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  • 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…

  • Economy,  News & Current Events

    Filipinos’ High Hope On 2011

    About 93% of Filipinos are hopeful of the coming New Year, said Social Weather Stations (SWS). Whew, that’s big. The figure is a little higher from 2009’s 89% and just two points off the 95% peak hit in December 2002. Seven percent of the respondents feared the coming year, but it’s down from 11% in 2009. SWS also noted that the lowest point of 81% was recorded in 2004 after which hopefulness rebounded to 85% the following year, stayed flat at 91-92% for the next three years and then fell to 89% last year. The question about people’s hope on New Year’s was originated in Germany. But the optimism among…

  • Standpoint

    Philippines’ New Banknotes: Self-Serving?

    Last week, Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), under President Noynoy Aquino’s regime presented the new generation of Philippine banknotes. Honestly, I like the designs and the use of RP tourists attractions pictures at the back of a peso bill. Except that it more look like a play money to me. But then again, why only change the banknotes now? And I find it self-serving the inclusion of Mrs. Corazon Aquino on 500 peso bill. I wonder what is the basis of BSP on choosing personalities to be published on our peso bill. Well, the Aquino couple have their best smile on the picture…Is it because that their son is the…

  • Bad Customer Service,  Standpoint

    I Regret Subscribing To PLDT

    I thought Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT Co.) already changed its daunting system. I was wrong. I applied for PLDT Bundle 990 which includes landline and myDSL internet connection, with a monthly fee of P990. After I paid an initial P1600, they immediately carried out the installation last December 8, 2010. However, only the landline service has been activated on that day. The technician promised me to complete the activation of myDSL as soon as possible. But it’s already December 15, 2010, yet I still have no internet connection. And I don’t know how long would I wait. Everyday, I called up their hotlines 171, 172 and 173 for…

  • Standpoint

    Alert vs Unexpected

    Almost everyday, there were reports of earthquakes in different parts of the Philippines. Since November 1, 2010, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) already recorded 47 earthquakes. The latest was monitored today at 2:38 in the morning with 4.6 magnitude at 31 kilometers South-East of Bangued, Abra. Though most of the recent quakes were not destructive, we should not be slacken but instead, always be alert and ready to the unexpected. No one can definitely detect when an earthquake will strike and the range of its devastation. It was noted in recent years, some destructive earthquakes in the country with magnitude 7.9 as the strongest.

  • Standpoint

    Pacquiao for President?

    Pacman for President! Yeah right. Everybody loves Manny Pacquiao as a boxer. No one in the boxing history of the world achieved the 8-division titles but him. Then, residents of Sarangani province trusted and voted him to be their representative in the Congress. And he won, at least after previous defeat on his first time candidacy. The fact that Pacquiao lost on his first attempt to win as a congressman last 2007 elections, he may not have the confidence of all Filipinos as a politician. Now that he’s considering to run as a President of the Philippines in the future, why not? Nobody can stop him from dreaming or believing…