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Mere specks of life, yet gifted with eternity
by Jarius Bondoc - April 17, 2019 - 12:00am
There’s only one human species today, Homo sapiens. For centuries has been studied an extinct second, H. neanderthalensis, in Eurasia.
More funds to locales: virtually federalized
by Jarius Bondoc - April 15, 2019 - 12:00am
Starting 2022 public funds at the disposal of provinces, cities, towns, and barangays will balloon.
Electricity blackouts can mar Election Day
by Jarius Bondoc - April 12, 2019 - 12:00am
Classrooms used as polling precincts mostly are dark and humid. Electric fans and rechargeable lamps that election-supervising teachers plug in do little to allay voters’ anxiety.
In swarming Pagasa, China aims to control Sandy Cay
by Jarius Bondoc - April 10, 2019 - 12:00am
China’s posting of militia craft around Pagasa Island is illegal.
China railways are best? Not in Philippine experience
by Jarius Bondoc - April 5, 2019 - 12:00am
The Philippines’ only two railway contracts with China were flops. One, the 32-km Manila-Clark Field commuter line, never got past design stage.
China militia around Pag-asa proof of crime vs fishermen
by Jarius Bondoc - April 3, 2019 - 12:00am
The influx of Chinese maritime militia around Palawan’s Pag-asa Island harasses, bullies, and persecutes Filipino fishermen.
Why borrow from China? Japanese dam is free, safe
by Jarius Bondoc - April 1, 2019 - 12:00am
Filipino and Chinese apologists of onerous China loans talk alike. Both dismiss as “nonsense” fears of Philippine surrender of sovereignty. Citing the same statistics, they belittle the loan amounts as...
To Manila Water: Please treat Ayala subdivisions’ sewage
by Jarius Bondoc - March 29, 2019 - 12:00am
President Rody Duterte has scolded his waterworks officials and private concessionaire Manila Water Co. for the shortage.
Philippines must learn from China’s debt-entrapment of Ecuador
by Jarius Bondoc - March 27, 2019 - 12:00am
Ecuador i -s among the countries China has ensnared in debt. Lent $19 billion, it contracted Chinese firms for bridges, highways, and dams.
Case vs Chinese president can spur Filipino resistance
by Jarius Bondoc - March 25, 2019 - 12:00am
Sen. Panfilo Lacson calls it a “patriotic act.” Vice President Leni Robredo says “it gives Filipinos hope.”
In reply, Emmanuel Piñol admits project irregularities
by Jarius Bondoc - March 22, 2019 - 12:00am
To my piece last Friday on complaints against him, Agriculture Sec. Emmanuel Piñol responded in his Facebook page.
SMC’s Ramon Ang offers free water; profiteers, keep out
by Jarius Bondoc - March 20, 2019 - 12:00am
That’s right. Free water. 140 million liters per day (MLD). Duly treated for human use. Ready for distribution to dried-up cities.
After delaying 2019 budget, House’s only option is comply
by Jarius Bondoc - March 18, 2019 - 12:00am
You’ve lost the argument when you start lying and name-calling.
Tumult in Emmanuel Piñol’s agriculture turf
by Jarius Bondoc - March 15, 2019 - 12:00am
No man, not even a cabinet minister, is a prophet in his own land. Agriculture Sec. Manny Piñol is doubted in his North Cotabato home province.
Bypassing Senate, House sends ‘porky’ budget to Duterte
by Jarius Bondoc - March 13, 2019 - 12:00am
For over a month after Congress ratified the 2019 national budget on Feb. 8, leaders of the House of Reps held on to it. Precedents were breached.
2019 budget hangs as House illegally inserts more ‘pork’
by Jarius Bondoc - March 11, 2019 - 12:00am
The House of Reps continues to pad the 2019 national budget with congressional pork barrels, senators discovered. That’s why the budget remains unsent for presidential signature a month after enactment.
Scarborough: Philippine ‘island territory’ that US mutually must defend
by Jarius Bondoc - March 8, 2019 - 12:00am
The Phl-US Mutual Defense Treaty holds: “An armed attack on either of the Parties is deemed to include an armed attack on the metropolitan territory of either of the Parties, or on the island territories under...
Mike Pompeo’s vow can embolden Philippines to retake Scarborough
by Jarius Bondoc - March 6, 2019 - 12:00am
State Sec. Mike Pompeo’s pledge of US help against any Philippine aggressor is tough and clear.
Vigilantes ambush cops — just like in the movies
by Jarius Bondoc - March 1, 2019 - 12:00am
It was just a matter of time. With police unable to solve a spate of murders-for-hire, they inevitably would be victimized.
Do PNP-GHQ, Comelec know about these armed moves?
by Jarius Bondoc - February 27, 2019 - 12:00am
Homonhon Island where Magellan first landed in the Philippines in 1521 is generally peaceful. In recent weeks the quiet was shattered when men in battle gear swooped down on its shores in Guiuan, Eastern Samar. Their...
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