Clamping down on bureaucratic red tape

Posted by watchmen
April 30, 2024
Posted in Better Days, OPINION

  By Sonny Angara Over the years the country has done a lot to improve its internal processes as part of its efforts to bring in more investments. We continuously introduce new policies and pass new laws to support these efforts, specifically to streamline the procedures for doing business in the country. We constantly make public …

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Gary Granada’s arresting ‘Holdap’

Posted by watchmen
April 30, 2024
Posted in Impulses, OPINION

  By Herman M. Lagon Deep inside Philippine music is a timeless tune that captures the essence of the country’s social and political climate even after all these years. Gary Granada’s 3:12-minute “Holdap” is a brilliant piece of music that reflects the enduring ills plaguing our society, culture, identity, and destiny. Delving into the depths …

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When Duterte weaponized the law

Posted by watchmen
April 29, 2024

  By Ade Farjardo Last week, the Supreme Court announced its junking of Proclamation No. 572 issued by former President Rodrigo Duterte in 2018. The proclamation was declared illegal because it revokes the amnesty granted in favor of Antonio Trillanes, then a sitting senator, in violation of his basic rights under the Constitution, i.e., the right against ex …

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Prudence while doing a lot of good

Posted by watchmen
April 29, 2024

  he unBy Fr. Roy Cimagala Some people brought a blind man to Christ, obviously so he could be cured of his blindness. (cfr. Mark 8:22-26) What Christ did was to bring the man to a certain place, and instead of curing him immediately, made him recover his sight after some steps. “Putting spittle on his …

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The art of ‘white lying’

Posted by watchmen
April 27, 2024
Posted in Impulses, OPINION

  By Herman M. Lagon The art of euphemisms — like how Winston Churchill called a British parliament a liar by saying that he has just committed “terminological inexactitudeness” — is a flourishing tool in our everyday conversation. It is an unspoken skill, a dance around the truths of everyday life, where the gentle touch …

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The silent danger of deep gum disease

Posted by watchmen
April 27, 2024

  By Dr. Joseph D. Lim At one time or another, we have experienced gum disease. It’s a condition which, according to the Department of Health’s Dental Health Program, affects nearly eight in 10 or 78 percent of Filipinos. Gum disease happens when dental plaque is not removed regularly. The plaque — a thin film on …

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BSP changes FX rules for foreign investments

Posted by watchmen
April 26, 2024

  By Ignacio Bunye The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has updated its rules on foreign investments to make it simpler for people to access foreign exchange (FX) resources in the Philippines. The changes, which are effective until September 30, 2024, aim to streamline procedures and paperwork for legitimate transactions. According to the BSP, these …

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Deception always boomerangs

Posted by watchmen
April 26, 2024

  By Fr. Roy Cimagala We have to be duly warned about this fact of life. When we deceive others, we may succeed to a certain extent to attain the purpose of such deception. But never forget that deception will always come back will inflict a greater damage on the deceiver. A quote from St. Augustine’s …

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Brushing, flossing and gargling

Posted by watchmen
April 25, 2024

  By Dr. Joseph D. Lim Think brushing teeth is just for show? To make your teeth appear pearly white and your smile perfect? Well, yes. But it goes beyond esthetics. Think about this: According to our Department of Health’s Dental Health Program, oral disease continues to be a serious public health problem in the country. …

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Between populist and principled politics

Posted by watchmen
April 25, 2024
Posted in Impulses, OPINION

  By Herman M. Lagon When Rodrigo Duterte stepped down from Malacañang and Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. took over, a profound paradox emerged and shaped the country’s political narrative. The global tendency towards strongman leadership, which frequently muddies the lines between populism, authoritarianism and democratic values, is reflected in this transition, which is representative of the country’s …

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