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New Subic ‘royalty fee’ will make goods costlier
by Jarius Bondoc - February 23, 2024 - 12:00am
A newcomer is imposing 55- or 65-percent “royalty” on long-time locators at Subic Bay Freeport. This will push up prices of grains, fertilizers and other imports in Luzon’s second busiest harb...
Approved without thinking: P26.7-B ‘mysterious ayuda’
by Jarius Bondoc - February 21, 2024 - 12:00am
Another last-minute insertion in the 2024 national budget has been bared. The P26.7 billion was slipped in by the bicameral conference committee. Senators and representatives then ratified the bicam report. They...
272,233 vehicle registrations rushed; millions more remained delinquent
by Jarius Bondoc - February 16, 2024 - 12:00am
“No vehicle plate, no travel,” the Land Transportation Office warned starting Jan. 1st. Within four weeks, 272,233 delinquent registrations were renewed.
Rio to Comelec: Let’s recount votes in only this town
by Jarius Bondoc - February 14, 2024 - 12:00am
Comelec vowed last November to recount May 2022 election votes in selected precincts nationwide. That’s to verify results that infotech experts questioned.
Dutertes feel the heat from ICC, ruling party
by Jarius Bondoc - February 9, 2024 - 12:00am
“They won’t get me alive for trial outside the Philippines.”
Political strife, Mindanao split bolster China’s treachery
by Jarius Bondoc - February 7, 2024 - 12:00am
Gloves are off in the feud between presidents Rody Duterte and Bongbong Marcos. But for whose benefit?
How fragile a state is the Philippines?
by Jarius Bondoc - February 2, 2024 - 12:00am
This online post by a Philippine Military Academy graduate, 1965, was relayed to Malacañang:
Political fighting diverts public from grave issues
by Jarius Bondoc - January 31, 2024 - 12:00am
Last weekend’s political dramatics excited the public. But in the end, they distracted attention from critical issues.
Congress dancing two-step Cha-cha
by Jarius Bondoc - January 26, 2024 - 12:00am
Representatives are dancing Cha-cha in two steps. Senators refuse to swing along. Given the high stakes, a ballroom brawl is likely. Here’s why:
Root of poverty: Dynasties or economic restrictions?
by Jarius Bondoc - January 24, 2024 - 12:00am
“Government exists for the interests of the governed, not for the governors.” Did the US introduce democracy to the Philippines with that postulate of Thomas Jefferson?
Latest surveys are results of inflationary sugar cartel
by Jarius Bondoc - January 19, 2024 - 12:00am
High prices clobbered 72 percent of Filipinos in December. Inflation strained them worse than low wages, 40 percent; joblessness, 28 percent and poverty, 25 percent, Pulse Asia’s survey shows.
Is Philippine electricity really Asia’s costliest?
by Jarius Bondoc - January 17, 2024 - 12:00am
Filipinos have always thought their electricity to be Asia’s costliest. But comparison shows that’s untrue.
Retired generalsto BBM: Probe plunderers, stop corruption
by Jarius Bondoc - January 12, 2024 - 12:00am
Plundering lawmakers must be shaking in their boots.
PMA graduates taking a stand on hot issues
by Jarius Bondoc - January 10, 2024 - 12:00am
Politics hates a vacuum. Most Opposition figures have sold out to the Administration supermajority. Bishops who once chided official excesses have quieted down. A new force is filling the void – the Caval...
DENR crooks, local executives leave watersheds unprotected
by Jarius Bondoc - January 5, 2024 - 12:00am
Senators uncovered a racket while investigating recently a cult in the mountains of Surigao.
Rizal crafted a gamebook, not only novels, poetry
by Jarius Bondoc - December 29, 2023 - 12:00am
Rerunning my column of 30 Dec. 2011, for its revealing facet of our national hero.
Filipino Christmas: Panunuluyan at the plaza, belen at the sala
by Jarius Bondoc - December 27, 2023 - 12:00am
Bishops might wish to survey how many families still display the belen (crèche). The results can be dispiriting. Or maybe they themselves pass over home “reenactments” of the Nativity.
Broadcasting networks can become narrowcasters
by Jarius Bondoc - December 22, 2023 - 12:00am
Neophyte Rep. Margarita Nograles is battling giant Sonshine Media Network International. She seeks suspension of SMNI, owned by Kingdom of Jesus Christ sect. KJC’s “appointed son of god” is pastor...
Gov’t always short of funds to solve housing backlog
by Jarius Bondoc - December 20, 2023 - 12:00am
The great Filipino dream is to own a home.
How long can Philippines spend more than it earns?
by Jarius Bondoc - December 15, 2023 - 12:00am
A family that spends more than it earns can go under. Its car and furniture might be repossessed.
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