Worsening Rift


Byline: Jesus M Elbinias

THE dialogue Taiwanese leaders call to engage with China to reduce tensions arising from the crossstraits issue amid Taipeias bid for independence may be to no avail if Taipei insists on separating Taiwan from mainland China. For many years since 2000, the Taiwan government has extended more than 40 olive branches of peace to PRC (Peopleas Republic of China). Although the 23 million people of Taiwan have long held their willingness to be in goodwill in reconciliation, proactive cooperation, and permanent peace with China, this may not be materialized so long as Taiwan does not accept the condition offered by China to Taiwan of the "One China" policy. I donat see how this reconciliation is possible, since Taiwanas opposition parties treat Taiwan as Chinaas province.

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Davao Oriental Rep. LMario Almario is correct in filing House Bill 5292 seeking the establishment of an agency he named as "Environmental Adjudication Commission or EAC, which will exclusively handle pertaining to cases of violation of environmental laws to give justice to complainants who were victimized by man-caused environmental faults resulting from violating the environmental laws and regulations. His reason for establishing this commission is valid knowing that judicial courts are clogged with so many cases that these courts may not have enough time to prioritize the environmental cases. Also the would-be EAC commissioners can concentrate on those laws, while the courts have to be familiar with the environmental rules of prosecution and conviction. …

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