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  • Advocacy,  Standpoint

    A Call and A Challenge To Conserve Water

    While reading this, you might left your faucet open. Kindly, turned it off first. Imagine, if you’re so thirsty but when you tried to get water from the faucet, you just squeezed a drop. Can you cook without water? Can you keep a good personal hygiene without water? In short, can you live without water? If you answered NO, then you must act now. Recent studies showed that the Philippines is facing a water crisis over the next 10 years unless new sources are developed to meet growing demand. “There is a [Japan International Cooperation Agency] study that says that in 2025 if we will not conserve water, there may…

  • Standpoint

    Pay Your Taxes First Before You Complain

    Taxes. Just the mere mention of that word makes the working man cringe. After slaving away for hours each day, he comes home with a salary that has been greatly reduced by withholding taxes. He buys food for his family and every single item of food he buys is also subjected to tax. Next thing you know, he’ll also be paying taxes for the air he breathes. Though we dread it like a plague, taxes are much needed by the government to fund its social programs. These are used to provide health services to the underprivileged, to build more public schools and classrooms, to ensure our safety and to build…

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    Is Poverty an Excuse to Commit Suicide?

    The death of Kristel Tejada, a student of the University of Manila who committed suicide allegedly due to her inability to settle her account with the said university, has sparked many arguments about the state of education in our country, about poverty, and about the emotional state of today’s youth.  While many blame the current system of the University of the Philippines, there are those who believe that this problem alone should not have pushed Tejada to take her own life.  This incident has raised questions on whether poverty is an excuse to commit suicide.  Although researchers have documented a link between socioeconomic status and mental health, there are no…

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    Providing Convenience To Vets

    Everyday, you can see a long line of the living veterans of war in the Veterans Affairs Office at the main military headquarters. They may have traveled from afar and unfortunately they are no car for vets provided for them. Lucky for those veterans who have few kind family members and relatives to help them in processing their claims for pensions and other benefits from the government. Surely, the process to get their old age pension, death pension, disability pension, hospitalization, educational benefit, burial assistance, total administrative disability and the like usually undergo through tedious steps. There are satellite offices of Veterans Affairs Office in the provinces, however, not all…

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    Election 2013: Campaign Jingles That Cost More Than Song

    You know that campaign season has officially started when many television viewers and radio listeners would rather just put their headphones on and listen to their favorite playlists than to hear campaign jingles and ads.  Campaign jingles have been part of elections for decades now.  Though they never guarantee that a candidate will win in the election, a well-composed jingle is effective in getting a name through the voters and becomes an indispensable branding tool.  These do not come just for a song though.  These campaign jingles do come for a hefty fee though with some going for around 25,000 pesos to as much as 150,000 pesos.  This amount does…

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    Are Taxes Really Working For The Citizens?

    If I answer this is in the affirmative, many will say that it’s pure rubbish.  And many people believed that the taxes we pay merely find their way into the pockets of powers-that-be and are used to fund their luxuries.  Unfortunately, there is a little bit of truth to this and former government officials charged with graft and corruption furnished enough proof of this. This is one of the primary excuses of those who refused to pay their income taxes.  They assert that they do not see their taxes working for them and are therefore not wont to pay for them.  This does not necessarily ring true as taxes, although…

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    The Inviolable Separation of Church and State

    It was as clear as the sun. The Article II, Section 6 of the 1987 Constitution of the Philippines stated that, “The separation of Church and State shall be inviolable.”  Furthermore, Article III, Section 5 also states that, “No law shall be made respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.  The free exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship, without discrimination or preference, shall forever be allowed.  No religious test shall be required for the exercise of civil or political rights.”  Apart from these two, no other provision further clarifies the parameters of separation of Church and State.  Presumably, this gives the Church a freedom…

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    A Failure In The Justice System

    Many people would wonder why some trial courts and even the Highest Tribunal flip-flops on deciding in different cases. Is it because, judges and the Magistrates make some blunders after the thorough proceedings and review of the case? Or the apparently because of the untamed corruption in the judiciary? Flip-flopping, especially by the Supreme Court, is dangerous. It happened not once but many times. There’s the ongoing drama in the graft case against Efren Alvarez, mayor of the Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija.The mayor was found guilty beyond reasonable doubt with the Sandiganbayan unanimous vote in 2009 and the Supreme Court affirmed it in 2011 with 5-0 votes. But…

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    Wanted: Wise Voters For Election 2013

    Come February 12, the campaign period for candidates for senator and for party-list groups will officially start.  But candidates for the House of Representatives and elective regional, provincial, city, and municipal officials will have to wait until March 29 to begin their campaigns.  From then until May 11, candidates will strive to reach as many voters using available forms of lawful election propaganda. Once campaign period officially starts, expect a deluge of appearances on television and radio of electoral candidates.  Candidates for National Elective Positions are allowed no more than an aggregate total of 120 minutes of television advertising and 180 minutes of radio advertising.  Those vying for Local Elective…