Monthly Archives: July 2020

By Bles Carmona-De la Rosa When it comes to abundance and prosperity, this should be your mantra: “Abundance and prosperity begin with me.” If you recall the Bible story of the widow’s oil in 2 Kings 4: 1-7 (NIV), then you know that this is a despairing woman who asks for the prophet Elisha’s help in paying her late husband’s debts. Otherwise, her sons will be taken away as slaves by creditors. Elisha asks the widow what she has in her house, and she replies that she on...

By Joseph Peter R. Gonzales Despite the shutdown of ABS-CBN, followers of Vice Ganda can still watch him on his own newly-launched digital network called ViceGanda.com.ph. In fact, on July 24, 2020, people were able to watch his latest show called “Gabing-Gabi na Vice.”  During a recent digicon, the popular comedian-TV host admitted that for a long time now, he has been contemplating to have content in the digital space. “Actually, it was because of the lockdown why I f...

By Jun Nucum The Colma Citizens Scholarship Fund announced this year’s 11 recipients in the recent Town Council meeting. Colma Citizens Scholarship Fund Committee Chair Maureen O’Connor recalled the Fund was established by Lucky Chances Casino in 2000 and is fully funded by that business. “Between 2000 and 2019 the fund awarded $312,128 in scholarships. This year an additional $10,500 is being awarded,” O’Connor said. “I want to thank Mr. Rommel Medina, the owner an...

By Corina Oliquino MANILA -- Bank of China Manila country head Deng Jun believes the Chinese economy’s recovery in the second quarter of 2020 with a gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 3.2 percent after contracting 6.8 in percent the first quarter due to the COVID-19 pandemic is a “positive indication for all other countries on the road to recovery.”  Deng said the Philippine economy’s recovery could last through the first half of 2021, noting the country ranked firs...

By William Casis Senate Minority Leader Franklin on July 27 resented accusations against him by President Rodrigo Duterte that he was lawyering for the Lopezes, s of the media giant ABS-CBN which shut down its operation after failing to get a renewal of its 25-year franchise. In taking the cudgels for ABS-CBN, Drilon stressed his primordial concern was the freedom of the press and the thousands of employees who would lose their jobs. “The issue was freedom of the pre...

By Beting Laygo Dolor, Contributing Editor The government may be expecting too much when it predicts an economic recovery next year equal to or even greater than last year’s growth, following the severe damage caused by the global Covid-19 pandemic. Although two or three consecutive quarters of recession is to be expected, the Duterte administration targeted a return to growth for the economy beginning in the fourth quarter of this year, then moving at a faster pace beg...

By Daniel Llanto The Philippines' top diplomat rejected claims that Sabah is now part of Malaysia as the Malaysian foreign ministry announced that Kuala Lumpur stopped paying cession money to the heirs of the Sultanate of Sulu to indicate that Sabah is now its full-fledged territory. Foreign Affairs Sec. Teodoro Locsin Jr. on July 27 slammed a photo caption issued by the US Embassy in Manila that designates Sabah as part of Malaysia, negating the Philippine’s historical...

By Macon Araneta Filipinos  and nationals from three other countries can continue to enjoy traveling to Taiwan without visa for one year starting August 1, 2020 until July 31, 2021. Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs  (MOFA)made the decision in a bid to promote its New Southbound Policy which allows visa-free entry to foreign nationals from the Philippines, Thailand, Brunei and Russia.. In a statement, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office  (TECO)in the Philippin...

By Macon Araneta In efforts to keep international waters “free and open,” five Australian warships have joined American and Japanese navies in conducting military exercises in the Philippine Sea in a reciprocal show of strength as tensions grow over China’s maritime ambitions in the Indo-Pacific region. An Australian Joint Task Group, led by HMAS Canberra, joined the USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group and a Japanese destroyer for a “trilateral exercise” as an effort...

By Daniel Llanto Adopting what seemed to be a hardline stance, President Duterte shot down a reported plan in Washington to bring back the US bases to Subic, saying this would lead to a war that may result in the “extinction of the Filipino race.” In his fifth state of the nation address (SONA) on July 27, Duterte said he won’t allow US bases in Subic Bay with the same air of finality as his intent to do nothing on the maritime row with China over the West Philippine Se...

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