Monthly Archives: March 2020

By Philip S. Chua, MD While cigarette smoking destroys lungs (first, with recurrent respiratory infections, then emphysema, COPD, and worst, lung cancer) over decades of inhaling more than 4,000 (not 400) different toxic substances, 200 of them carcinogenic (cancer-producing), vaping could kill within weeks, or months. Yes, vaping is a more vicious killer! What is vaping? Vaping, also termed JUULing, means using electronic cigarette or other vaping devices (vape pens...

By Joseph Peter R. Gonzales In the midst of the Corona Virus crisis in the Philippines, some of the celluloid firmament’s popular fixtures extended help to those in need. One of them is Vice Ganda.  The talented comedian-host recently posted in his social media accounts the items he donated in four hospitals in the National Capital Region in the fight against the virus. “Yes! The tons of boxes include N95 masks, disposable gloves, safety goggles, alcohol and disinfec...

Bianca Umali is a force to be reckoned with. An award-winning actress, an amazing dancer, a fashion inspiration, and an ardent advocate of education and women empowerment, the Kapuso prime star has another talent everyone has to witness. She is now officially a recording artist. Bianca debuted her first single titled “Kahit Kailan” on her birthday last March 2. As she ventures into recording, she is grateful for the opportunity to explore her love for music, which sh...

By Daniel Llanto The government will continue to uphold human rights in its implementation of measures to arrest the spread of the coronavirus in the country, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) clarified after a senior DILG official earlier declared that human rights and the writ of habeas corpus go out the window during a state of emergency. This clarification was made by DILG Undersec. Jonathan Malaya to thwart the statement of fellow DILG Unde...

By Macon Araneta In response to the urgent plea of private hospitals and medical industry leaders, DoH Sec. Francisco Duque III said Dr Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center and a building at the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH) will be used for COVID-19 patients exclusively.  Duque acknowledged the move would centralize efforts as private hospitals are reeling from a drastically reduced workforce who have been put on quarantine due to ...

By Beting Laygo Dolor, Contributing Editor When he was elected mayor of Pasig City last year, ending a decades old political dynasty in the process, 29-year-old Victor Ma. Regis ‘Vico’ Sotto hit the ground running. The son of comedian Vic Sotto and actor-TV host Coney Reyes, the young mayor cleaned up the city both figuratively and literally. In the last couple of weeks, however, his already bright political star went into overdrive, his actions to minimize the pain ...

By Jun Nucum The COVID-19 testing center in Hayward California got off to a good start with Hayward residents and in their cars lining up to avail of free COVID-19 test. The testing center located at the Hayward Fire Station #7, 28270 Huntwood Avenue near corner Tennyson Avenue was established to take pressure off hospital emergency rooms, respond quickly to queries, recently exposed first responders and health care workers, and to enhance the region’s screening capaci...

By Philip S. Chua, MD.  The younger generation is also vulnerable to get COVID-19! It is a deadly  misconception that they are not, a fake news that puts the elderly at even a greater risk. Irresponsible people of any age could make this pandemic worse than the virus itself, by being arrogant and inconsiderate, not cooperating with the health authorities.Some of the Florida spring-breakers on beaches shown on TV a few days ago, disregarding warnings to stay home or practic...

Compiled by Atty. Crispin C. Lozano For those who are scheduled for interviews at any USCIS local office, this is a copy of their guidelines. As of March 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has suspended routine in-person services until at least April 1 to help slow the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). USCIS staff will continue to perform duties that do not involve contact with the public. However, USCIS will provide emergency services for limite...

By Perry Diaz In an attempt to downplay the Novel Coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump ignored the gravity of the disease by misleading the public.  But the public isn’t buoyed by Trump’s soft-pedaling his assessment of coronavirus (a.k.a. COVID-19).  Instead, it further raised concerns and fears among Americans.  As Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), when told that Trump believes that COVID-19 is like ...

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