Young Voices Speak

What matters to the young Filipinos today?
What are their take on the issues that affect not only our country but the whole world as well?
We invite the students, the young urban professionals, the next generation to share with us their thoughts, feelings and opinions.

What is the price of vanity?

QUEZON City, Philippines (January 19) – The proposed vanity tax made a huge splash after news organizations reported it. The proposed measure aims to levy an excise tax on all the beauty products and beauty services in our country. And once its existence was revealed, criticisms and objections from various women’s groups and organizations greeted the proposed vanity tax. And they make one compelling argument – it is unfair to women. Here’s a little backgrounder on how […]

The solution to rampant kidnapping

QUEZON City, Philippines (January 18) – In one of the recent speeches given by President Rodrigo Duterte, he addressed the rampant kidnapping plaguing the country by saying that he will put a stop to it by blasting the perpetrators – even if they have hostages. Yes, it suddenly went a turn to the unreal. Is the President serious? Or he is again making one of his infamous jokes? In his speech, President Duterte ordered the blasting […]

Information wants to be free!

QUEZON City, Philippines (January 10) – As of January of 2016, the total population of the Philippines reached 101,498,763 and the Bureau of Internal Revenue  Deputy Commissioner for Operations, Nelson Aspe noted that thirty percent or thirty million of which are registered taxpayers. Taxes serve as the main source of our country’s revenue. Individual tax – along with other forms of taxes – is the fuel used by the Philippine government to support each and every […]

American kids and Filipino food = adorable!

QUEZON City, Philippines (December 20) – Adorable! Without a doubt, everyone can agree that this is the perfect word to describe the cute little kids in a viral video made by and posted in their Youtube channel. The video shows American kids try out Filipino food. Viewers really enjoyed the no-holds-barred reactions of these kids trying out food from different parts of the world. Their innocence and their honesty makes one roll on the floor, […]

Let’s get to know the Philippine Cabinet

QUEZON City, Philippines (December 14) – Aside from the President and the Vice President, what we called the Cabinet or “Gabinete” is also part of the executive branch of the Government. They serve as the alter ego of the President and they exercise power and authority in their respective offices or departments. The President is the one who can choose or nominate a Cabinet secretary for his or her respective office but it should have the […]

Understanding the writ of habeas corpus

QUEZON City, Philippines (December 14) – The Latin phrase “habeas corpus” literally means to “produce the body”. The writ of habeas corpus  is an order issued by the court to produce the body of the criminal or prisoner at a designated time and place, in order to explain the cause of detention or captivity. Based on  Article III, Sections 1,2 and 14 of the 1987 Constitution, it can be gleaned that every Filipino has the fundamental right […]

Viewers, netizens react to Felix Manalo’s quintuple victory at the 64th FAMAS

QUEZON City, Philippines (December 13) – Netizens from around the globe, including those who have watched the historical bio-epic “Felix Manalo,” welcomed and reacted favorably to the quintuple triumph of the movie in the 64th Filipino Academy of Movie Sciences and Arts or FAMAS awards night. The biggest and brightest stars of the Philippine showbiz industry gathered in Century Park Hotel for the 64th or FAMAS Awards night last Sunday, December 4.  And one of the […]

The Office of the Ombudsman: Its powers, functions and duties

QUEZON City, Philippines (December 1) – The Office of the Ombudsman in the Philippines or also known as “Tanod ng Bayan” is responsible for investigating and prosecuting any public officer or employee accused of  illegal, improper or inefficient conduct . The term “ombudsman” is synonymous to public defender, a grievance man, a watchman over the law’s watchmen, voice of the citizen, and citizen’s counselor. Essentially, the Ombudsman protects citizens against injustices committed by government officials. Any citizen […]

Thank You, 2NE1!

QUEZON City, Philippines – (November 29) – The day after the news came out that 2ne1 was officially disbanded, I was listening to my playlist that time. The songs are randomly playing from my phone ‘coz it’s on a shuffle mode. All of the sudden “Come Back Home” by K-pop girl group 2NE1 just played. That’s actually one of my favorite song from the group, and also reminds me of my best friend that introduced me […]

How does the Witness Protection Program work?

QUEZON City, Philippines (November 18) – We are once again hearing about the Witness Protection Program. One is left wondering how it really works, how does one qualify for it and what are the benefits of the program. Republic Act No. 6981, also known as “The Witness Protection, Security and Benefit Act” established the Witness Protection Program. It is a government program for those people who are willing to testify or has a knowledge on a […]

The Bangsamoro Transition Committee – Achieving peace in Mindanao

QUEZON City, Philippines (November 14) – Even before attaining the presidency, President Rodrigo Duterte already mentioned about achieving long-lasting peace in the southern Philippines as one of his priorities. Now, peace may be finally within reach as he signed an Executive Order for the establishment of a new Bangsamoro Transition Commission. The EO expanded the number of members composing the commission from 15 to 21. The aim of the expansion is to  give more representation in drafting the […]

What is habeas data?

QUEZON City, Philippines (November 10) – Senator Leila De Lima filed a petition for  Writ of Habeas Data against President Rodrigo Duterte but before we react, do we know what a Writ of Habeas Data? Habeas Data is a remedy available to any person whose right to privacy in life, liberty or security is violated or threatened by an unlawful act or omission of a public official or employee, or of a private individual or entity engaged […]