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Monthly Archives: March 2020

By Elpidio R. Estioko The corona virus is getting worse and affecting our daily life: classrooms are closed, offices sent their employees home for a week or so until further notice, and we can only go to banks, pharmacy, hospitals, and related facilities.  The instruction is to stay home, unless extremely necessary! And… the scheduled primaries and causes were either rescheduled or held with extreme rules aligned with corona advisories. So, with the Senate impeachmen...

By Macon Araneta Sen. Grace Poe is pushing to repeal an antiquated penal law that permits the slaying of a spouse caught in an extra-marital affair. Senate Bill No. 1410 specifically wants to abolish Article 247 of the Revised Penal Code, which gives a legally married person the license to kill his or her spouse or underaged daughter caught having sex with another person. Article 247 also provides that “if he shall inflict upon them physical injuries of any other kind, he ...

By Daniel Llanto The Philippine ambassador to the United States revealed there are ongoing efforts to possibly replace the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) which is being abrogated at the behest of the Philippines. Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Manuel “Babe” Romualdez told a media forum that he is in talks with his counterpart, Ambassador Sung Kim, as well as members of the military, to see if the VFA "can be polished" or improved. The resulting proposal will then...

By Daniel Llanto The Philippine National Police (PNP) assured that the war on drugs and criminality won’t take a back seat to the community quarantine being enforced in Metro Manila to contain the spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). “Those will continue,” PNP Director for police community relations and acting PNP spokesman Maj. Gen. Benigno Durana said, referring to anti-drugs and anti-criminality campaigns of the police force. To ensure that the fight to c...

By Jun Nucum After a long wait onboard their cruise ship, Filipino passengers and crewmembers have been finally repatriated back to the Philippines on Saturday March 14 and are under a 14-day quarantine. The repatriation came after persistent efforts of coordination were undertaken by the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco (PCG-SF) and the Philippine Embassy in Washington D.C. with U.S. federal and state governments, Carnival Corp and the Philippine governmen...

By Beting Laygo Dolor, Contributing Editor The multi-billion-peso upgrade of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) has been in limbo after the group of business tycoon Manny V. Pangilinan (MVP) announced last week that it would pull out of the project. NAIA, also known as the Manila International Airport, is the Philippines’ premiere gateway for international visitors, as well as local air travelers but has fallen behind its peers in the region in terms of facil...

By Perry Diaz On February 27, a Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator (Pogo) Chinese worker was murdered, and his companion wounded, in an apparent money exchange deal that went wrong.  Two suspects were arrested and have been charged with murder.  A third suspect got away.  Three firearms – one 9mm and two .45-caliber – were recovered from the suspects. Identification found on the two suspects showed that they were People’s Liberation Army (PLA) members.  But further inv...

By Elpidio R. Estioko Jonathan J. Russel, author of “The Wonders of Being Grandparents” wrote: “There are many milestones involved with birth. Your first child is a large milestone. While not a big a deal, your grandchild is a wonderful milestone too. When you reach it, you’re a grandparent.” Russell is right! Filipinos value their grandchild (apos) so much that taking care of them becomes a full-time job, an apostolic work. They have more time for them because they are...

By Greg B. Macabenta There’s a new epidemic being posted in social media. Moronavirus. The root word is “moron” as in idiot, stupid or nincompoop. A more charitable synonym is “incompetent.” An indication of Moronavirus is the assertion by President Donald Trump that people could go to work in spite of showing symptoms of Coronavirus or of being actually infected. Said Trump:  “So if, you know, we have thousands or hundreds of thousands of people that get better just by, y...

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