31 March 2013

Should Youth Offenders Be Treated Differently?

Juvenile Offenders
Can a child become an adult after he/she killed somebody? Is it really worth our time to invest in reforming the child despite the gravity of his/her actions? Is community service, rather than jail, really more effective in holding children accountable for their mistakes.

These are just some of the questions ringing through my mind, as the violent acts of juvenile offenders continue to hit the papers regularly.

26 March 2013

E-10 Fuel To Be Implemented on April 2013

E10 gasoline
The headline right now may be dominated by showbiz personalities fighting each other for their own personal rights to happiness, but after the Holy Week, attention will probably shift focus on the country’s Energy Sector.

Barring any major policy changes, the Department of Energy (DOE) will probably release an implementing circular guideline which mandates the use of ten percent ethanol, or E-10 for short, on ALL gasoline products sold and used in cars and vehicles.

21 March 2013

Jollibee, Discrimination and Singapore

Jollibee Singapore
Are Singaporeans becoming more xenophobic? Singapore economy has relied mainly on foreign workers to fill in the manpower gap that the locals don't want to do or are not qualified to do. However, this norm of doing things has influenced the local psyche to react strongly to the influx of cheaper laborers in the last ten years.

It could be one of the reasons why the popular Filipino food chain, Jollibee, received so many negative reactions in the social media when it opened a branch in Singapore. Some of the first comments were "roaches roaches everywhere !!! (sic)" and one poster chimed, "My wife and me told our maid we will ship her home if she patronizes this place".

15 March 2013

Are You Born Gay or Straight?

Lesbo Festival
The article of Tintin Bersola-Babao titled, 'Being Gay' published last 11 March 2013 in her Philippine Star column – Parentin Talk – has received a lot of flak from, you guessed it right: lesbians, gays and bisexuals.

I don’t know Tintin Bersola-Babo personally nor familiar with her show or any of her publications. I don't support the content of her articles nor condemn them since I lack the credibility and knowledge to discuss it in entirety. I am also not a medical doctor or a psychologist, but, as a parent, the issue being push forward has intrigued me.

13 March 2013

UN Launches "My World, Mark A Difference"

My World
My World, A United Nations-led global survey to gather people's voices, priorities, and views for a world succeeding the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) era, was launched amidst growing local support for Post-2015 dialogues. The Post 2015 framework is an effort that’s meant to continue the current Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which ends in 2015. The MDGs have made a huge impact on the lives of billions, but there is still much more to be done to address extreme poverty, diseases and environmental crises.

The campaign which rolls-out from now until 2015 aims to involve as many citizens as possible regardless of age, gender, and backgrounds to participate in determining which 6 of 16, possible development issues they think would make the most difference to their lives.

09 March 2013

Ceasefire? No Way!

Malaysian Forces
It was mentioned in the papers today that the self-proclaimed Sultan of Sulu, Jamalul Kiram III has reiterated his call for a ceasefire. Earlier, he asked for a ceasefire between his followers, who landed in Sabah, Malaysia illegally, and the Malaysian security forced. The call remain unheeded.

The question is, why should the Malaysian follow this call? There is no reason to. Remember that his armed followers were given almost a month to lay down their arms and surrender without any conditions. Did the good Sultan compel his armed group of about 200 to do that? Nope.

04 March 2013

Salonga's Point-By-Point on PHL's Sabah Claim

Sabah Standoff
According to former Senator Jovito Salonga, the Philippine claim to Sabah is based on solid grounds. He made this assertion 50 years (March 1953) ago when he delivered his speech by way of rebuttal to the speech of Senator Lorenzo Sumulong berating the Philippine claim to North Borneo (Sabah). The claim was originally filed by President Diosdado Macapagal on 22 June 1962, followed by the London negotiations of January 1963. The British high officials were still debating among themselves at that time what to do with the claim.

Senator Salonga was with the team of Vice President Emmanuel Pelaez who headed the London negotiations on behalf of our government. The charge of "British imperialism" must have weighed heavily in their minds because after Salonga's speech, the British organized the Federation of Malaysia in September 1963 and assigned their rights to said Federation.