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    Demoralized Military Alumni?

    This weekend, I attended the 112th alumni homecoming of Philippine Military Academy in Baguio City. It was very noticeable that only few cavaliers attended the event compared to previous years. Traditionally, most of the graduates of the academy find time to take leave from their duties just to attend. It was almost a perfect attendance before. But after the controversies about the alleged corruptions in the Armed Forces of the Philippines, particularly the issue of "pasalubong" (welcome) and "pabaon" cash gifts and the suicide of former military chief and Defense Secretary Angelo Reyes, some glow has faded away. In my interviews, some ranking officials of the AFP and Philippine National…

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    A Reasonable Death Sentence?

    After the Department of Foreign Affairs in the Philippines tried to hide the information, it is now confirmed in public— three Filipinos will be meted out with the death sentence next week for drug trafficking charges in China. President Noynoy Aquino played safe when he said he’s doing all the last-ditch efforts to save the three from death. However, he actually admitted that it will be really hard to convince the Chinese leaders since it involves illegal drugs, a crime which they considered as heinous. I wanted to believe that the Chinese government did a fair trial for the three Filipinos. But why taking lives for that violation? There are…

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    More Sufferings for Filipinos

    How an ordinary Filipino, especially with a big family could handle this? This is a classic example of a domino effect. 1. Fare hike (taxi, railway transits, and public utility jeep— more?) 2. Water rate increase (beginning next month, consumers of Maynilad and Manila Water will be billed with P2 to P60 increase every month— whew!) 3. Electricity hike (Manila Electric Co.’s generation charge will rose to P4.8623 per kWh in February. This increase means that households consuming about 100 kWh monthly will have to pay P11.84 more this month, while those consuming 200 kWh will have to pay P23.68 more. Households consuming 300 kWh can expect a P35.52-hike in…

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    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…