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  • Standpoint

    Double Whammy

    Four people were killed and 14 others injured when an “big bomb” went off inside a passenger bus travelling along Edsa in Makati City today. Police said the bomb was so powerful that it created a hole on the Newman Gold Liner bus’ floor and body and also damaged its side windows. The explosion occurred around 2 p.m. while the bus was approaching the loading bay near MRT Buendia railway station on Edsa’s northbound lane. However, police yet to determine what kind of bomb was used. Investigators also could not yet ascertain if it was a terrorist attack. Philippine National Police Chief Director General Raul Bacalzo has placed the entire…

  • Standpoint

    A Lip Service

    Philippine President Benigno Aquino III tasked the Department of Energy to soften the impact of recent oil price increases on the public. The chief executive was bothered with continued hikes in the world prices of oil. Diesel retail prices had shoot up to P40.25 per liter. The Palace also reminded the oil companies not to take advantage of the situation because of the law of supply and demand. Soften? Mr. President, what your people need is for you to stop the unnecessary oil price increases. It’s hurting the Filipinos you consider as your “BOSS.” Why not forced the big oil companies to open their books so we can see how…

  • News & Current Events,  Security & Safety

    An Expert’s Advice On How Not To Get Murdered When Selling Used Cars

    Authorities in the Philippines believed that the syndicated criminals now targets car dealers. This is inline with the recent killings of young Venson Evangelista and the son of Marcos loyalist lawyer Oliver Lozano, Emerson Lozano and his co-worker Ernani Sensil. Such murders renewed the call for the re-imposition of death penalty. A business like selling used cars is unknowingly attractive to criminal-minded people. Since a seller would simply wants to dispose used cars, he did not mind of his safety. A friend of mine, Armand Nocum, an Inquirer newspaper writer turned publicist, used to be active in used car selling business. He has several tips on how to sell used…

  • Standpoint

    Email Hacking

      How sure are we that no other people can read our emails? Of course, with the existence and continuously improving technology, it is very possible. Any one of us could be a target of cyber hijacking and identity theft thus steal money or sensitive information. A blogger could be bold about his personal information, whereabouts and insights written on his blog site or posts. A classic example that his personal security and privacy could have been neglected, intentionally or unintentionally. He could be an easy target. Yesterday, I attended a 4-hour seminar organized by Peace and Conflict Journalism Network (Pecojon). Since journalists can become targets of attacks in cyberspace…

  • Bad Customer Service,  Standpoint

    PLDT And My Blood Pressure

    It is not a good way to start a new year. A failed service from Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT Co.)…again. Just few days before a month of subscribing from PLDT, I almost lost my patience. First, I got myDSL connection activated only after eight days of waiting since installation last December 8, 2010. I tirelessly called up their customer service hotlines every day for follow up and thanked God, I had my internet connection but only on December 16. Should I ask for a rebate for their disappointing service? And now, a very slow internet connection…I can’t open many websites! I thought DSL is better that broadband. I…