Public office is a public trust

Posted by watchmen
August 15, 2018
Posted in OPINION

Government service is imbued with public interest and a public servant must ensure that public interest is served above all else. The conduct and behavior of government officials should be beyond reproach and one who occupies an elevated position in government must be free from impropriety. At times, constituents are not happy with the way …

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Where is the traffic czar?

Posted by watchmen
August 15, 2018
Posted in OPINION

  With more traffic lights installed throughout Bacolod City, the necessity for traffic enforcers has reduced; even when there were more deployed to the streets, many of them weren’t even licensed drivers, nor did they understand traffic management. Imagine, there were around 400 traffic enforcers unsuccessfully monitoring the streets, which cost the local government millions. …

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Inspect those carrying deadly weapons

Posted by watchmen
August 14, 2018
Posted in OPINION

Residents have aired complaints about police failing to conduct random searches of those carrying deadly weapons. Police seem to be waiting for somebody to be stabbed or shot – it is a common belief that police often wait for something to happen before taking action. Just like during the election period, this is a time …

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Good news and bad news from the monsoon

Posted by watchmen
August 14, 2018
Posted in OPINION

“…See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction… For I command you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase… But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and …

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Are you happy? My open letter to business owners

Posted by watchmen
August 13, 2018
Posted in OPINION

The faltering economy has made the task of balancing family and business more difficult than ever. Family members work longer hours and are aiming for a final push in the last month of the year to increase sales. I can only imagine the 4 weeks before December is probably horrendous, with business owners spending hours …

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Commiserating with a fellow expat

Posted by watchmen
August 13, 2018
Posted in OPINION

Waiting at a departure gate at Mactan-Cebu International Airport last week, the airline representative announced boarding would commence shortly and passengers should remain seated until their row is called. Despite the boarding call only requesting first class, business class, mileage club members, along with those needing special assistance or those traveling with infants, a line …

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Total plastic bag ban

Posted by watchmen
August 10, 2018
Posted in OPINION

The total plastic bag ban is an act which prohibits the use of plastic bags in restaurants and other establishments and provides penalties thereof. However since 2011 the bill, authored by Senator Loren Legarda, is pending before the committee. One of the local government units who has an ordinance banning plastic bags and styrofoam containers …

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KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

Posted by watchmen
August 9, 2018
Posted in OPINION

‘Pepe,’ ‘dede:’ when is a word offensive or malicious?   “… ‘You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her… If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away… …

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Iloilo beaches and Coney Island

Posted by watchmen
August 9, 2018
Posted in OPINION

“To go out with the setting sun on an empty beach is to truly embrace your solitude.” – Jeanne Moreau   Coney Island is located in the southernmost part of Brooklyn. From midtown Manhattan, I traveled about 45 minutes taking the Q train to Stillwell Avenue last Sunday afternoon. For a fare of $2.75, I …

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