Feel like fleeing the country and its problems? You don't have to go very far to escape. Just travel two and a half hours out of Manila and then jump into the sea.
IN 2002, taxpayers spent P939,472.47 every month on each senator and P429,601.79 on each congressman, based on published reports. Shocking as these amounts may sound, they reflect only part of what Filipinos pay for their legislators' upkeep. Government auditors themselves say they are in the dark over how Congress spends most of its money, in part because there is hardly any paper trail to help them scrutinize how lawmakers use public funds.
Facing a catastrophic political crisis, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is searching for the proper leadership image. Should she be a resolute lame duck, an aloof lame duck, or a kinder, gentler lame duck?
You can stay in a really cheap hotel, even bunk out 16 to a room at the youth hostel; you can choose to walk instead of taking the water bus; you can even - God help you - limit yourself to just one or two museums. All this you can will yourself to do, in the name of saving money in one of Europe's most expensive cities.
|Where's my bad boy?|
Sick lately? It might be stress. Some doctors say that as many as nine of ten visits to the doctor could be stress-related, with the ailments including everything from allergies and asthma to herpes and heart disease.
by Alan Robles
Every Filipino will be required to have a national ID card. Military service will be compulsory for men who reach the age of 21. Soldiers will be immune from civilian law. The press will be limited to "responsible reporting" and "positive commentaries." The punishment for capital crimes will be a firing squad, which will be provided by the armed forces.
Parts of Metro Manila and Cebu, Laguna de Bay's lakeshore, and most port cities of the Philippines may soon vanish.
The main culprit? Climate change due to global warming. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a group of 2,000 scientists which advises the United Nations, said the rising of sea level is one of the most certain outcomes as a result of global warming.