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Monthly Archives: November 2020

By Corina Oliquino MANILA -- Presidential spokesman Harry Roque Jr. said on October 30, the Duterte administration will set up a task force to manage the immunization of an eventual COVID-19 vaccine. In a statement, Roque said the task force was prescribed by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) through Resolution Number 82 to “work on mechanisms for effective distribution of vaccines as well as orderly immunization activ...

By Corina Oliquino MANILA -- The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) released on October 28, this year’s Global Impunity Index which showed the Philippines’ improved global ranking in prosecuting murderers of journalists in 2020. After a decade of being listed among the top 5 deadliest countries for journalists, the Philippines fell to seventh most dangerous country for journalists. CPJ said the improved ranking is due to the exclusion of the 2009 Maguindanao mass...

By Macon Araneta Sen. Cynthia Villar remains the richest member of the Philippine Senate with a further spike in her wealth in 2019 while detained Sen. Leila de Lima is the poorest. Based on the senators’ latest statement of assets, liabilities, and net worth (SALN) released through  the Senate’s official website, Villar posted a net worth of over PHP3,814,091,438 billion as of December 2019.  This is over PHP94 million higher than her net worth of PHP3...

By Macon Araneta Government authorities should waste no time in implementing the law and arresting foreign nationals, including Chinese, who entered the country through illegal means, Sen. Francis Pangilinan said. After legal deportation proceedings, the Senator said, undesirable aliens should be immediately deported to their country of origin. "Since it has been established by testimonial evidence that tens of thousands of these Chinese nationals entered the country...

By Macon Araneta “Pope Francis  sent a donation to the  36 families of  missing Filipino crew of the cargo ship that capsized off Japan last month, among them 39 Filipinos,” according to Vatican News. The Pope’s aid with a small personal gift will be delivered personally to the families of the missing and the two survivors to "show his closeness and solidarity," the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development said in a statement. “This contribution is ...

By Daniel Llanto The creation of the Department of Disaster Resilience (DDR) and Department of Overseas Filipino Workers (DOFW) at one go drew flak from Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon and Sen. Panfilo Lacson who find the twin measures earlier certified as urgent by President Duterte costly and irrational. Drilon and Lacson said there is just no money to set up the two new full-Cabinet departments even as the move runs counter to the administration’s avowed burea...

By Daniel Llanto Despite allegations of human rights violations and mishandling the coronavirus pandemic, President Duterte was nonetheless labeled as “the world’s most popular leader” by the Gulf News, the most influential English broadsheet in the United Arab Emirates and Persian Gulf countries. . The article was played up in the October 27 issue of Gulf News, citing Duterte’s supposedly ever rising popularity and how a number of Filipinos continue to support their Pr...

By Philip S. Chua, MD. Marketing claims are out there advertising drinking alkaline water made with a water ionizer device boosts the immune person and therefore useful for the prevention of COVID-19. This assertion is false, without any scientific basis, and a disservice to the people around the world, making them careless and reckless, and more susceptible to be victims for this pandemic. While wearing a good facemask properly (covering both nose and mouth, fitting snugl...

Protestors wore masks representing eight foreign autocrats including: Putin (Russia), Erdogan (Turkey), Duterte (Philippines), Kim (North Korea), Orban (Hungary), bin Salman (Saudi Arabia), bin Zayed (UAE) and Bolsonaro (Brazil). Each autocrat figure held a puppet of Donald Trump, representing autocrats being able to manipulate Trump for their benefit. Maurese Oteyza-Owens of Movement for a Free Philippines (MFP) told the rally: “Duterte campaigned on a promise to kill hun...

By Ben Lou Q: The IRS took my tax refund without notice.  Is that legal? A:  Taxes are one of those things included in our daily lives.  There are sales taxes, property taxes and other taxes but most of all we all have to pay our dues to the government. As I have mentioned before, the government develops infrastructures for the citizens of its country to have benefits based on what they believe is needed.  They create and develop programs that help the needy in hard ...

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