Economic Crisis & Migrant Workers

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Economic Crisis & Migrant Workers


ELECTION fever is heating up so early in the game.

I admire the American system where both parties choose a wide selection of prospective candidates for every electable position with both the Republican and Democratic parties delving deep into their respective processes which in turn result in candidates of their choice from the presidency down to city council.

So unlike here in the Philippines where national leaders are chosen from self-proclaimed aspirants and surveys where choices are limited to the aspirants. We don't even know the stand of some politicians on issues and policies, or whether they have any at all.

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In the US, candidates are probed on their stand on every issue and voters pick the best man whether or not they agree with his views. I doubt that in our country the voters know where the candidates stand and if the candidates even know where they themselves stand on an issue.

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A man who always stands on crucial issues is three-term and undefeated Manila mayor Lito Atienza, now DENR secretary. I have followed Atienza's political career since 1971 when he was running for councilor and survived the Plaza Miranda bombing.

He was detained twice during martial law, became a street parliamentarian after Ninoy's assassination in 1983 and was elected to the Batasang Pambansa as opposition assemblyman in 1984.

After serving as Cory's housing czar in 1986, Lito was elected Manila vice mayor twice and rose to become mayor. Now he is an outstanding member of GMA's Cabinet as DENR chief, a man who makes his views known, the kind of leader this country needs.

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Farmers are outraged by Congress move to extend CARP for only six months and prohibiting compulsory land acquisition.

The lobby by the landlords is winning.

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Bishops bewail commercialization of Christmas.

It's the time for buying and selling and not for praying.

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Seven out of 10 Filipinos do not believe the Philippines is a hopeless case.

They can throw all the problems of the world at us and we will survive.

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Nationalist People's Coalition will field Chiz Escudero and Loren Legarda as its candidate for president and vice president. …

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