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Monthly Archives: December 2021

Presidential candidate Sen. Panfilo "Ping" Lacson said the Google PH plan to ban on its platform political advertising in the May 2022 elections will help prevent online trolls from misleading the public. The internet tech giant said  it would stop accepting political ads in the Philippines during the campaign season for the 2022 elections. It plans to ban political advertising on its platform from February 8 to May 9, 2022. Lacson, who is running  under Partido Reporma, sa...

Her supposed popularity with the electorate based on surveys paid for by her father’s administration may have been nothing more than smoke and mirrors after all. The decision of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio to run for vice-president was seen by political analysts as a sure thing as she was expected to win the race easily. Not so, based on the latest survey from the Social Weather Stations (SWS) which presented three scenarios including one where the President’s daug...

The dream of former senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, Jr. to become president of the Philippines like his father hit another roadblock last week after two more petitions were filed before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) seeking to cancel his Certificate of Candidacy (COC). This brings to seven the number of petitions that would disqualify the 64-year-old son and namesake of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. The Comelec received two more petitions opposing the can...

The government approved the drilling of natural gas in Recto Bank area of the West Philippine Sea (WPS), which is expected to forcefully assert the sovereign rights of the country over the area that China claims part of its so-called nine-dash-line territory. Granted an October 16, 2022, timeline to start drilling the Sampaguita gas find in the Recto Bank concession was Forum Energy Ltd., put up by PXP Energy Corp. and Metro Pacific Investments Corp. for the purpose. The ...

Despite the threat of the new coronavirus strain Omicron, local airlines continue to ramp up their operations to address travel demand from returning overseas Filipinos during the Christmas season. In an advisory, Philippine Airlines said it will continue servicing its 33 international routes which include the United States, London, Canada, South Korea, Singapore and Malaysia, among others. The airline will also be flying in 41 domestic routes out of key gateways including ...

MILPITAS – Milpitas Care Center celebrated on December 2 its staff members who could have taken off to be with their love ones during the pandemic last year but didn’t. More than 25 of them chose to stay, risking their lives, caring for COVID positive residents sometimes working 20-hour shifts. Some of them got sick. Including president and CEO Helen Macatangay. They could have stopped working. They could have moved to the safety and security of a bigger facility. But t...

ON DECEMBER 15, 1791, the U.S. Congress ratified the Second Amendment, which states: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” It is part of the 10 amendments that constitute the Bill of Rights. For almost two centuries, the Second Amendment was unquestionably the right that Americans were willing to die defending it.  It was the sacred cornerstone of American patrioti...

In his Manila Times column headlined, “Strategic thinking: Why BBM-Sara are dominating this early, and the others still await a sign from God,” my cousin Yen Makabenta, virtually guaranteed a victory for the tandem whom the tricycle drivers in our neighborhood refer to as Mga Anak ng Tatay Nila. Additionally, they refer to Marcos Jr. as Anak Ng Ina Niya. These descriptions translate into very endearing terms in any language. To be referred to as the “son of his father” ...

The spirit of Christmas must go on despite the pandemic! Christmas is the time for people to rejoice, have fun, bond together, reunite, and enjoy each other’s company. So, despite the pandemic, the spirit of Christmas must go on anywhere, everywhere…regardless of the corona virus! Many believe the Christmas season started when the “ber” months came. So, I started the season on my birthday, right? On Sept. 1, my birthday and the start of the “ber” month, my wife Delia pu...

It does not take an Einstein to understand that clean air, pure water, and unpolluted environment are conducive to health and longevity. In certain parts of the world, like in the serene Okinawa to the verdant valleys of Ecuador to the unspoiled hills of the Himalayas, a significant number of people normally live to a hundred. A common denominator among these centenarians is an environmentthat is nature’s best, untainted by the toxic byproducts of the advances in technology i...

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