Over chopped trees
MORE than 1,000 trees have already been felled along the Manila North Road in the eastern part of Pangasinan for a road-widening project. Whichever side you’re on over the contentious issue – with both sides apparently motivated by justifiable reasons – the plain fact is the chopped decades-old trees could no longer be restored to their original state. The battle now is determining the legalities of how the cutting was carried out and if the 550 or so remaining trees in the list should be spared.
I HATE being a party-pooper but our communities’ acquired fixation over landing a line or two at Guinness World Records for the “longest…most…biggest, etc” title is getting out of hand.
Sure, earning a Guinness title can mean something to the community but truthfully, it’s just a very small feather on the community’s cap. The Guinness book is updated by the minute so if anyone upstages or surpasses your “record”, yours is promptly erased. It is just a line acknowledging the achievement or feat, and it is only good until it lasts (when the record is broken by another).
By Jun Velasco
“It’s better to look where you’re going than to see where you’ve been,” E.C. McKenzie
AN over-protective security aide of Mayor Belen Fernandez roughly pushed aside Manila Bulletin’s Liezle Basa-Inigo while covering the mayor recently.
The mayor may not know anything about it. The irony is the newshen has been consistently helping Belen and the city in the Manila Bulletin promote reforms, “Daang Matuwid” and get back on its feet with or without any appreciation for her.
By Gonzalo Duque
WE thank Archbishop Socrates Villegas, Vice Gov. Ferdie Calimlim, Ched Regional Director Ms. Teopie Taguibao, and Mayor Belen T. Fernandez for leading the entourage in the blessing of Le Duc Hotel last Tuesday.
Guv’nor Spines, PIO Butch Velasco told us, was on his way to the hotel when a “bumpy” stomach stopped him on his tracks, it must’ve been due to his meeting with former Rep. Mark Cojuangco at the Capitol earlier, according to Jun Velasco, president of Pangasinan Assn’ of Columnists and Editors (PACE), who was with his group at the Capitol then.
Cristina’s cry scripted?
By Al S. Mendoza
CRISTINA Ponce Enrile has come forward in defense of her husband.
She said Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile, her husband of 56 years, is a womanizer but “he is not a thief.”
We all know that Enrile was implicated in the P10-billion scam of pork barrel funds orchestrated chiefly by Janet Napoles-Lim.
Lim is behind bars but not Enrile and fellow Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla, who were also named recipients of alleged millions of pesos in kickbacks by whistle-blower Benhur Luy.
By Bebot Villar
WHILE the police officers are aggressively hunting down the illegal drug dealers, mas nagiging creative pa ang mga damuhong criminal in selling droga!
Patunay nito ay ang isinagawang raid last week ng Dagupan City police at mga agents ng Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) sa isang apartment doon kung saan timbog ang isang pusher na babae.
Gender Identity Question
By +Oscar V. Cruz, JCD
IN its more simple or plain understanding, the phrase “Gender Identity Question” means a young boy or a man having amorous feelings towards another young boy or man, a young girl or woman having amorous feelings towards another young girl or woman. And this is rightfully considered a question and even a problem of one kind or another. First, it is a question that is the concern and/or the worry of more and more individuals, their parents and elders included. Second, it is a problem that has social as well as ethical dimensions. Third, it is wherefore a phenomenon that has the attention and concern of “modern” society, of updated psychiatry and of the multi-century old Church.
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