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  • Advocacy,  Standpoint

    Save the Students from Hell

    The recent arrest of the two college students who allegedly tried to market around P1.5 million worth of suspected party drugs and “shabu” is another reason for the government to implement drastic measures to protect the youth. It will be a nightmare for every parent learning that their child became a victim (either being a user or pusher) of illegal drugs. But why wait when we can do something to prevent it? The government has intensified the campaign against illegal drugs since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed the post. Thousands of drug suspects have died and arrested but apparently, drug syndicates are relentless. The wisdom of “prevention is better than cure”…

  • Standpoint

    Ecosystem Offers Viable Long-Term Solution to Water Problems

    The Philippines may be surrounded with water but there’s an enormous problem on enough, clean and safe water, especially for human consumption. Water.org noted that “out of 101 million Filipinos, nine million rely on unimproved, unsafe and unsustainable water sources and 19 million lack access to improved sanitation.” “Families without a safe water source in or near their home often spend significant time and energy collecting water. Those without a sanitary toilet facility at home face a number of unattractive choices, including venturing out at night or suffering the embarrassment of asking to use the toilet of a neighbor. Thus, Filipinos consider water and sanitation access a matter of safety,…

  • Standpoint

    When The Government Turned Blind and Deaf on Rape

    “Rape is a most grave offense against the dignity of women, a violation of body and spirit, a trauma hard to erase,” the supreme pontiff said in his message during the visit in the Philippines. The Pope Francis himself said it aloud. But will the government officials and authorities seriously act to end it? Almost everyday, we read news about women and even infants being raped and, worst, killed. And yet the victims get no justice. Suspects can freely repeat their crime. Death penalty can never deter crimes. Rather, it’s overhauling the justice system in the country and electing the right leaders. It’s interesting to read what the model Kat…

  • Standpoint

    Speak Up

    Freedom of expression — this is something that people today value and exercise. Yet, there are some who blatantly abuse this freedom, not caring about the impact and effect of their expression will be. It will be easy enough to bring a fender passport venue to a high traffic area and start blaring out your opinion on the latest issues or whatever it is that you feel strongly about. In your practice of your freedom to express yourself, have you ever thought about what rights of other people you might be encroaching on? You might not realize it but you could be stepping on other people’s rights and freedom as…

  • Bad Customer Service,  Standpoint

    Mr. Ube News: Not The @TXTFIRE Alert Service Provider That You’re Looking For

    Be careful on what you’re subscribing to. My line of work obliged me to be updated on what’s happening around Metro Manila, especially FIRE incidents. So when I learned about TXTFIRE Philippines, I immediately subscribed my mobile number for fire alerts. But in more than two years now, not once I received any fire alert. What I got were all news updates and quotes! It was delivered by Mr. Ube. WORST, I received mostly advertisements! And they send alerts even in an unholy hour! The time when you’re trying to sleep then your phone alerted you a text message, and when you read it, they are all quotes! I remember…

  • Bad Customer Service,  Standpoint

    @pldtHOME: A Customer’s Greatest Failure

    The Philippine Long Distance Company (PLDT) never failed to irritate its clients. If only I have other choice of DSL line in our area, I wouldn’t subscribe to them. First, they automatically create an advance billing, even if you haven’t use the service yet. So if there’s any adjustment for failed service like interruptions for several days, you must not forget to request again and again before they create new billing so that your refund will be deducted. Second, they’re fast in creating advance billing but slow in implementing refund or adjustments. Third, I requested to transfer my DSL and landline and they assured me to get it done at…

  • Standpoint

    The Right Against Self-Incrimination

    “I invoke my right against self-incrimination.”  These are the only words that are expected to come out of Janet Napoles’ mouth when she appears at the Senate inquiry on the pork barrel scam on November 7. (Photo credit to the owner.) But what was the Philippine law says about this right? Section 12, Article III of the 1987 Philippine Constitution reads: SEC. 12. (1) Any person under investigation for the commission of an offense shall have the right to be informed of his right to remain silent and to have competent and independent counsel preferably of his own choice. If the person cannot afford the services of counsel, he must be…

  • Standpoint

    Should The Philippine Government Apologize?

    Three Years after the Manila hostage crisis that resulted in 8 fatalities and many wounded, the Hong Kong government is still adamantly demanding an apology from the Philippine president. It has threatened to impose sanctions if a presidential apology is not given. Sanctions include scrapping visa-free access to Filipinos with other unspecified economic sanctions. They would also most likely include the Philippines in a travel blacklist. (Photo credit to the owner.) If these sanctions are put in place, Filipinos looking for employment in Hong Kong may be affected by this but there are plenty of other options for them. For Filipino tourists, this would hardly be a problem as there…

  • Standpoint

    The Real Cost Of Rising Prices Associated With Higher Education

    In the wake of the dramatic health care modifications associated with Obamacare, it is easy to forget about the Obama Administration’s promises concerning education reform. The Huffington Post article “Obama Education Promises Face Rocky Path Forward” reminds us of the ambitious goals announced on the campaign trail concerning America’s pursuit of higher of education. Make U.S. #1 In National Populations With Greatest Number Of College Graduates Incentivize Price Lowering Initiatives Among Colleges And Universities According to the article, the U.S. is one of the rare developed nations where retiring members of the workforce are more educated than the people expected to fill their positions. The result is a less globally…