By Atty. Joey D. Lina Former Senator President Duterte’s recent pronouncement that he’s inclined to again allow the Philippine National Police to go after those into illegal drugs has renewed fears of abusive cops going on a rampage and “a return to the horrors of extrajudicial killings.” “Whether I like it or not, I have to return that power to the police,” the President said in a speech at the Special Forces Regiment Command in Nueva Ecija on Nov. 22, as he expressed apprehension over “increased shabu activity” since Oct. 10 when the PNP was ordered to stay away from the drug war. Saying there is a “very strong likelihood” the PNP will have full control anew over anti-drug operations, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said Mr.Duterte is not content with intensified efforts of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency as the “sole agency” to fight the menace of illegal drugs. “He must not be … [Read more...] about What’s the best way to wage the war on drugs?
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More nervous Reports from the field indicate that no one in particular is working to prevent the savaging of the 2016 automated election. There was unmitigated wholesale cheating in 2010 and 2013, and people expect far more cheating this time. But none of the major players appear interested in preventing or stopping it; to the contrary, they all appear eager to do their own cheating, to cancel the work of the central cheating system, which rigged the two last elections. Ready to cheat One Muslim leader reports one presidential candidate telling his audience in Maguindanao that he’s ready to cheat rather than just be cheated. Another presidential candidate is reported to be quite advanced in his “Plan B,” which involves a plan to claim “victory” as soon as the voting is over, whether or not the official results support his claim. This “Plan B” appears to be the more important game plan of this particular player, and could have the most … [Read more...] about Can we call off the May 9 elections?
THE world welcomes international students: quite a few countries roll out the red carpet and green cards (or the equivalent color) for individuals who fit the profile of those that can contribute to the host country’s global competitiveness. A most direct and immediate benefit, of course, is the billions of dollars in the form of tuition fees that international students bring in, which in turn, create employment, revenue, taxes and consequent social services. In 2015, international students contributed more than $30.5 billion to the US economy, according to the US Department of Commerce; a record $17.5 billion to the Australian economy for the 12 months to the end of March 2015; $8 to 10 billion to Canada and more billions of tuition fees to educational institutions in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. So, if you were to choose how to pursue your education, where would you spend your (or your parent’s) funds and what would be your reasons? Reasons for your choice … [Read more...] about Best countries to study abroad for Filipinos
You won’t see it on her résumé – that’s already chock full of prestigious jobs and internships with newspapers, advocacy groups, and politicians. But if Hayley Benham-Archdeacon is being completely honest with herself, some of her most impactful career moments came during her seven-year stint at specialty grocery store Trader Joe’s. As part of its Working It Out series, performance management software company Lattice asked real people to share stories about the moments that changed their career. In her post “I’ve worked in politics, in news, in offices. Give me Trader Joe’s any day,” Benham-Archdeacon, who is now a policy advocate at a non-profit in San Francisco, writes that, out of the 12 jobs she worked during this period, Trader Joe’s had the best working environment thanks to its store managers. She writes: “Almost every manager I ever had somehow made me feel like I could tell them … [Read more...] about Trader Joe’s was voted one of the best places to work — and a former employee says the reason is the managers
The new hybrid video-game console from Nintendo has been out for several months now, and it’s off to a strong start: The Switch is already Nintendo’s fastest-selling game console. Like so many things, its success comes as a surprise to experts in the field – the $299 console isn’t very competitive on paper, and it wasn’t a guaranteed success in concept: It’s underpowered compared with the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, both of which cost less. It has a paltry game library compared with the competition. Because of its lack of horsepower, major games released on multiple platforms – think “Assassin’s Creed,” “Call of Duty,” “Grand Theft Auto,” etc. – won’t ever come to the Switch. But using the Switch is a surprising delight. I’ve had the Switch for four months, and it has quickly become a part of my daily life for several reasons.1. The Nintendo Switch is remarkably … [Read more...] about The 11 best reasons to buy a Nintendo Switch
