Information as a public good

According to Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Audrey Azoulay, the theme of this year’s World Press Freedom Day, “Information as a Public Good”, “underlines the indisputable importance of verified and reliable information. It calls attention


The cross as our constant companion

Let us hope that we can develop a deep devotion to the Holy Cross of Christ, perhaps by carrying a crucifix with us all the time, saying some pious ejaculatory prayers every time we see a cross and even kissing


Which is real, which is fake?

It was heartwarming to hear that the United States is sending aid to India to help it cope with the vicious rate of COVID infections that have been hitting that country. India is one of the most highly populated countries


Doing the work

Today, Filipinos celebrate the second Labor Day whilst suffering from a crippling pandemic that our nation has failed to control. The combination of an economy that is struggling monumentally, still-surging cases of Covid-19, and the world’s strictest, longest yet most


Consequences of addiction to pornography

Sorry if I have to bring up this topic. But we cannot deny that, nowadays, this addiction to pornography is getting widespread. It is now all over the place, even affecting little children. We have to do something drastic about


Think of India

A bill that will make vaccination mandatory has been filed. Any objections? But we have heard some people complaining that it would be an infringement on their freedom of choice. Do you agree with them? Indeed, they can claim that


Criminalizing Red-tagging

In response to Senate Bill No. 2121, or the Act Defining and Penalizing Red-Tagging filed by Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon last month, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra expressed support for the push to declare Red-tagging as a criminal offense. “(Criminalizing


Beware of the IAD

I don’t mean the Integrated Access Devices like the smartphones, though they are very much related to what I would like to bring up here. I am referring more to the Internet Addiction Disorder that is becoming a big, albeit


A matter of give and take

Somebody once commented to me that he had never seen or heard about the Philippines on CNN. Well, of course, it would be a status symbol when a small country gets notice from the giant internationally listened to and watched


Not in bad faith?

On April 27, 2017, lawyers from the Commission on Human Rights conducted an inspection of the Manila Police District station after receiving a tip that drug suspects were being held in a cell whose entrance was hidden behind a book

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2 cop chiefs Covid-positive

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III Two more police chiefs in Bacolod City tested positive for coronavirus disease, results of the surveillance testing conducted since last week showed, P/Lt. Liberty Indiape, Bacolod City Police spokesperson, said yesterday. Police Captains Leo Estopa

Vaccinated travelers still need to undergo 14-day quarantine

All travelers who wish to enter the Philippines, including those who have already been inoculated against the coronavirus disease 2019, are required to undergo 14-day mandatory quarantine, Malacañang said yesterday. “What is the new protocol for anyone who will enter

Bidding for 20-MW Ceneco requirement pushes through

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III The bidding for the Central Negros Electric Cooperative 20-megawatt base load power supply requirement for years 2021 to 2031 pushed through, acting general manager Danny Pondevilla said, contrary to a statement made by Power Watch

2 NPA guerilla fronts dismantled in Negros

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The Philippine Army’s 3rd Infantry Division reported that it has dismantled two New People’s Army guerilla fronts in Negros Island, with another soon to follow. Maj. Cenon Pancito III, spokesperson of the 3rd Infantry Division, said

Bacolod fire victims receive additional aid

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III Fire victims of Purok Neptune in Brgy. Singcang Airport, Bacolod City, received about P400,00 in cash aid from President Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Christopher Lawrence Go on Wednesday. The 61 affected families each received P2,000

P2.7 million shabu haul in Murcia

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN / ADRIAN P. NEMES III Operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency seized about P2.7 million worth of suspected shabu during a buy-bust operation in Purok Lacson, Brgy. Alegria, Murcia, Negros Occidental on May 4. The