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Malampaya gas deal too needs reviewing
by Jarius Bondoc - January 22, 2020 - 12:00am
While Malacañang is setting aright natural resources contracts of private firms, it might wish to review too the Malampaya gas extractions.
Lessen school disruptions by recurring disasters
by Jarius Bondoc - January 17, 2020 - 12:00am
Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, typhoons, floods, landslides.
Beware: That fake news can be a crime set up
by Jarius Bondoc - January 15, 2020 - 12:00am
News fakers went wild online this week as Taal Volcano erupted. Their dark motives varied. Don’t fall victim.
Enforce tricycle laws first, before two-wheel taxis
by Jarius Bondoc - January 10, 2020 - 12:00am
At drizzly dawn Tuesday in Pasig City a motorcyclist took a spill, rolled underneath the mid-part of a moving bus on his left, and was crushed by the rear tires.
Refocus anti-drug war from users to suppliers
by Jarius Bondoc - January 8, 2020 - 12:00am
Opinion is free; facts are sacred. It may not matter that VP Leni Robredo views the war on drugs as “total failure”, or that President Rody Duterte’s aides claim she is “only politicking”....
Was Duterte told of alternative to contentious Kaliwa dam?
by Jarius Bondoc - January 3, 2020 - 12:00am
Instead of a 73-meter-high dam that will dispossess thousands of tribe folk and despoil the Sierra Madres, a seven-meter weir can suffice.
Resolving to be better is as old as civilization
by Jarius Bondoc - January 1, 2020 - 12:00am
New Year’s Day is every man’s birthday, Charles Lamb said.
Road crashes 4th cause of deaths in Philippines
by Jarius Bondoc - December 27, 2019 - 12:00am
Road crashes are the fourth leading cause of deaths in the country, the Dept. of Health reported in 2017.
Spontaneous Christmas truce of World War I really happened
by Jarius Bondoc - December 25, 2019 - 12:00am
On Christmas Day 1914 during World War I cannon and rifle fire ceased in many sectors of the Western Front.
Swine fever still afflicts House; veto is the cure
by Jarius Bondoc - December 20, 2019 - 12:00am
Congressmen keep repeating the lie Goebbels-style that the Senate delayed passage of the 2019 national budget and so caused economic misery. In truth it was they who triggered the four-month impasse.
Water firms also suffered from spotty 1997 contracts
by Jarius Bondoc - December 18, 2019 - 12:00am
A review of Mega Manila’s two water concessions will reveal the whys and wherefores of the 1997 privatization.
If students fare bad, then we’re the failures
by Jarius Bondoc - December 13, 2019 - 12:00am
“K-12” can’t be the culprit in Filipinos’ poorest scores among 79 countries in Reading, Mathematics, and Science.
Game changer: Phl largest city leads ban on single-use materials
by Jarius Bondoc - December 11, 2019 - 12:00am
Quezon City, the country’s most populous, will ban single-use materials from business establishments starting next year.
Meager financing, alterations imperil subway viability
by Jarius Bondoc - December 6, 2019 - 12:00am
Meager foreign financing is threatening to turn the Metro Manila subway into a white elephant.
Report volume, not value of shabu interdictions
by Jarius Bondoc - December 4, 2019 - 12:00am
Big news last Sunday: P5 million worth of shabu in 11 re-sealable pouches was seized in a Pasay City police raid. A bum who hears that may ponder, “I could use even only a slice of that kind of money.&rdq...
How safe is my house in an earthquake?
by Jarius Bondoc - November 29, 2019 - 12:00am
The integrity of a house depends on how it was made. Rate the safety – or vulnerability – of your house in an earthquake. This self-check is for typical one- to two-story houses of concrete hollow b...
Help your schoolchildren do this earthquake homework
by Jarius Bondoc - November 27, 2019 - 12:00am
Quick, help your schoolchildren do this homework.
Faulty planning bloated cost of subway – senators, experts
by Jarius Bondoc - November 22, 2019 - 12:00am
Haphazardness is pushing up the cost of the Metro Manila subway – to the point of infeasibility. Construction estimates, raised so far from P208 billion to P218 billion then P357 billion, continue to jump....
Subway to evict us for oligarchs’ sake, homeowners cry to Rody
by Jarius Bondoc - November 20, 2019 - 12:00am
The subway is taking our property for giveaway to big business.
Two- versus four-wheeled: Rising motorbike casualties
by Jarius Bondoc - November 15, 2019 - 12:00am
Sooner or later the authorities will have to deal with a raging road war: between two- and four- or more wheeled vehicles.
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