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April, 2015

  • 11 April

    Trash-talking Trillanes

    WHERE I STAND / Ed Javier Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV is up to his old tricks again. Seemingly hell-bent on arresting the rise of Vice President Jejomar Binay in the presidential polls, the legislator let loose with another barrage of irresponsible statements notable only for their utter lack of propriety and restraint.

March, 2015

  • 23 March

    Carping on CARP

    Dean dela Paz / The Next Page Recently, a crusted and cloyed issue nearly a third of a century old, albeit one that resurrects and recurs every so often, reared its intrusive head and merited not just a banner headline in at least one of the major broadsheets but a sudden and unscheduled emergency meeting called by a troubled and …

  • 23 March

    For bleeding hearts

    Alegria A. Imperial / Peregrine Notes Scraped to the bone on its back, lacerated breast and broken wings, and limp as a rag dumped into the trash, death could have been just a few heartbeats away three weeks ago in Panton, Galicia, Spain. But a woman taking out rubbish noticed a weak blink in its eyes, held it and felt …

  • 23 March

    Senator Poe’s finest hour

    In record time, the Senate Committee on Peace and Order and Dangerous Drugs under the chairmanship of Sen. Grace Poe released the findings of its investigation on the Mamasapano tragedy that resulted in the death of 44 Special Action Force (SAF) troopers.

  • 9 March

    Regulating both greed and grid

    Dean dela Paz / The Next Page Overwhelmed by compelling issues of national importance and thus, tucked in unobtrusive corners of the major broadsheets, disturbing questions have been festering on our national electricity transmission grid. These range from questions of regulation, basically the province of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), to controversial internal procurement practices, surrendered to the independent management …

  • 9 March

    This fuss about hair

    Alegria A. Imperial / Peregrine Notes Blessed are the many who don’t wage a daily battle with their hair, but more blessed would be those who have won with grace, a crown that has weathered the seasons. Woe to those who haven’t, or worse, carry on with nonchalance yet in secret, plot conspiracies beyond hair; the saying, “bad-hair day,” proves …

  • 9 March

    Blame-throwers and buck-passers

    Ed Javier / Where I stand Last week, we wrote about the dilapidated state of the Metro Rail Transit-Line 3 (MRT-3) and the never-ending misery of commuters, despite the P57-million monthly maintenance budget and billions of pesos the railway system receives from the national government.

  • 2 March

    The power-crisis preemptive program

    Dean dela Paz / The Next Page Within days, those massive and debilitating power outages energy officials warned us against which found the aggressive political offensive to grant Benigno Aquino III emergency powers that would, among other things, allow him to siphon off immeasurable funds to procure inordinate generating capacity, should be upon us.

  • 2 March

    Hibernating as a word

    Alegria A. Imperial / Peregrine Notes Wouldn’t you wish you could willfully hibernate, when before your eyes the tiles you have stacked up into an impregnable fort begin to tumble?

  • 2 March

    The great MRT-3 train robbery

    Ed Javier / Where I stand As we write this piece, the Metro Rail Transit- Line 3 has suffered another glitch. The government pays Global APT, MRT-3’s service maintenance provider, the amount of P57 million a month, but many are wondering: Where does the money go?