Cruel exercise of power against the powerless

CARSON CITY, CA–What President Aquino did to the planned pension hike of Social Security System retirees was a violent mindless exercise of power against the powerless–the suffering, ailing, starving senior citizens who also contributed to the SSS pension fund during their time. Some of these people are now in their 70s, 80s. They who receive … Read More

LETTERS FROM DAVAO: Sublime paradox

The critics of President Rodrigo Duterte have increased in numbers but raised the same issues that had been rehashed many times over. Political harassments, human rights violations, extra-judicial killings and befriending China, among others. Last week, Agnes Callamard, a rapporteur (reporter) of the United Nations Commission for Human Rights, sneaked into the Philippines with the … Read More

Error-ridden Ilokano textbook draws fire from Ilokano writers

BATAC CITY, Ilocos Norte–The country’s Ilokano writers decried the publication of a book that is replete with errors in Ilokano grammar, ignores the language orthography and other usage, and is now being sold to elementary teachers in Ilocos Norte as material for the MTB-MLE program of the Department of Education for Grades 1, 2, and … Read More

Father’s Note — My son finished 2 courses in College but nobody congratulated us

There are numerous stories on how poor but mentally gifted students were able to obtain College degrees in the leading Universities in the country. Reading their travails and strife on the road to obtain their degree were all heartwarming and inspiring. On a different perspective and motivated by the thought that my son’s story affects … Read More

Student Organization hits Oplan Rody

UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES, DILIMAN, Q.C.—Hinting that it is “a taste of the iron fist,” a student organization here has claimed as counter-productive and unjust the curfew imposed on Metro Manila municipalities, where a substantial number of minors are “captured” or detained and subjected to unnecessary inconveniences and punishments like “push-ups.” While President-elect Rodrigo “Rody” … Read More