Hope I don’t ‘disappear’ like Jamal Khashoggi

Posted by watchmen
October 17, 2018
Posted in OPINION

“If we believe that murder is wrong and not admissible in our society, then it has to be wrong for everyone, not just individuals but governments as well.” –Sister Helen Prejean   Despite being in the United States, I hope I don’t “disappear” after writing a story critical of the Philippine government. Journalists around the …

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SSS will collect over P1.39M from convicted employers

Posted by watchmen
October 17, 2018
Posted in OPINION

Social Security System (SSS) will collect over P1.39 million in unpaid contributions and penalties after two delinquent employers were convicted by the Quezon City Regional Trial Court (RTC). This is a wake-up call for employers who are incompliant with the requirement of making SSS contributions for their employees. SSS means business and offending employers can …

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Be ready for the debate

Posted by watchmen
October 16, 2018
Posted in OPINION

“I love argument, I love debate. I don’t expect anyone just to sit there and agree with me, that’s not their job.” –Margaret Thatcher   Ilonggo senatorial candidate Mel Carreon, who has been the object of ridicule in previous elections, is a good speaker – a trait unknown to many observers. According to his erstwhile …

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The message conveyed from infighting among political families

Posted by watchmen
October 16, 2018
Posted in OPINION

  “…If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand…” –Mark 3:24-25   The conflict between half-brothers incumbent Senator JV Ejercito and former Senator Jinggoy Estrada, along with the clash between full-blooded siblings incumbent Makati City Mayor Abigail Binay and former Makati …

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Choose the lesser evil

Posted by watchmen
October 15, 2018
Posted in OPINION

  “It’s so important to realize that every time you get upset, it drains your emotional energy. Losing your cool makes you tired. Getting angry a lot messes with your health.” –Joyce Meyer   The “nabutang kami sa tunga (we are caught in the middle)” excuse does not hold water in politics. Friends and allies …

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Inaugurating the Stonehill Suites

Posted by watchmen
October 13, 2018
Posted in OPINION

The inauguration and blessing of the Stonehill Suites last Wednesday was packed with VIPs, including politicians, socialites, and members of the business community. The newly-minted Bacolod City hotel is contributing to the growing tourism industry in Negros Occidental and is ready to serve local and foreign tourists in town for the ongoing MassKara Festival. The …

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Complications at the supermarket

Posted by watchmen
October 12, 2018
Posted in OPINION

“Scanner price accuracy is an important criterion for maintaining consumer confidence.” –Former Canadian Federal Competition Commissioner Konrad von Finckenstein   A recent trip to a local supermarket turned out to be more complicated than expected. With the store circular in hand, picked up an item that was marked on sale. As usual, there was a …

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No sympathy for Conor McGregor

Posted by watchmen
October 12, 2018
Posted in OPINION

“I want to stay humble, but I have to talk because the other guys talk too much, and… I understand the crazy power the UFC PR machine has.” –Khabib Nurmagomedov   It’s not hard to like Khabib Nurmagomedov as an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) choker, but it is difficult to accept his manners and unrestrained …

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