Federico D. Pascual Jr.
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Duterte’s absence raises speculations
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - April 11, 2021 - 12:00am
Absence did not make the heart grow fonder in the case of President Duterte, whose whereabouts remained a mystery for almost a week while Chinese interlopers continued to harass Filipinos in their own maritime areas...
Duterte needs wider counsel on WPS tiff
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - April 8, 2021 - 12:00am
President Duterte should come out of his Davao redoubt and seek wider consultation on the escalating dispute over military outposts built by China in the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone, a situation that...
Let COVID rage till close to 2022 polls?
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - April 6, 2021 - 12:00am
There is this theory going around, and gaining currency among many onlookers bracing for the unseen virus hitting them, that President Duterte is in no hurry to tame the raging COVID-19 pandemic before the 2022 election...
Wash people’s feet, not kiss the ground
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - April 1, 2021 - 12:00am
Maundy Thursday today commemorates the Last Supper, where Christ laid out the template for the Eucharist as he gave the order (maundy comes from the Latin word for “command”) to the disciples to “Love...
Virtually anointing the sick under ECQ+
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - March 30, 2021 - 12:00am
How do we comfort those who are terminally ill or weakened by advanced age but are stuck at home or confined in a hospice and in addition to medical attention want to receive the sacrament of the anointing of the...
China eyes another ‘cabbage capture’?
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - March 28, 2021 - 12:00am
Expansionist moves of China in the region’s common sea, most of which it claims on the basis of dubious historical rights, are wrapped in stealth and duplicity when Beijing needs to explain them.
Church, Palace clash on Holy Week rules
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - March 25, 2021 - 12:00am
A clash over COVID-19 restrictions for Holy Week is shaping up between Malacañang and the bishop of the Archdiocese of Manila over a tightened government ban on mass gatherings in the national capital and...
Du30 order awaited on Sino militia ships
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - March 23, 2021 - 12:00am
How will President Duterte, a good friend of China President Xi Jinping, handle the dilemma between accepting Xi’s donation of COVID-19 vaccines and asking for the withdrawal of the offensive swarm of Chinese...
1Sambayan’s best recruiter is Duterte
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - March 21, 2021 - 12:00am
A tortuous trail awaits 1Sambayan, the oppositionist coalition that took its first step Thursday on a journey seeking to rally the masses to vote out in May 2022 the Duterte forces holding sway in the governmen...
Herd immunity not likely under Duterte
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - March 18, 2021 - 12:00am
With the hit-and-miss (mostly miss) manner President Duterte has been pursuing his COVID-19 mass inoculation program hobbled by the slow procurement of vaccines it looks doubtful if herd immunity would be achieved...
Jeep fare was P.10; gas at just P.25/liter
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - March 16, 2021 - 12:00am
Just when we were complaining about high prices (and rising COVID-19 cases), Romy Macalintal the election lawyer came up yesterday on our Viber page reminiscing on the days when jeepney fare was only 10 centavos...
Daily COVID deaths soar from 34 to 87
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - March 14, 2021 - 12:00am
Saturday was flashing red when the coronavirus fueling the COVID-19 pandemic was reported to have infected 5,000 more Filipinos yesterday (vs a daily average of 1,676) and killed 87 (vs a daily average of 34), one...
Killing spree adding misery to pandemic
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - March 11, 2021 - 12:00am
Unleashing state forces on a killing spree to stifle legitimate dissent only adds to the suffering of people already reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic.
‘Sunday Bloodbath’ rouses Calabarzon
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - March 9, 2021 - 12:00am
First, we saw these posts on Twitter: Lian Buan @lianbuan March 7, 2021 A bloody Sunday we must never forget. Police count 9 deaths, but groups can only identify 5. The horror of verifying who else died, dreading...
US, Phl, China cast in a ménage à trois?
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - March 7, 2021 - 12:00am
President Duterte said Sunday that the United States wants to have military bases again in the Philippines and that, in fact, it has already stockpiled war materiel in depots all over the country.
Duterte visibly tired, needs long vacation
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - March 4, 2021 - 12:00am
After watching the RTVM video showing President Duterte fielding questions in a presscon at the arrival Sunday of Chinese vaccines for COVID-19, we are compelled to suggest that he consider taking a vacation to at...
Chasing coronavirus with China vaccines
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - March 2, 2021 - 12:00am
The mass vaccination of some 80 million Filipinos finally rolled off yesterday with health workers armed with 600,000 doses of Chinese vaccines fanning out initially in Metro Manila to start inoculating persons on...
Sorry, I had myself vaccinated ahead
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - February 28, 2021 - 12:00am
Finding it too stressful waiting for the long-promised COVID-19 vaccines, surviving one day at a time while watching the grim reaper take, so far, more than 2.5 million humans on the planet, 12,250 of them Filipinos,...
Politics, age creeping into vaccine policies
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - February 25, 2021 - 12:00am
If the COVID-19 mass vaccination extravaganza of the Duterte administration was a movie, it would get a mixed review for its offers of consuelo to both sides of the aisle in the darkened cinema.
Duterte, top officials can now try Sinovac
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - February 23, 2021 - 12:00am
The Food and Drug Administration granted yesterday, just before the targeted start of the mass vaccination rollout, an emergency use authorization for the coronavirus vaccine developed by the Chinese pharmaceutical...
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