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Monthly Archives: November 2020

By Corina Oliquino MANILA -- German market and consumer data company Statista on its Our World in Data report dated November 2, found other countries in the Asia Pacific region are still battling growing or returning COVID-19 outbreaks. Statista data journalist Katharina Buchholz said in the corresponding press statement that while Thailand and South Korea have been successful at flattening the curve, countries like Japan, Indonesia and the Philippines are either battli...

By Daniel Llanto The Philippines is voting for China’s candidate to the UN judicial arm International Court of Justice (ICJ) notwithstanding the differences between the two countries over China’s intrusion into the West Philippine Sea portion of the South China Sea. Foreign Affairs Sec. Teodoro Locsin Jr. tweeted the instruction to the Philippine Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York to vote for the Chinese candidate.  In the tweet, Locsin said “and rememb...

By Beting Laygo Dolor, Contributing Editor Friendships and family ties have been strained, even broken, when Filipinos and Filipino-Americans took opposite sides in the one-on-one battle between President Donald Trump and former vice-president – now President-elect -- Joe Biden. Even after Biden reached 270 Electoral College votes, verbal and written jousting continued from the two sides. Nowhere was this more apparent than in the mostly friendly but sometimes ugly e...

By Beting Laygo Dolor, Contributing Editor The Philippines’ two highest officials – the President and the Vice-president – extended their congratulations to US President-elect Joe Biden over the weekend. President Rodrigo Duterte, who  endorsed defeated President Donald Trump earlier this year said, “We look forward to working closely with the new administration of President-elect Biden anchored on shared commitment to democracy, freedom, and the rule of law.” The of...

By Philip S. Chua, MD. As of 11:48 AM EST, November 10, 2020, there were almost 51.5 million cases and about 1.3 million deaths from COVID-19 worldwide, with the United States on the top-five list with almost 10.5 million cases, about 245,000 deaths, and 15,753 new cases that day, followed by India, Brazil, Russia, and France. The Philippines had around 400,000 cases, about 7,700 deaths, and 1,350 new cases that day. A good news amidst lockdowns and mask mandates in som...

By Greg B. Macabenta Following President Donald Trump’s loss to Democratic challenger Joe Biden in the presidential election, a punster has called Trump, “Donald The Lame Duck,” a mischievous play on Walt Disney’s lovable character Donald Duck. However, even as a “lame duck,” observers believe that Trump could still cause a lot of trouble in the final weeks of his presidency. A story in The Guardian bannered the headline: “Wrecking ball: the damage Trump could do while ...

This November, GMA Network’s award-winning drama anthology program Tadhana, hosted by Kapuso Primetime Queen Marian Rivera, celebrates its 3rd anniversary with month-long specials airing every Saturday afternoon beginning November 7. This year, Tadhana not only offers viewers a bigger luggage containing true stories of adventure, hope, dreams, and sometimes even the challenges being faced by Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). Exciting and a wider array of stories of struggl...

By Beting Laygo Dolor, Contributing Editor The country’s third telco, Dito Telecommunity, last week announced that it was no longer aiming to be just the latest player in the multi-billion peso market. It now seeks to be number one, edging out PLDT Smart and Globe Telecom. One of Dito’s first steps is to abandon its original plan to launch 4G services when it launches in the first quarter of 2021, instead going toe-to-toe with the two existing telcos in offering 5G serv...

By Beting Laygo Dolor, Contributing Editor While their exit is generally welcomed by the populace, the exodus of Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) from the country has had a negative effect on the country’s rental market, especially in Metro Manila. The POGOs began to leave the country at the height of the coronavirus pandemic. The Chinese-owned and operated companies had provided support to the country’s real estate industry by renting offices and residentia...

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