Monthly Archives: February 2020

By Philip S. Chua, MD Veggies: stomach saver Those taking NSAID drugs like ibuprofen, and other anti-arthritis pain medications regularly can be victims of stomach irritation which could result in ulcers and bleeding complication. To prevent stomach ulceration, ingesting 8 to 10 ounces of vegetables a day can work wonders by protecting the stomach wall lining, according to a researcher at Sweden’s Uppsala university. Protective Brain Food If you want a healthy sna...

By Greg B. Macabenta I’m almost done with my third book, The Republic of Santa Banana and other Ad Libs. It’s a compilation of my most irreverent satires in almost 32 years of column writing. While going over the manuscripts, I came upon this piece which I wrote in 1988. Rewriting EDSA is a satire on A Dangerous Life,  a movie version of the revolution, produced by Australian Broadcasting Corporation and starring Gary Busey. Expectedly, the film treatment was Hollywo...

By Perry Diaz The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) is a privately owned corporation that was created on January 15, 2009.  It is a consortium of three corporations, namely, One Taipan Holdings, Calaca High Power Corporation, and the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC).  SGCC has a 40% stake while the other two – both Filipino-owned – have 30% each.  The NGCP’s Board of Directors has 10 members of which four are SGCC nominees.  While SGCC doesn’t have ...

By Joseph Peter R. Gonzales In her recent interview for her new iWant project titled, “I Am U”, Julia Barretto announced that at this point, she prefers not to be tied to a love team. It’s public knowledge that for three years, she was half of the popular JoshLia tandem opposite former steady Joshua Garcia. During that period, they were able to make the hit potboilers, “Vince and Kath and James”, “Love You to the Stars and Back”, “Unexpectedly Yours” and “I Love You Hat...

By Macon Araneta ABS-CBN President and CEO Carlo Katigbak apologized to President Rodrigo Duterte for failing to air his political advertisements for the 2016 election campaign amid the impending expiration of the network’s franchise on March 21. “We are sorry if we offended the President," said Katigbak during the Senate public services committee hearing  chaired by Sen. Grace Poe on ABS-CBN franchise.  Instead of airing the President's political advertisements which were...

By Daniel Llanto A mass deportation of Chinese nationals working in Philippine offshore gaming operator (POGO) is in the works following reports that mainland China cancelled their passports as part of a crackdown on telecommunications-related crimes at home and abroad. The Bureau of Immigration (BI) said it would verify with the Chinese embassy if their government had indeed cancelled the passports of thousands of their citizens employed in POGOs due to alleged involve...

By Corina Oliquino MANILA --Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) Sec. Silvestre Bello III said last February 23, the Philippines is close to signing a bilateral labor agreement (BLA) with Russia for OFWs. "We are confident that the BLA with Moscow will soon be finalized in line with our commitment to provide protection and support for OFWs as we continue to see increasing demand for our workers in that part of the world," Bello said in a statement. In a report b...

By Beting Laygo Dolor, Contributing Editor A whistleblower from the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said last week a majority of BI officials at airports and sea ports were involved in the scheme to give Chinese nationals VIP treatment for a fee. Known as the “pastillas” scheme, whistleblower Allison Chiong said during a Senate investigation on the entry of hundreds of thousands of Chinese into the Philippines that up to 90 percent of air and seaport-based BI officials and p...

By Beting Laygo Dolor, Contributing Editor With the global coronavirus epidemic rattling the tourist industry, the country’s three airlines are planning to offer budget fares all year round to offset the plunge in the number of air travelers. The trio will be targeting the local market. Usually offered during the off-season, the three airlines – Philippine Airlines (PAL), Cebu Pacific, and Air Asia – will be offering slashed rates for tickets purchased weeks and mont...

By Atty. Chris Caday Lozano The policy, termed the "public charge rule" by proponents and a "wealth test" by critics, was cleared by the Supreme Court recently. This new rule means that many legal immigrants who previously had qualified for residency would no longer qualify under current rule. The policy, which was first announced in August but delayed until now by federal courts, adds restrictions to the "public charge" rule that immigration agents consult when cons...

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