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Filipino-made Cheetos Discontinued

Maybe it could have triggered a heart attack. A recent headline in the inquirer.net alarmed me. The banner announced the following “Filipino-made Cheetos Discontinued.” Therefore, when I saw that Pepsi PH was shutting down the Cheetos snack food line in the Philippines, I gasped. Cheetos is my all-time favorite junk food. I was fearful my … Read more

Iloilo-Guimaras Bridge Construction Starts 2021?

It’s a line I’ve heard several times before. Consequently, it’s right up there with “The check’s in the mail” and “I’ll still respect you in the morning.” Iloilo-Guimaras Bridge Construction Starts 2021? Well, that’s the new target date for bridge construction to begin. 2021 Target Date? Department of Public Works and Highways, DPWH, Secretary Mark … Read more

Dead Americans in the Philippines

Yes, it’s a morbid title. “Dead Americans in the Philippines.” After posting a recent story about an American from Boston who died in the Philippines, I did some research. First of all, I ran across some intriguing information. A section entitled “U.S. Citizen Deaths Overseas”interested me. According to the U.S. State Department, the agency is … Read more

Coast Guard in Iloilo & Guimaras DO NOT Enforce Wearing of Life Jackets

Boat capsizes in Iloilo  dead  missing

UPDATED SEPT. 19, 2019


In fairness to the local Coast Guard, I felt the need to update this post. After the loss of 31 lives on capsized pump boats on August 3, 2019, the Coast Guard has been strictly implementing new safety regulations for pump boats.

Furthermore, I commend the Coast Guard and the Maritime Industry Authority, MARINA, for sticking to their guns. Despite heavy opposition by Guimaras resort owners and pump boat operators, the safety regulations put in place by the MARINA are still being enforced.

However, I don’t know how long the regulations will remain. There’s already discussion about somehow modifying the tarpaulins that cover the pump boats. Instead of using common sense and umbrellas, there are people complaining about the tarpaulins being removed. These protesters claim that the sun beats down on them when riding the motorboats.

There is evidence that the tarpaulins were a major factor in the loss of lives on August 3. Many passengers were trapped underwater and underneath the tarps.

Well, there’s a solution to the blazing sun. Use an umbrella. Or, board one of the fast crafts that have covered passenger areas. Frankly, the mandate by the MARINA to modernize ALL wooden-hulled pump boats in the Philippines is being resisted. It seems that there is a concerted effort by some for Guimaras to remain in the Dark Ages and ignore all safety regulations for the sake of the Almighty Peso.

Therefore, things will probably go the way they did after nine people lost their lives in October 2015. That’s when theTawashcapsized on the Iloilo Strait. After two weeks, and complaints from Guimaras lawyers who had rumpled suits from wearing life jackets, the life jacket regulation was completely ignored. I hope I’m wrong.

What follows is my original post from October 2015.

The Coast Guard in Iloilo & Guimaras DOES NOT enforce the wearing of life jackets.

It is required by MARINA (Maritime Industry Authority)’s Memorandum Circular No. 08 Series of 2008 which states that “ALL passengers shall be required to wear life jackets from the time of departure and during the entire voyage…”

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Why Does New Jollibee Ad Feature Actress Wearing Blackface?

First of all, what were the marketing directors at Jollibee thinking? Is it the same marketing firm that put Hitler’s image on Robinson Malls’ shopping bags? Therefore, this post begs the question: “Why Does New Jollibee Ad Feature Actress Wearing Blackface?” Liza Soberano is a well-known Filipina actress. Soberano recently began a new ad campaign … Read more

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