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GLIMPSES & GAZES

Severino C. Samonte

Why tricycles are becoming a contentious issue

Very often, we read in the newspapers and social media or hear responsible traffic law enforcers from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) saying that tricycles are prohibited from operating along national roads and other major thoroughfares in the National Capital Region or NCR.This...

OBLIQUE OBSERVATIONS

Atty. Gilberto Lauengco, J.D.

Lessons from the Taiwan midterm local election

“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.” - Sir Winston ChurchillIn the recent midterm local elections held in Taiwan, the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) again suffered a series of setbacks with their party only winning 5 out of the 21 city...

ESPRESSO MORNINGS

Joe Zaldarriaga

Law needed to level playing field in motorcycle taxi industry

When it comes to the country’s transportation situation and commuter satisfaction, surveys from local and international think tank groups would always put the Philippines in the lowest ranks.A UK-based study conducted by insurance technology site GoShorty, showed that Manila ranks as the...

PHIL-CHINA WATCH

Herman Tiu Laurel

Xi’s unity and cooperation wins ‘Asian Moment’

The last of three major global conferences this November 2022 affecting the peace, progress and prosperity of mankind, the Asia-Pacific Economic Community (APEC) meeting in Cambodia just ended on Nov. 19. This followed the conclusion of the G20 Summit in Bali, Indonesia on Nov. 16 and the...

EDITORIAL

Director III Lee Ann Pattugalan

Global Media Congress: Shaping the Future of the Media Industry

Aptly themed “Shaping the Future of the Media Industry," this year’s Global Media Congress will be held in Abu Dhabi from Nov. 15 to 17, 2022.The international event, organized by the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) and the Emirates News Agency (WAM), one of the partner...

LETTERS FROM DAVAO

Jun Ledesma

Railways

AMONG the vital infrastructures that precede the growth momentum of advanced economies are roads, bridges, and railways. Movement of goods, mobility of people, and the speed and ease of transport are essential in achieving their development goals.During the frontier era of America otherwise known as...

MINDFUL

Jay Ledesma

Passing the baton 

TODAY, June 30, we saw the passing of the baton from outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte to incoming President Bongbong Marcos. It was a smooth and orderly transition of leadership, power, and authority.   We say goodbye and express appreciation to PPRD for his six years of...

Is RSF’s press freedom index a joke?

By Atty. Perry SolisPRESS freedom is alive and well in the Philippines despite the Reporters Without Borders (RSF) release of its annual World Press Freedom Index (WPFI) putting the country in an unenviable position of no. 147 under what it called a new methodology, down from 138 last year.According...

BOOKENDS

Nikki Rivera Gomez

Davao’s allure endures

MY parents were probably some of the most quintessential migrants from Manila. They had literally blazed their own trails in the jungles of Compostela in the 1950s, an ocean away from the upper- and middle-class comforts of Manila.Yet over the years, more and more people have cast a second look at...

FROM WHERE I SIT

Lorraine Marie Badoy

The Ignoble Nobel

I HAD to sit in silence since finding out that one of the most despised and least trusted persons in the Philippines has been given the Nobel Peace Prize for her “efforts to safeguard freedom of expression” in one of the most vibrant democracies in the world with such an excess of...

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