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Discontent remains over coco levy law

Discontent remains over coco levy law

PRESIDENT Duterte last Friday signed Republic Act 11524 creating the “Coconut Farmers and Industry Trust Fund,” using some P75 billion known as “coco levy funds” generated from taxes collected from coconut farmers, millers, refiners, exporters, and other sectors of the coconut industry during the Marcos administration. The coconut farmers were taxed through various laws and […]

We hope good news will soon replace daily COVID reports

THERE is one common thread that runs through most of the news reports we read in our newspapers these days – the COVID-19 pandemic. This week­end, we read that: – President Duterte had signed the COVID vaccine law, providing a P500-million in­demnity fund as compensation for those who may suffer any ill effects of vaccination. […]

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A dangerous new twist in the gov’t war on drugs

THE drug problem in the country was in the news again last week. This time, however, the news was not about so many killed in police raids or the huge amounts of drugs seized. It was about a “misencounter” between the men of two government agencies – the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Quezon […]

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We can learn from Japan’s ‘Ministry for Loneliness’

PRIME Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan has added a “Minister for Loneliness” to his cabinet in the wake of a rise in suicides for the first time in 11 years. “The number of suicides is on a rising trend. I hope you will identify problems and promote policy measures comprehensively,” the Prime Minister told his […]

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Why we still don’t have mass vaccinations

EVERYONE is looking forward to the start of the vaccination program in the Philippines. Until it happens, President Du­terte said the further easing of restrictions in Metro Manila to Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) will not take place despite the consensus of Metro Manila’s mayors that it is time for it. It had been hoped […]

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Despite old fears, suspicions, Charter change move continues

widespread opposition to any move to amend the Constitution at this time when the country is mired in problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the House of Representatives planned to resume debates on the issue this week. The House Committee on Constitutional Amendments had earlier voted overwhelmingly – 64-3-3 – to adopt Resolution of Both […]

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