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February, 2015

  • 23 February

    On the eve of the end

    Dean dela Paz / The Next Page For any economy, even the most resilient, none can survive without foreign investments because domestic production and eventual supply, the assets behind it and the capital raised to fuel productivity will always fall short of local and international demand. The world is insatiable. Where economies are globalized, the hunger for productivity extends over …

  • 23 February

    On looking down when walking

    Alegria A. Imperial / Peregrine Notes Some rules when walking in New York or Vancouver don’t apply to me: No sauntering abreast on sidewalks so designed to allow “unimpeded…sufficient space both laterally and longitudinally to avoid conflicts with others.” No crowding on corner inclines—delivery carts and wheeled carriers use these; when warned of an oncoming pram, or roller shopping tote, …

  • 23 February

    Is Malacañang afraid of Truth Commission?

    Ed Javier / Where I stand The proposed creation of an independent Truth Commission on the Mamasapano massacre is dead, very dead. Just like the ‘Fallen 44’ of the Philippine National Police’s Special Action Force.

  • 16 February

    DAP and the MRT fare hike

    Dean dela Paz / The Next Page What does a patently unconstitutional patronage system have to do with train fares? Normally, nothing. Until funds are malversed and immediately the disconnect disappears. In its place, anger seethes.

  • 16 February

    It feels like a kind of loving

    Alegria A. Imperial / Peregrine Notes More as devotion, this kind of love has no bearing on the common notion, though it feels like one for me. Or how does one explain the enormity of emotions it draws out—so compelling that we agonize over this beloved’s miseries, want to right the wrongs done to her, and even die for her …

  • 16 February

    Purisima’s ‘pa-pogi’ turns ugly

    Ed Javier / Where I stand Talks are rife that resigned Philippine National Police Director-General Alan Purisima was planning to stage a spectacular comeback as PNP chief by bagging international terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir, alias Marwan, the so-called “Osama bin Laden of Asia,” while serving his six-month preventive suspension by the Office of the Ombudsman for allegations of graft and …

  • 16 February

    Ambidextrous leadership

    Edmund Tayao / Mettle Works e are victims of an ambidextrous leadership; twice now, the country and our Moro brothers have been made to hope—for nothing.  The story of the BBL seems to be, and many still hope not, going the same way as the MOA-AD. Not many support having peace with the MILF, but what is not debatable is …

  • 9 February

    Diluting the decision on the DAP

    Dean dela Paz / The Next Page Following the profound and learned wisdom of the Supreme Court (SC) on the motion for consideration filed by the powers that-be on the original July 2014 ruling of unconstitutionality on the presidential Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), for many, perhaps too blinded by tears from constantly wailing against the pork-barrel system, it is difficult …

  • 9 February

    What would you pack in a Grab-and-Go bag?

    Alegria A.Imperial / Peregrine Notes My passport,” I blurted out from a subconscious depth during a workshop on Disaster Preparedness two months ago. The workshop facilitator and five of my neighbors from our Strata (condominium) responded mildly stunned. Fortunately, we faced only a virtual scenario of a disaster. Otherwise, I would have none but my passport to chew on for …

  • 9 February

    Helping the plight of ‘Japinos’

    Ed Javier / Where l stand TOKYO—Two weeks ago, this writer had the good fortune to visit this beautiful country and to witness first-hand the compassionate and caring nature of the Japanese people.