WHEN was the last you saw a student reading a book, a newspaper, or a magazine in his or her comfort zone outside of the school? In all probability, the chances of seeing one in a day today is practically nil.
The fact is today’s generation of students is seeing a sharp decline in their reading habits compared to the baby-boomer generation of last whose majority were voracious readers of books and newspapers. This contributed largely to the continuing decline in the country’s literacy rate and for too long, the government and the education sector have ignored this malady. While technology has expanded opportunities for information to be disseminated, it has not helped promote reading as a habit in any community.
Another “wrong mistake”
By Ermin Garcia Jr.
THE PNP’s decision to finally lift the suspension of the permit to carry outside of residence (PTCFOR) can only be viewed as a correction of a “wrong mistake” of the PNP leadership ordering the suspension, and therefore, welcomed.
The suspension was evidently a knee jerk reaction of ranking PNP officials that many suspect was also influenced by politics. To this day, in spite of the statistics shown by the PNP provincial office, there is no proven correlation of the suspension to the decrease in the number of shooting incidents involving firearms. Why the PNP refused to take full credit for its touted intensified campaign against loose firearms and checkpoints that resulted in lower incidence of crimes involving firearms, I simply cannot comprehend.
The kind of hotel Dagupan needs these days
By Jun Velasco
“Courage consists not in hazarding without fear, but being resolutely minded in a just cause,” Plutarch
SOMETHING funny happened to this column last week.
Our neighbor columnist/friend Gonzalo Duque called up to say he too was looking thru all the pages of the Punch for the continuation of our Page 4 item to no avail. Ditto with several “fans” of this corner.
But those familiar with the job (newspaper publishing) and our pretty editorial assistant Jocelyn understand. We quickly told publisher Ermin “mag-erratum na lang.”
By Oscar V. Cruz
SO what if many Filipinos wallow in poverty and misery in their own Country, expose even their lives and limbs as OFWs in the hands of cruel people, suffer from the marked incompetence of their government, serve as milking cows of their corrupt public officials?
So what if some Filipinos are seen as some kind of slaves by people from the first world countries and thereby treated with despise and disdain by certain foreigners visiting the Country who personally see children begging in the streets and adults making their living by digging into garbage piles?
Bobby Sison refuses to give up on Pol Bataoil
By Gonzalo Duque
WE were with a sizzling, warm-blooded and jocund group Thursday evening at the President Hotel in Lingayen.
It was Capitol Post’s 1st Anniversary.
Sincerest congratulations, especially to our sister-in-law Atchi Mita Sison Duque overseeing the entire proceedings. She is President Hotel’s chairlady/manager and publisher of Capitol Post.
We were with a political/apolitical group led by Cong. Pol Bataoil and former Board Member Bobby Sison and many others. Bobby still refuses to give up on Pol as Pangasinan’s best bet for governor.
NU Bulldogs, Donaire & Pacquiao
By Al S. Mendoza
NATIONAL University (NU) is finally a UAAP men’s basketball champ again but will Nonito Donaire Jr. become the undisputed world featherweight king by the end of the day?
By scoring a convincing 75-59 victory over Far Eastern University on Wednesday, NU ended a six- decade drought as the Bulldogs clinched a 2-1 victory over the Tamaraws in their best-of-three affair.
I think NU’s wait to repeat its 1954 UAAP triumph could be the longest ever in basketball history, longer than the wait University of the Philippines had experienced before it won its first – and only — UAAP crown in 1986 since the league’s birth in 1937.
To get to the championship picture, the Bulldogs needed three straight wins – and they got the job done.
Who will watch the children?
By Bebot Villar
WHO can forget the image of the 11-year-old pandesal vendor in Caloocan City who was seen trembling, crying and traumatized after a bully snatched his earnings from selling? Naging viral yan sa social media!
Galit at awa ang naramdaman ng mga napanood sa maikling video. Sino nga naman ang di magagalit? Gumigising ng maaga iyong bata para magbenta ng pandesal nang magkaroon siya ng baon at pamasahe sa kanyang pagpasok sa eskuwela. Pero sa isang iglap, may isang walang kaluluwang manunutok sa kanya ng kutsilyo at aagawin na lang iyong perang pinaghirapang niyang kitain.