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Monthly Archives: March 2021

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon  warned the Department of Health (DOH) from barring several companies in procuring vaccines for their employees. He said it is patently “illegal and unauthorized” and can expose them to legal liabilities. Drilon was reacting to  reports that the DOH  submitted to the President a draft administrative order that will ban several private companies from procuring their own COVID-19 vaccines. “I am deeply disturbed by t...

Data from the US National Nurses United (NNU) reveals a total of 83 Filipino nurses were among the more than 3,200 health workers who succumbed to COVID-19 in the United States. In a report by ABS-CBN News, the NNU said it documented the deaths using its own internal reports, media reports, social media, obituaries, union memorials, and federal and state reporting. “As of February 11,  we find that at least 329 registered nurses and 3,233 health care workers, including ...

To mark the Fifth Sunday of Lent or official start of Holy Week, Catholic Church leaders separately delivered a homily calling for the replacement of President Duterte in the 2022 national elections for being a “bully President” and for fumbling the coronavirus crisis. Archdiocese of Manila apostolic administrator Broderick Pabillo said the national elections set for May 2022 give Filipinos the opportunity to “let go of the old and get hold of the new.” Novaliches Bisho...

The political pot has started to boil for the 2022 national elections and the names of boxing champ Sen. Emmanuel Pacquiao, Senate President Vicente Sotto III, Sen. Panfilo Lacson and San Miguel Corp. (SMC) President and CEO Ramon Ang were added to the list of possible aspirants for the highest post. Sotto said he and Lacson are being pushed by party-mates in Nationalist People’s Coalition NPC) to run in tandem in the 2022 national elections. The proposed ticket could be S...

Sen. Joel Villanueva welcomed the easing of restrictions on returning Filipinos from foreign countries after authorities rescinded a guideline earlier this week disrupting plans of those eager to come home. Villanueva lamented the ordeal of Filipino passengers who received notices from their airlines about a cap imposed on arrivals in Manila.  The restriction on returning overseas Filipinos “who are not OFWs” issued on March 16 has since been rescinded by the ...

Sen. Francis Pangilinan said while the world is battling Covid-19, China took advantage of the situation in its military expansion in the West Philippine Sea (WPS). He cited the 220 Chinese militia boats in Julian Felipe Reef (Union Reef) in WPS and asked, did China deliberately let lose a “geopolitical weapon” in the form of donated vaccine? He noted this was not the first time Chinese warships were seen in the area. "We are behind the government in as...

The U.S. House of Representatives passed two immigration bills on March 18, signaling that Congress might finally enact major immigration reform for the first time in over three decades. These bills—the Dream and Promise Act and the Farm Workforce Modernization Act—both offer pathways to U.S. citizenship for many immigrants with longstanding ties to the United States. Who Benefits from the Dream and Promise Act? If the legislation also passes in the Senate, it will p...

This is a tough question and… in fact, it is easier said than done! However, if we talk about it and focus on the problem, we may come up with a solution to stop it or mitigate it… at least! Current 3-term Milpitas Mayor Rich Tran, an Asian American and a young mayor at 35 said: “We can end hate crimes against Asian-Americans through education and awareness, peace and love.” He did not elaborate on this when I asked the question, but I can take it from where he left bec...

San Francisco, CA – March 20, 2021 – The GFN Channel proudly announces the release of three new shows premiering this March.  The three shows all premier online during the last week of this month, starting with Real Talk with Sabrina Wong on March 25th, Go Pinoy! Show! on March 27th, and Kabayan Seattle on March 29th.   These will stream on The GFN Channel’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/GFNChannel . Arnold Pedrigal, Founder and Executive Producer of The Global...

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