FROM FAR AND NEAR
Vested interests in the rice problem
by Ruben Almendras - September 17, 2019 - 12:00am
In the past five weeks the price of “palay” has been dropping like a stone that in some areas it is below P10 a kilo and a high of P16 a kilo depending on the moisture and the location of the farms....
GCTA and other prison jokes
by Ruben Almendras - September 10, 2019 - 12:00am
Good Conduct Time Allowance was a relief not only to some Muntinlupa prisoners but also to some erring husbands who used it to plead with their wives for forgiveness.
Homework is not just about school
by Ruben Almendras - September 3, 2019 - 12:00am
Two congressmen filed a house bill prohibiting schools and teachers from giving homework to students from kinder to high school.
Eroding the presidency
by Ruben Almendras - August 27, 2019 - 12:00am
In the Philippines’ highly-personalized politics, while the presidency is the office and the president is the person, the terms are often merged and the credibility of the office and the person are taken as...
The coming world economic slowdown
by Ruben Almendras - August 20, 2019 - 12:00am
For the first time since 2009, the US interest “yield curve” inverted last week and investors and economists reacted in near-panic as this is another sign that the US economy will be slowing down and...
Hong Kong as financial center over?
by Ruben Almendras - August 13, 2019 - 12:00am
The anti-government demonstrations in Hong Kong are now in their 11th week and showing no signs of abating.
Isko Moreno effects and consequences
by Ruben Almendras - August 6, 2019 - 12:00am
A welcome development in many local governments after new Manila Mayor Isko Moreno started cleaning up Manila, was the copycat actions of mayors in many cities to also clean up their cities of illegal structures,...
Investments 101: Sunlife Mutual Funds
by Ruben Almendras - July 30, 2019 - 12:00am
As a pay forward and payback for my subsidized University of the Philippines education in graduate and postgraduate courses, I will have some columns in Finance and Investments to help the financial literacy campaign...
Isko Moreno for president in 2028
by Ruben Almendras - July 23, 2019 - 12:00am
Newly elected City of Manila Mayor Isko Moreno has been all over the news, both in social and main media due to some bold and uncommon directives and moves in the first two weeks of his three-year term.
Limits of subservience
by Ruben Almendras - July 16, 2019 - 12:00am
The actions of the congressmen vying for the speakership of the Lower House are uninspiring to the people and demeaning to them and politicians as a whole.
“KAPA” financial inclusion and literacy
by Ruben Almendras - July 9, 2019 - 12:00am
I was in the officers’ table during our second quarter Chamber of Thrift banks meeting last month, and our executive director asked me to suggest a good speaker for the next quarter’s meeting.
Leadership and morality
by Ruben Almendras - July 2, 2019 - 12:00am
All world leaders, kings, presidents, prime ministers of whatever title are continually scrutinized about their morality.
Metro Cebu water crisis in 2023
by Ruben Almendras - June 25, 2019 - 12:00am
Since I left the Metro Cebu Water District (MCWD) some years ago, I have written about water two times to share institutional knowledge and concerns about water problems.
Beijing’s Hong Kong dilemma
by Ruben Almendras - June 18, 2019 - 12:00am
The massive protests and demonstrations in Hong Kong last week that had almost a million people in the streets, protesting the proposed extradition law in the Hong Kong legislature has shaken the pro-Beijing Hong...
Who are the good guys?
by Ruben Almendras - June 11, 2019 - 12:00am
A very interesting campaign slogan in the last election was that of JV Ejercito, who was running for senator at the same time as his half-brother Jinggoy Estrada.
Why or Way “Trabaho” Bill
by Ruben Almendras - June 4, 2019 - 12:00am
There is pending in the Senate the second part of the tax rationalization legislation of the current administration renamed the “Trabaho” bill rather than the TRAIN 2. Significant in the TRAIN 1 was the...
Retirement in the Philippines
by Ruben Almendras - May 28, 2019 - 12:00am
After my column “In the Evening of Our lives” I had some queries about retirement.
In the evening of our lives
by Ruben Almendras - May 21, 2019 - 12:00am
It had been a few years since the 50th or the Golden alumni homecoming of our high school class in San Beda College but suddenly this year, a Viber group for all surviving members was created and arrangements/invitations...
The Pusyon Bisaya phenomenon
by Ruben Almendras - May 14, 2019 - 12:00am
I wrote this column last Saturday, May 11, two days before the May 13 midterm elections so the election results are not used as inputs.
Lacson for president in 2022
by Ruben Almendras - May 7, 2019 - 12:00am
Next week the midterm election will be over and the winners known, and politicians particularly will be assessing the implications of the results for the next elections in 2022.
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