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Yearly Archives: 2021

China is just waiting for the Philippine Navy boat BRP Sierra Madre to break apart before it takes over Ayungin Shoal, a forward operating post of the Armed Forces of Philippines to guard the West Philippine Sea, retired general Edilberto Adan said.  Adan is now board trustee of the Philippine Council for Foreign Relations (PCFR).  During a roundtable interview, Adan said China will continue to block efforts by the Philippines to maintain its military outpost in the Ayu...

Critics of the Anti-Terrorism Law won what they consider only a small victory after the Supreme Court (SC) ruled last week that portions of the controversial law were illegal, and therefore null and void. Opponents to the controversial law petitioned the SC to consider scrapping the entire law because it carried such provisions as allowing warrantless arrest. Sen. Panfilo Lacson, one of the principal sponsors of the law, said he would “respect (and) graciously accept” t...

It was intended as a show of force but ended up as a major irritant to hundreds of thousands of commuters and motorists who were either stranded or stuck in traffic for hours. The motorcade for Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Sara Duterte was held last week at Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City, one of the busiest thoroughfares in Metro Manila. While the Philippine National Police (PNP) estimated that only 6,000 vehicles – mostly cars and motorcycles – took part, the organizer...

MANILA -- Moody’s Investors Services’ report said the “penetration of mobile wallets in the Philippines has surpassed that of bank accounts, adding that the number of debit cards per 1,000 adults decreased 22 percent since 2015.”  The report also noted that financial technology (fintech) companies continue to threaten local banks sluggish in developing digital services.   “Slow development of digital services by Philippine banks weakens their growth prospects,” Moody’s ...

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte committed to ensure a peaceful and credible May 2022 national and local elections at the United States’ Summit for Democracy convened by US President Joe Biden  last December 10, “My administration will ensure an honest, peaceful, credible, and free elections in May. It will be my highest honor to turn over the reins of power to my successor knowing that in the exercise of my mandate I did my best to serve the Filipino nation,” Duterte s...

President Rodrigo Duterte on December 14 dropped his certificate of candidacy (COC) for senator in the 2022 polls, said Commission on Elections spokesperson James Jimenez. On the same day, Duterte's long-time aide Sen. Bong Go also formalized  his withdrawal  from the presidential race in the upcoming 2022 polls. Both Duterte and Go filed their candidacies under the Pederalismo ng Dugong Dakilang Samahan (PDDS). In filing his COC for senator, the President substitute...

Entering the second holiday season of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are all eager to reconnect with family and friends and return to treasured holiday traditions. Some simple steps can keep family and friends healthy through their fall and winter celebrations. As generations gather to celebrate, the best way to avoid spreading COVID-19, including to grandparents, young children, and others who may be vulnerable, is to make sure everyone who is eligible gets vaccinated against ...

Sildenafil Citrate, popularly known as Viagra, was originally developed to treat angina because it dilates arteries. However, the beneficial effect for angina was not impressive and researchers discovered that the side-effect of Viagra (penile erection) instead was more effective for male erectile dysfunction. My very first article on Viagra on June 18, 1998, after the US-FDA approved Sildenafil Citrate on March 27, 1998, was about the “giant blue” miracle pill from Pfizer...

According to DOS, nearly 49,000 individuals were issued immigrant visas between August 4, 2019 and September 30, 2021, and have not yet sought admission. Of the individuals issued immigrant visas between August 4, 2019, and May 31, 2021, over 11,000 did not seek admission before their immigrant visas expired. Additionally, according to the Department’s database query, at least 244 individuals were refused admission into the United States at a port of entry between August 4, 2...

By Val G. Abelgas “So young, yet so corrupt.” Thus said Mayor Arsenio Lacson of the then 23-year-old Councilor Ernesto Maceda as he was fighting graft and corruption in Manila where the “Arsenic” was mayor from 1952 to 1962. That admonition was never proven, of course, and Maceda went on to become senator for many years and closed his political career as Senate President. The remark would most certainly also fit an institution like the Philippine Health Insurance Cor...

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