Two years ago, Jen Glantz was a 26-year-old working as a copywriter for a tech startup in New York City. A Florida native who graduated with a double major in journalism and English, Glantz spent her days writing video scripts for big companies like Disney, Target, Geico, and Comcast. “I really loved the people I worked with and the work I was doing, but it was never enough for me,” Glantz, now 28, told Business Insider. “I had this entrepreneurial bug inside of me that was always saying ‘create your own opportunity.’ Every night I’d come home and work on a project of my own – whether it was writing a book, working on my blog, or trying to start my own business.” It wasn’t totally surprising that when Glantz’s roommate called her “the professional bridesmaid” in the summer of 2014 – somewhere around her sixth stint as a bridesmaid – she had a light-bulb moment. She went to Craigslist, … [Read more...] about This professional bridesmaid says losing her job as a copywriter was one of the best things to happen to her career
The new hybrid video-game console from Nintendo is out now, and it’s off to a strong start: The Switch is already Nintendo’s fastest-selling game console. Like so many things lately, its success comes as a surprise to experts in the field – the $299 console isn’t very competitive on paper, and it wasn’t a guaranteed success in concept. It’s underpowered compared with the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, both of which cost the same (or less, depending on the model). It has a paltry game library compared with the competition. Because of its lack of horsepower, major games released on multiple platforms (think: “Assassin’s Creed,” “Call of Duty,” “Grand Theft Auto,” etc.) won’t ever come to the Switch. But actually using the Switch is a surprising delight. I’ve had the Switch for three weeks, and it has quickly become a part of my daily life. This is why.1. The Nintendo Switch is … [Read more...] about The 5 best reasons you should buy a Nintendo Switch
After retiring at age 34, Brandon traveled around the world for three months, visiting 14 countries on four different continents – and he paid only $947.91 for his flights. What’s his secret to traveling so cheaply? Frequent flyer miles, scored through free credit card signup bonuses. Brandon, who goes by his first name only on his blog, Mad Fientist, for privacy reasons, traveled to Central and South America with United, stopping at Mexico City, Mexico, Bogota, Colombia, Cusco, Peru, Quito, Ecuador, and Panama City, Panama, using only 20,000 United miles for each flight between cities (usually 24 hour layovers). He also utilized the Asia to Middle East redemption with American Airlines, which allowed him to travel from Japan to Amman, Jordan for 30,000 miles (about $77). Among the layover cities he visited were Taipei, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Bangkok, Thailand, Muscat, Oman, and Abu Dhabi. He acknowledges that his own travel hacking plan took hours … [Read more...] about A man who flew around the world for 3 months on less than $1,000 shares his best advice to save a fortune on airfare
An eating regimen that incorporates foods that are part of the Mediterranean diet just got even more confirmation that it may be good for your health. In a study published Sunday in the European Heart Journal, researchers found that people with heart disease who ate more food associated with the Mediterranean diet – things like olive oil, fish, whole grains, and nuts – had fewer major heart problems than those who ate fewer of those foods. To reach that conclusion, the researchers asked 15,000 people what they ate every day, and based on their responses ranked them as either more in line with a Mediterranean diet or a western one. The Mediterranean diet is modeled off of foods commonly eaten in countries on the Mediterranean Sea. It’s typically high in fruits and vegetables, fish, and whole grains like whole wheat and brown rice. In contrast, a western diet is characterized as higher in refined grains, sugar, and deep fried foods. Statistically … [Read more...] about There’s now even more of a reason to eat like you live on the Mediterranean
U.S. News & World Report recently released its list of the best places to live in America, ranking the 100 most populous US cities on factors such as desirability, job market, and quality of life. The best region in the country, going by the US Census Bureau’s geographic divisions, might surprise some: the South. Twenty-four of the top 50 cities can be found in the South – more than thecombinednumber of cities that made the list from the traditionally more desirable West and Northeast regions. Though prominent coastal areas like Boston and San Francisco might be expected to help their regions topple the competition, cities in the South outperformed the field on two key metrics: job market and cost of living. “U.S. News found a divide between what Americans say makes a place desirable to live in versus what their criteria is when thinking about moving,” Miriam Weiner, product manager for real estate at U.S. News, told Business Insider. … [Read more...] about The 24 best places to live in the South — the region that’s becoming the best place to live in America