ANTONIO P. CONTRERAS AMONG all the countries of the world, with the exception of the Vatican, the Philippines remains the only one where divorce is still outlawed. This is so even as all other predominantly Roman Catholic countries have already written divorce into their laws. The opposition to divorce is no longer organic, considering that a clear majority, or 54 percent of Filipinos, support its legalization, according to a survey conducted by the Social Weather Station (SWS). And it is even dishonest, considering that we have legal separation and annulment as existing legal options for those who want to get out of failed marriages. Human beings are not perfect. We make wrong decisions, and it is theoretically the duty of the state to provide its citizens the full support to enable them to rehabilitate their lives. A failed marriage, especially when the differences are already irreconcilable, becomes a social prison that could have serious consequences not only for the well-being of … [Read more...] about The time for legalizing divorce has come
ROLLY G. REYES SERENO: “Why pick on me? Carpio and others have incomplete SALNs.” Madam CJ, by pointing to others, is this an admission that you really do have an incomplete SALN? * * * A short list of unsolicited advice on traffic woes: Short-term: Bus stops – strictly one lane. 30-second stop then move forward. U-turns – physical sealed lane 200 meters prior to U-turn.Strictly no parking on EDSA. Strict law enforcement. Discipline among motorists and pedestrians. Coordinated infrastructure projects and repair. Rush hour solution – flexible schedule for education, private and government. Long-term: Urban planning. Relocate all airports outside Metro Manila. Lease public and private lots for parking. Decongest Metro Manila by building satellite government offices in all regions. * * * I cannot really understand the idea of the postponement of barangay elections. If the reason is that nobody can defeat the incumbents as they are financed by drug money … [Read more...] about Divorce, artificial intelligence and April Fool’s Day
FAROUK MERALLI THE startup ecosystem—like any other community—has its own set of values, and one of the most prominent is the emphasis on execution. You can witness this in maxims like “90 percent of success is execution” or even the singular-minded “execute, execute, execute.” While the focus on execution is good—entrepreneurs should be biased toward action, after all—I believe that there needs to be a greater discussion on what founders should be executing. Hustling for the sake of hustling, sans consideration of the broader picture, is the sure train to frustration, if not burn-out. I speak as someone who has focused executing on the wrong things, and even today, is still learning how to focus on what will make the most impact. I humbly share my lessons in the hope that it may help you avoid the same pitfalls. What I’ve witnessed across Southeast Asia, as the founder of my Singaporean-headquartered health-technology startup, … [Read more...] about Executing what matters: Finding the heart of your organization through your end users
GHOR AL-HADITHA, Jordan: Israel and Jordan have long pursued a common goal to stop the Dead Sea from shrinking while slaking their shared thirst for drinking water with a pipeline from the Red Sea some 200 kilometers away. Geopolitical tensions have stalled efforts to break ground on the ambitious project for years, but the end of the latest diplomatic spat has backers hoping a final accord may now be in sight. The degradation of the Dead Sea, on the border of Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian West Bank, began in the 1960s when water began to be heavily diverted from the Jordan River. “Before 1967, the water was just a 10-minute walk from my house,” said Musa Salim al-Athem, a farmer who grows tomatoes on the banks on the Jordan side. “Now it takes an hour,” he said, standing amid the resulting lunar landscape of spectacular salt sculptures, gaping sinkholes and craters. The shoreline of the Dead Sea is seen near the village of al-Haditha in Jordan. Israel … [Read more...] about Dead Sea’s revival with Red Sea canal edges closer to reality
LITO AVERIA I HAD written in a previous piece that, “The non-disclosure of the ‘meet-me room,’ coupled with the unauthorized introduction of a script in the transparency server during live operations have certainly placed a cloud of doubt over the credibility of the election results and the integrity of the automated election system.” (http://www.manilatimes.net/transparency-and-meet-me-room-servers/278862/).” Sen. Vicente “Tito” Sotto 3rd has gone a step further. In recent privilege speeches, citing an impeccable source, Sotto presented portions of DNS server logs to support allegations of fraud in the automated election system (AES). DNS is short for domain name system. We have all become familiar with domain names that come in the format www.mycompanyname.com or www.myschool.com. Associated with a domain name is a series of numbers called IP address and is presented in the format 188.8.131.52 (version 4 addressing). As of current count, … [Read more...] about Where is the fruit of the fraudulent act?
WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe risks strengthening allegations that he is obstructing the Russia meddling investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller, legal experts say. Trump could be making a calculated gamble by painting potential witnesses against him like McCabe and former FBI director James Comey as unreliable. But increasingly, his derogatory tweets about both, making clear he wanted them fired, have stoked accusations that he is illegally interfering with Mueller’s probe—a charge that would threaten the viability of his presidency. “Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hardworking men and women of the FBI – A great day for Democracy,” Trump tweeted Friday after McCabe was dismissed for allegedly lying in an in-house investigation. File photos of FBI Director Robert Mueller (left) on June 19, 2013, in Washington, D.C.; and US President Donald Trump on December 15, 2017, in … [Read more...] about With McCabe firing, Trump risks stoking obstruction charges
UNION Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank) strongly denies the report published by the Manila Times earlier today (“Philand to UnionBank: Pay P18M in damages,” The Manila Times online, March 20, 2018), stating that the Supreme Court has ordered the bank to pay Philand Property Corp. P18 million in damages. The high court has released no such order. The ruling being cited by Philand merely tackles the production of documents, and in fact, we are yet to reach the pre-trial stage of these proceedings. The claims by Philand are baseless. Philand wants UnionBank to pay for alleged losses brought about by its own finance manager. The bank should not be blamed for the fraudulent acts of Philand’s employees. We also strongly protest against insinuations that the bank has deliberately slowed down the case. Philand should not attribute the delay in the litigation of the case to UnionBank since being the plaintiff, it should have ensured that the case proceed expeditiously. Union … [Read more...] about UnionBank to Philand: Why ask us to pay for your manager’s fraudulent acts?
GEORGE F. WILL WASHINGTON: Governments routinely behave badly, but sometimes their mean-spiritedness comes to the Supreme Court’s attention. On Tuesday, it will hear oral arguments concerning the constitutionality of measures that California’s government has taken to compel pro-life entities to speak against their own mission. Crisis pregnancy centers are nonprofit facilities usually owned and operated by people with religious objections to abortion. Some centers are licensed medical facilities providing pregnancy testing, ultrasound examinations, medical referrals, prenatal vitamins, etc. Other centers are unlicensed because they provide only nonmedical services (self-administered pregnancy testing kits, parenting preparation training, baby clothes, diapers, etc.). A 2015 California law requires licensed pregnancy crisis centers to tell clients (in pamphlets, in waiting-room signs) this: “California has public programs that provide immediate free or low-cost access … [Read more...] about Freedom of speech includes the right to remain silent
EI SUN OH THE whole world seems to be clamoring both for the “Olympic thaw” between the two Koreas before, during and after the recent Winter Olympic Games in South Korea, and for the even more unexpected ensuing unfreezing of the icy North Korean-American relations. The heads of state of both Koreas will meet next month, setting the stage for an even more momentous summit meeting between President Donald Trump of the United States and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Well, as I started to illustrate previously, I can only express more caution than optimism in this case. Even the recent summit between Australia and member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) in Sydney also saw it fit to express “cautious optimism” on the latest series of developments on the Korean Peninsula. I wrote summarily about North Korea’s longstanding support for and execution of international terrorist activities. That spanned the periods during and after … [Read more...] about Sunshine over Korean Peninsula temporary at most
ATTY. DODO DULAY THERE is no satisfying the militant labor groups and critics of the Duterte administration on the issue of “endo.” Whatever the government does—or has done—detractors will always find fault whenever and wherever there are non-regular workers. It is plain to see that they will accept nothing less than a total ban of all forms of contractual employment in the country. Just like human rights, the issue of “endo” is being politicized and weaponized by these groups to discredit and malign not only the current administration but also the top officials of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). Just as it has done in many other issues, these detractors misrepresent the facts to suit their own purposes at the expense of truth and reason. These faultfinders are barking up the wrong tree—and they know it. Contractual employment only exists because Congress allowed it under our labor laws. In fact, the law (i.e. the Labor Code) … [Read more...] about Weaponizing and politicizing ‘endo’