Archive for December, 2017

Duterte does not rule out nationwide martial law

Let’s brace ourselves up for martial law, nationwide. President Duterte said it’s a possibility. Persistent questioning by reporters elicited this admission from the President in a talk with reporters in Fort Bonifacio Wednesday after delivering a speech marking the ceremonial demilitarization of captures, confiscated, surrendered and recovered firearms during the Marawi rebellion. To avoid misinterpreting […]

December 16, 2017  Tags:   Posted in: Military  No Comments

Why do supermarkets charge for plastic bags

When I complained about the removal of water stations where customers can have free water in SM Food Courts, another issue was raised by UP Professor Roland Simbulan about mall giant SM: plastic bags being sold in supermarkets. Simbulan said: “The SM Supermarkets have actually made more money out of the ban on the use […]

December 13, 2017  Tags: ,   Posted in: Environment, General  No Comments

Duterte’s new one year deadline for war on drugs unbelievable

– President Duterte doesn’t have to give himself another deadline in his war against illegal drugs. He has flip-flopped so many times on his war on drugs that nobody takes his public declarations seriously anymore. In a speech Dec. 6 during the oath taking of his latest batch of appointees in Malacañang, Duterte again talked […]

December 11, 2017  Tags:   Posted in: Illegal Drugs  No Comments

SM explains pullout of water stations in Food Courts

We got a letter from Mr. Steven T. Tan, senior vice president of SM Supermalls, in reply to our complaint about their discontinuation of providing free drinking water in their Food Courts both through water stations and concessionaires. We learned that “SM Cares,” a division of SM Foundation Inc. that handles the corporate social responsibility […]

December 7, 2017  Tags: ,   Posted in: General  No Comments

La Salle’s class act

The Sports Section is one of my priority pages in reading newspapers even if I don’t play any sports. Nor do I understand the rules of any sports game. But I love reading stories about triumph against odds of many athletes. I love reading about the values that sports nurture among athletes. My collection of […]

December 5, 2017  Tags:   Posted in: Sports  No Comments

No free water in SM Food court gives a lie to ‘SM Cares’

“SM Cares” is supposedly the social conscience of SM, the mall giant. Its website says SM Cares, a division of SM Foundation Inc., is the group that handles the corporate social responsibility programs of SM Prime Holdings, Inc. It was launched in 2004 to organize the sustainability efforts into a comprehensive program that tackles a […]

December 5, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: General  No Comments

No Chinese withdrawal from Scarborough shoal seen despite improved relations between Manila and Beijing

By Arianne Christian Tapao, VERA Files Ambassador to China Santiago “Chito” Sta. Romana does not see Chinese leader Xi Jinping ordering the withdrawal of Chinese Coast Guard ships from Scarborough shoal and returning to the pre-April 8, 2012 situation, when the area was under the control of the Philippines, despite Beijing’s improved relations with the […]

December 5, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  No Comments