The Palawan Times upholds freedom of expression and of speech. We allow comments because we believe in fostering healthy interactions among ourselves, our readers, the subjects of our stories and those who read the personal views of others through postings in our Weblog.

However, as much as we want to pursue an “ANYTHING GOES” policy, we realize that many can really cross the line and aggravate others through their narrow-minded comments.

Here are our ground rules:

The Palawan Times upholds freedom of expression and of speech. We allow comments because we believe in fostering healthy interactions among ourselves, our readers, the subjects of our stories and those who read the personal views of others through postings in our Weblog.

However, as much as we want to pursue an “ANYTHING GOES” policy, we realize that many can really cross the line and aggravate others through their narrow-minded comments.

Here are our ground rules:

1. BE RESPECTABLE/RESPECTFUL. Being able to comment here is an opportunity for your personal views to be read so that others can expand their knowledge on the subject matters you carry. If you want to be believed, be morally above reproach.

2. AVOID COMMENTS IN ALL CAPS. It is equivalent to yelling.

3. We do not allow hate speeches, direct threats against anybody or group of people, racial discrimination, indecent remarks, exhaust any individual or group of people with repeated attacks, and obscenity or profanity.

4. AVOID IDENTITY THEFT. The name Palawan Times has been used by unscrupulous individuals on fictitious e-mail addresses. We will disapprove comments that use our name to provoke, or mislead/confuse others to believe we wrote them. Our email addresses are only paltimes@mozcom.com and the_palawan_times@yahoo.com

5. Opinions (based solely on personal judgment) about our writers, columnists, and contributors are welcome, as long as they show appropriate deference and respect. It is sensible to discuss issues we present rather than attacking our personalities. Claims they have done something illegal or wrong will not be approved in the comment box. They must be sent instead in letter form to The Editor at Palawan Times Office.

6. TIP OFFS/FEEDS about issues/stories you want us to know and write about are accepted here. As such, we are obliged to protect and preserve your right should you wish to remain anonymous. If you’re not prepared to stand up in the open for what you know, we strongly suggest you mail/email to us the information as an alternative to posting them here in our comments box. Please indicate your name, address and contact numbers for verification.

7. If you left a comment in this Weblog and you didn’t see it after some logical time, and you’re aware it is not in violation of our policies, please contact us by email.

8. Postings that announce another person’s address, telephone numbers, email, SSS numbers, credit card numbers, and others that may expose his/her to harm will not be approved unless verified.

9. Comments and postings should be limited and related to the topic under which they’re posted.

10. The Palawan Times Weblog is not open to postings that campaign for any political personality or election candidate during election season. Advertorials however, may be coursed through our business office.

11. MESSAGE BOARD. We are not a message board, long-drawn-out chats are not allowed here.

12. We reserve the right to edit and delete any and all comments. We also have the right to prevent anyone or any group of people from accessing the entire Weblog.

13. All comments in this Weblog are the responsibility of those who post them, not the Palawan Times, the editor or any of its staff. By commenting here, you agree that your comment/posting is your own.

Note that we do not need commenters for http://thepalawantimes.wordpress.com to be appealing to the general public. We’re allowing you simply to receive feedbacks.

We may change this “Comments Policy” from time to time. Please check with us once in a while.