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https://open.spotify.com/episode/6tilx6dJuhQPI1eymqOC3W?si=DQbArt5FQRuLQ8j_qk2uPA THE latest tranche of cash assistance to households under strain due to intensified quarantine measures has left most of the public frustrated, if not completely exasperated, at the lack of support to those who need it most. Loud calls have been raised for Congress to create and...

Philanthropic architecture for vaccination and Covid centers

IN April 2020, I attended an international conference where an infectious disease specialist warned us that Covid-19 is mutating rapidly. He said we could even have Covid-20, 21 and...

He showed up, and it was insanely worse

OVER the weekend when talk about the status of President Rodrigo Duterte’s health was getting wild, fueled by conspiracy theories and partisan bickering, while the entire country is being...

The Covid surge: How we got here? What next?

HOW did we get here, and where could this go? That was the opening question in the Whitsun Reef article last Thursday, and we have it again today, this time...

Budgetary dictatorship

FOR many years extending to the Duterte administration, the sitting president has been annexing the legislature’s power of the purse to the executive’s power to disburse. The awesome concentration...

Preparing for the worst

THE worrisome situation that continues to intensify across the Indo-Pacific theater — India-China border, Taiwan Strait, East China Sea, South China Sea — is subverting diplomatic efforts to restore...

DoH: Covid-19 vaccines cannot cause Covid-19

THE Department of Health (DoH) continues to intensify its communication strategies to provide accurate and timely information about the Covid-1 9 pandemic. Hence, the DoH regularly monitors publications to...

Senators need to be reminded who it is they serve

https://open.spotify.com/episode/640SER54K0taclHWPE6oip?si=Nr67XwlCRMuDM4Ec9pbt_g IT has become a habit, if not a tradition, to address our senators as “honorable,” but we might well reconsider whether that honorific is at all deserved in view...

Locsin so patently ignorant about arbitration suit

AS reported by the Manila Bulletin, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. tweeted on Sunday: “What cements the reefs and waters as ours is the Arbitral Award won by...

Is the President ill?

THERE are not too many constitutions, I guess, that require of their heads of government a disclosure of their state of health and a bulletin whenever he or she...

Pandemic failed to stop this juggernaut — the billionaire class

FORBES, the magazine that made its mark tracking global wealth like no other, has reported that from Mach 2020 to March 2021, the world’s dollar billionaires soared to a...

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Russia to expel 10 US diplomats in response to Washington

MOSCOW: Russia on Friday responded to a barrage of new US sanctions by saying it would expel 10 US diplomats and take other retaliatory...

‘No sufficient data’ on vaccines vs Covid-19 – Duque

A top official of the Department of Health (DoH) said on Friday there is "no sufficient evidence" which indicates how long vaccines can provide protection...

Free eggs for a jab as China ramps up vaccination drive

TAIPEI, Taiwan: China’s success at controlling the coronavirus outbreak has resulted in a population that has seemed almost reluctant to get vaccinated. So it...

Lawmaker asks IATF: Allow vaccinations in villages, subdivisions

QUEZON CITY 2nd District Rep. Precious Hipolito Castelo on Friday proposed that the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) allow private villages and subdivisions to do...

PNP names new spokesman

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday named Brig. Gen. Ronaldo E. Olay as its new spokesman, replacing Brig. Gen. Ildebrandi Usana who will...

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