfredo Benitez, who currently served as Negros Occidental consultant for investment and economic enterprise, presented a development plan for the province. He emphasized, while the province is agriculture-based, it would be sensible to focus on tourism. The former legislator …

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