Opinion and Commentary

Lauengco: SIM card registration, alerts, mañana and operant conditioning

April 26, 2023, 12:31 pm

“Sometimes success is less about making good habits easy and more about making bad habits hard.” – James Clear Last Sunday, Globe users in the Philippines were jolted by emergency alerts sent to their phones reminding them to register their SIM cards before the deadline. The alert with its… Read More

Zaldarriaga: Greener future through One for Trees program of Meralco

April 25, 2023, 2:52 pm

The pressing environmental issues of global warming and climate change are no longer distant threats. Devastating consequences are already being felt around the world -- from rising temperatures and sea levels to more frequent and severe natural disasters. Therefore, the need to come up with… Read More

Cal: The guns of August (4th of 4 parts)

April 24, 2023, 9:49 pm

Another unforgettable experience I had as a journalist was when I covered the failed coup d’etat staged by rebel soldiers against the government of President Corazon C. Aquino on August 28, 1987, eighteen months after she assumed the presidency following a four-day People Power revolution that… Read More

Samonte: The 33 golden jubilarians of Filipino press: 1952-2002

April 20, 2023, 3:10 pm

What was the typical impression or observation by newspaper readers and the general public about the conduct or behavior of the immediate post-World War II Filipino journalists? I found the answer to that question while I was going over the varied articles in the Commemorative Book published by… Read More

Lauengco: Bar exams post mortem and musings

April 19, 2023, 11:42 am

“The bar exam does not define you” - Anonymous Last Friday, the 2022 Bar results were finally released much to the relief of many who took it. Like all those who came before them, the bar was the culmination of a long exhausting journey. Each and every one of the taker probably had their own… Read More

Zaldarriaga: Reinforcing public trust via MMDA single ticketing system

April 18, 2023, 3:32 pm

Having an effective transportation system is essential for any society's economic, social and cultural development. A reliable transportation system enables people to commute to work, access essential services and engage in social and cultural activities. Hence, it is closely linked to the… Read More

Cal: Air-to-ground firefight (3rd of 4 parts)

April 16, 2023, 5:52 pm

But the most horrifying experience in my brush with death was when the PAF helicopter we were riding, together with American journalist, Marc Lerner, correspondent of Washington Times based in Manila, engaged in an unexpected daring air-to-ground gun battle with communist rebels of the New… Read More

Samonte: The La Mesa Dam of yore in my memories

April 13, 2023, 4:33 pm

Whenever the dry season months of March, April and May is around, I am thinking about a part of my life over 50 years ago when I was still an assistant correspondent of the former Philippine News Service (PNS) covering the two parts of Novaliches belonging to Quezon City and Caloocan City. During… Read More

Zaldarriaga: Good news for Meralco customers as overall rates lower this month

April 12, 2023, 1:22 pm

The summer and dry season in the Philippines is unlike any other. Over the past few years, heat index has been reaching the dangerous levels of 42 to 51 degrees Celsius, where heat-related illnesses such as stroke and cramps are said to be probable. Last year, the Philippines registered a heat… Read More

Lauengco: Motivational rice and affective presence as a tool

April 12, 2023, 10:31 am

“I really want to be nice, but annoying people just won’t let me” – from coolfunnyquotes.com Because of all this commentary about motivational rice lately, I recently had a daydream of famous vloggers singing, “We don’t talk about that motivational speaker” a la “Encanto” the… Read More

Cal:  Scary peace talks right inside rebel territory (2nd of 4 parts)

April 9, 2023, 8:31 pm

The following year in April 1977, I was assigned to cover the opening of peace negotiations between the government and MNLF in a bid to find a just and lasting solution to the armed conflict in the southern Philippines.To show its sincerity, the government peace panel would go to MNLF areas where… Read More

Lauengco: Random Holy Week thoughts and memories

April 6, 2023, 10:37 am

“Unless there is a Good Friday to your life, there can be no Easter Sunday” – Ven. Fulton Sheen This week, we have our annual Holy Week non-working days plus one (aside from Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Black Saturday and Easter, we get Monday off, too). It is one of the longest Holy Week… Read More

Zaldarriaga: Conserve water

April 4, 2023, 1:30 pm

The month of March became an intense period to endure amid the extreme weather condition that was felt just a few days after the state weather bureau announced the official start of the warm and dry season. According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services… Read More

Cal: In the line of fire (1st of 2 parts)

April 2, 2023, 9:12 pm

As the defense reporter of the Philippines News Agency (PNA) for four decades, I had the rare privilege to go around the country countless times to cover news events, particularly at the height of the Moro insurgency war in Southern Philippines. I also covered the Visayas region during the ‘70s… Read More

Samonte: Spotlighting the PNA at 50

March 30, 2023, 4:40 pm

This columnist was one of those invited to the celebration of the golden anniversary of the government-run Philippine News Agency (PNA) in its editorial offices at the National Media Center along Visayas Avenue in Quezon City last March 24. I accepted the invitation enthusiastically for two main… Read More

Lauengco: Musings on the water crisis

March 29, 2023, 3:09 pm

“There is simply no way to overstate the water crisis of the planet today” - Maude Barlow Stuck in traffic on a hot day, I find myself thinking about water and more specifically about the water crisis. Lately, there has been a surge of pronouncements on the looming and “creeping” water… Read More

Zaldarriaga: PH agri sector up for a boost under BBM's watch

March 28, 2023, 10:35 am

From being a long-neglected sector, the Philippine agriculture industry is now up for a major overhaul to become one of the keys to economic development. None other than President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr., who took on the role of heading the agriculture sector, himself believed that with sound… Read More

Laurel: ‘Soon it will be vomited’

March 27, 2023, 5:41 pm

In 2021 US President Joe Biden convened the first ever “Summit for Democracies” hoping to demonstrate the US model of democracy by bringing together countries from around the world he perceived as modeling themselves after the US prototype that serves as the “Beacon on the Hill.” I have… Read More

Samonte: MRT Line-7 was planned as LRT Line 4 during FVR's time in 1995

March 23, 2023, 3:45 pm

Did you know that the Metro Rail Transit Line 7 (MRT)-7 now under construction from Quezon City to San Jose del Monte City in Bulacan was originally planned as Light Rail Transit Line 4 (LRT-4) during the administration of former President Fidel V. Ramos (1992-1998) and would begin from the Old… Read More

Lauengco: BTS movement template for helping farmers

March 22, 2023, 8:13 am

“My grandfather used to say that at least once in your life, you will need a doctor, a lawyer, a policeman, and a preacher. But every day, three times a day, you will need a farmer.” - Brenda Schoepp Farmers are truly an integral part of our lives. Unfortunately, our farmers still lack many… Read More