Did Metro comply with regulations?

NESTOR B. RAMIREZ 01/09/2018

I am not subscribing to the suspicion of many, especially irresponsible statuses in social media that the recent fire that gutted Metro Gaisano in Ayala was a case of arson in order to get the insurance money.…

No comfy ride for Duterte’s TRAIN

NESTOR B. RAMIREZ 12/26/2017

Not much retort or dissent have been heard about the impending implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) which according to the government is considered as the “Duterte Express to Development” when it only…

Wake in the city streets

NESTOR B. RAMIREZ 12/12/2017

If you see tents being put up in front of chapels occupying one lane of the road obviously constricting the movement of vehicles in the area, one can immediately doubt the sincerity of the city government in…

Kudos to LTFRB, better late than later

NESTOR B. RAMIREZ 11/14/2017

In the midst of the brouhaha over the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) only getting tough on the operation of Angkas recently, all I can say is better late than never. With the reality that…

On heritage mapping

NESTOR B. RAMIREZ 10/31/2017

For many bustling cities like Cebu, the terms “heritage” and “development” are almost always taken in the context of being a protagonist and antagonist, always clashing with another when development is supposed to consider in all its…

New taxi fare scheme to congest roads

NESTOR B. RAMIREZ 10/17/2017

The impending implementation of the new taxi fare formula approved by the Land Transformation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) would definitely make taxi operators and drivers triumphant, but regulators failed to consider its effect to the riding…

Heart Bakery, ‘the recipe for change’

NESTOR B. RAMIREZ 10/03/2017

It is not every day that you get inspiration from people who, through societal stereotype, are considered subject to condemnation due to committing infractions against the law and social norms. Last Wednesday, I was a spectator to…

Renewed threat to press freedom

NESTOR B. RAMIREZ 09/19/2017

Since 1986 after the country freed itself from the iron-fisted rule of a former dictator, the mainstream media has never felt as threatened in the same democratic space where it flourished and functioned as the mirror of…

Tackling fake news

NESTOR B. RAMIREZ 09/05/2017

On September 23, within the Press Freedom Week Celebration, the academe will tackle the issue of how to prevent the spread of fake news and alternative truths in social media in a research conference organized by the…

Compassion, not death

NESTOR B. RAMIREZ 08/22/2017

I literally grew up and spent most of my youth in the city’s red light district in Barangay Kamagayan where, during my adolescence days, not only bawdy houses and bars were situated but also makeshift drug dens.…

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