IF there’s one issue that hasn’t gone away, it’s falling prey to scams. Whether it’s in the name of love or clearing your name from a supposed blacklist, scammers have become experts at identifying our fears or desires, and thoroughly exploiting them. Last year, Selangor alone reportedly recorded 4,140 commercial crimes involving cheating with losses amounting to RM360.7 million. According to the Selangor Commercial Crimes Investigations Department, 927 cases were classified under the popular Macau scam, and victims lost a total of RM50.4 million. The Macau scam refers to a set method used by scammers, where targets usually receive a phone call from someone pretending to be from a government agency, the police, a bank or finance company. The potential victim is then told that he or she owes money or has an outstanding fine. If payment is not settled within a given timeframe, there will be consequences. Then there are online scams, often promising easy money or … [Read more...] about We keep getting scammed, why?
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The fight for the island of Sicogon in Iloilo is a microcosm of the larger struggle of people against land-hungry giant corporations like Ayala. Ka Raul sits up and braces himself—he has done this too many times. This, after all, was just another day in the almost 15 years he has been in the struggle for his island home of Sicogon. Ka Raul also happens to be the president of the Federation of Sicogon Farmers and Fisherfolk Association (FESIFFA). He smiles and asks, “Saan mo gusto magsimula? [Where would you like to start?].” Sicogon, an island that lies on the northern part of Iloilo, could rival the popularity and the beauty of the famous white sand beaches of nearby Boracay island. Named after a grass abundant in the area—cogon—Sicogon was popular for its crystal clear waters and white beaches lined with coconut trees. Truly, Sicogon sounds like the ideal tourist destination, and its elite owners tried to make it so. But their successive efforts … [Read more...] about OPINION: Sicogon
Surrender of fisheries: Start of national ruin The constitutionality of letting China poach our marine resources is for Congress to decide. But ordinary citizens can discern its added burdens on our lives. The Chinese steal quietly, if incessantly in our exclusive economic zone. To broadcast that we “can give them some fish since we’re friends” is to invite worse theft. From China’s overfished regions they will come in droves. Not them, but our coast guards, will be restrained. China’s navy will escort the poachers. Ignoring international law and basic decency, Beijing abets their piracy. Filipino fishers who dare defy them will be harmed. Example was Panatag (Scarborough), part of Philippine territory. Instead of defended by Manila, our countrymen were told to fish elsewhere. Our poor fisher folk will be marginalized. Though baseless in claiming the entire South China Sea, the Beijing-backed poachers will push them to … [Read more...] about Surrender of fisheries: Start of national ruin
The long, at times embarrassing, history of American studio blockbusters is founded on consolidated efforts to capture the coveted “lightning-in-a-bottle” moment that is expected to pave the way for more of the same. Financial and, to a certain extent, critical success have served as harbingers of homogeneity. A certain crop of culturally significant pieces of filmmaking from the preceding era is bound to be retroactively seen as a sprawling scrapyard in which image-makers of the following generation could freely take apart fool-proof elements and “formulas” and transplant those used parts into their nascent bodies of work to ensure that they stimulate calculated responses from the public. This is not to say that every visionary in their own respective era is automatically subservient to the blind pursuit of Hollywood’s brand of commercial success. Underneath the shiny surface of mass appeal, paradigmatic outliers such as Tim Burton or Sam Raimi … [Read more...] about Artistic individualism the real casualty of ‘Avengers: Endgame’