YOU like air travel? If you are from the northern part of Quezon City and residing in any town of Central and North Luzon, I suggest you fly via Clark airport. Very convenient. You don't have any temper to lose. You skip the 24 hour heavy traffic of Edsa and the other main thoroughfares of the metropolis.
When you go to Sagada, Mountain Province and explore those beautiful caves underneath, you might as well bring with you some protective gears. The town government should provide some warnings that it is highly dangerous particularly to young and older people to explore the caves. Paging Mayor James Pooten.
President Duterte seems love traveling now, talking with our kababayans working abroad and leaders of countries. Accompanied by cabinet members, Mocha Uson and other officials with the Mocha dancers in tow, it must be fun.
Inquirer reporter Tonette Orejas reported that the Pampanga provincial jail which was built in the early nineteen hundreds, today houses 2,146 detainees. Three times the capacity of 800.
There are 138,000 inmates in only 466 jails. Prisoners learned how to sleep standing. No way can they recline because they are packed.
On the average it takes 117 inmates and causes overcrowding. Governor Lilia Pineda is proposing a 50 hectare lot in an upland area in the town of Floridablanca to be made a penal farm, because the provincial government spends almost P2 million monthly for food allocation.
I played the slots in the Pagcor run casino in Davao City more than a year ago when I was visiting my kin there, the Dizons. I noticed that the anti-smoking law is strictly implemented inside the casino. Not even Koreans and Chinese players who are known heavy smokers can't take a puff.
Casinos should now allot a space as a designated area for smokers. I hope in the implementing rules and regulations it will include jailing after three arrest. (Huwag naman death penalty. Pinapatay na nga ng unti-unti ni smoker ang sarile eh. Joke only).
Pagcor as the agency regulating operations of the casinos all over the country including those in the Entertainment Bay area, Subic and Clark Freeport should now send memos to strictly implement President Duterte's order against smoking in public places.
The Build, Build, Build program of the Duterte administration is a welcome development. At this early some sectors are already afraid of the misuse of the P9 trillion. So many government officials and contractors are already grinning ear to ear.
There is confusion over the Anti-Distracted Driving Act. It is not a well-thought piece of legislation. President Duterte shouldn't have signed it. His legal counsel has not really studied it carefully it seems.
There are so many laws. Most are not implemented. Now this new law on driving which will penalize even the most trivial matters like placing a rosary atop the car's dashboard can be an opportunity for “Kotong cops and enforcers.”
Published in the SunStar Pampanga newspaper on May 23, 2017.
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