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Monthly Archives: January 2021

By Beting Laygo Dolor, Contributing Editor In a statement to media, EastWest admitted  one of its female branch officers was missing and that funds were missing but the amount involved was “negligible.”  The Bank also said the incident was “isolated” but system-wide safeguards were added to guarantee that the incident is not repeated in other branches. The Bank added it was conducting its own internal investigation separate from the probe being conducted by the Bangk...

By Corina Oliquino MANILA -- In an interview with Dobol B sa News TV on January 16, the Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) Philippine Council for Health Research and Development Executive Director Jaime Montoya said the World Health Organization (WHO) will compensate participants of COVID-19 Solidarity Trial should they experience adverse reactions. Montoya said the WHO will be using COVID-19 vaccines which have already gone through phase 1 and 2 clinical tri...

By William Casis Sen. Imee Marcos on January 17 called on the government to ensure that Covid-19 vaccines are halal or permissible to millions of Muslim Filipinos, so that vaccines do not go to waste and more people can be immunized. “Being mindful of religious and cultural beliefs will prevent losses in government spending and encourage vaccination,” Marcos said, citing that 47 percent of Filipinos surveyed by Pulse Asia were reluctant to take the vaccine. “Consult ...

By Macon Araneta If the Senate hearings did not fully scrutinize China’s Sinovac vaccine, Sen. Panfilo Lacson on January 18 said there  could likely be “an overprice of the overpriced.” “And assuming that the original price PHP3,629 or $38 for two doses of the vaccines or PHP1,814 equivalent to $19 per vaccination as against the $5 Thailand was charged, easily the price difference of 25 million doses would fetch US$350 million or PHP16.8 billion,” said Lacson. Lacson...

By Daniel Llanto Malacañang welcomed the reported plan of newly inaugurated US President Joe Biden to legalize at least 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States, saying that the plan will benefit many Filipinos there. Biden will propose a law to legalize the group's stay in the US, Presidential spokesman Harry Roque noted. “At siyempre po, may mga Pilipinong mabibenepisyo sa batas na iyan,” he told reporters in an online briefing.  Roque also said the Phili...

By Daniel Llanto  International lawyers for Rappler CEO Maria Ressa condemned a tenth arrest warrant arrest from a third cyber libel against her.      Amal Clooney and Caoilfhionn Gallagher, who both lead the international legal team for Ressa, slammed the Philippine government campaign against Ressa and Rappler’s “independent reporting.”  “Here we go again. This now the tenth arrest warrant issued against Ressa, and the third libel prosecution for a public interest ...

By Daniel Llanto About one out of four Metro Manila residents became unwilling to receive the coronavirus vaccines, including the US-based Pfizer, when it was reported that 23 senior citizens in Norway died after taking Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.  This was brought to light by a recent non-commissioned survey by OCTA Research.  Health Undersec. Maria Rosario Vergeire said the emergency-use authorization issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to Pfizer...

By Perry Diaz As I am writing this column, President Donald Trump has only two days left in his presidency.  Then he will go into retirement.  It must be hard for him to accept that he would be a one-term president being defeated by President-elect Joe Biden by a stunning eight million votes!  Yet he claims that he was cheated.  He claims that he won the election with millions more votes.  And to the very end he believes that Biden committed election fraud.  He filed more ...

By Greg B. Macabenta  It all started with an acorn falling on the head of Chicken Little. Alarmed, Chicken Little raced into town telling everyone along the way that something had fallen on him from the sky. As the news was passed on from person to person, the version became more and more alarming: “The sky is falling!!!” Soon, everyone believed that the world was coming to an end. While this children’s fable is harmless and amusing, it reveals a harsh reality: How g...

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