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Federico D. Pascual Jr.
Federico D. Pascual Jr.
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Herd immunity seen again ‘by Christmas’
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - June 22, 2021 - 12:00am
The COVID-19 vaccination situation may have started to look better, if not merrier, prodding the inoculation manager of the government to reiterate his prediction that herd immunity would be achieved by Christm...
What’s China doing out there in space?
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - June 20, 2021 - 12:00am
The name of the game is Competition, and China of late has been out there in space also competing. For what? Presumably for the same things that other world powers also compete.
Don’t renegotiate VFA in isolation
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - June 17, 2021 - 12:00am
President Duterte has said that awarding public projects to the highest bidder or to the contractor who submits the best-looking offer often breeds corruption and will not always mean securing the best terms for...
1Sambayan to lose in elections, unless…
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - June 15, 2021 - 12:00am
The grand announcement Saturday of the likely 1Sambayan opposition coalition candidates for president and vice president in the May elections next year hardly stirred interest, except for the reasons given by the...
Taking a closer look at Chinese vaccines
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - June 13, 2021 - 12:00am
We’re afforded “a closer look at China’s vaccines” in a report June 10 by Jonathan Wolfe of The New York Times’ briefings team on the COVID-19 pandemic, with inputs from his colleague...
Coming home made costlier, more challenging
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - June 10, 2021 - 12:00am
A Filipino abroad must have a compelling reason, extra money for COVID-19 quarantine expenses and, in the case of elderly balikbayans departing from Los Angeles, physical endurance to walk to the new boarding gate...
Flying back home? Here are guidelines
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - June 8, 2021 - 12:00am
We’ve been getting queries from Filipinos abroad, and a few foreigners, planning to fly to the Philippines with the reported improvement of the COVID-19 situation in many places, including Metro Manila.
Duterte dynasty sets sights on 2022 polls
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - June 6, 2021 - 12:00am
Like fentanyl and crystal meth, power and wealth are highly addictive.
Return of Clark train runs stoke nostalgia
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - June 3, 2021 - 12:00am
Waiting for no one, trains of various types from sleek Shinkansen bullets to light rail commuter cars transport people and goods in systems that have shaped life patterns and contributed to national progress.
My train to Tutuban running again soon!
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - June 1, 2021 - 12:00am
Pardon my being a bit excited over the reported return soon of the trains linking the grand old station in Tutuban and Clark Freeport in Pampanga.
$1M, house and lot sweeten vaccine jabs
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - May 30, 2021 - 12:00am
In Ohio, US of A, a COVID-19 vaccinee could have his serum sweetened with $1 million if chosen in a weekly lottery. Nearer home in Las Piñas City, residents stepping up for the jab could win a new house and...
63% of adult Pinoys prefer US vaccines
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - May 27, 2021 - 12:00am
While a representative survey sample of 1,200 adult Filipinos is split into three equal groups as to their willingness to be vaccinated against COVID-19, some 63 percent of those polled prefer US-made vaccines if...
FilAms are 3rd top US Asian migrants
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - May 25, 2021 - 12:00am
The latest US census counted 4,211,440 Filipino Americans in the United States, making them one of the three biggest immigrant sub-groups of the 23,241,740 Asian Americans who are making their positive presence felt...
New US law targets anti-Asian violence
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - May 23, 2021 - 12:00am
The COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act that President Joe Biden signed Thursday seeks to reassure members of the Asian-American community, including more than four million Filipinos in the United States, of stepped-up government...
Loose talk on WPS tightens China’s grip
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - May 20, 2021 - 12:00am
“Loose lips sink ships” was one of the catchy American slogans during the second World War admonishing servicemen and citizens against careless talk that could undermine the national interest in favor...
Can submarines stop incursions in WPS?
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - May 18, 2021 - 12:00am
If the navy’s surface ships are unable to stop Chinese encroachment in the West Philippine Sea, will adding three submarines to the naval force stop the rape of its natural resources and the building of military...
It’s not a joke if it has to be explained
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - May 16, 2021 - 12:00am
A supposed “joke” is not a joke if one has to explain five years later that the remark he had made in all seriousness was actually just a joke.
Election issues: Jabs, jobs, jokes, Jinping
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - May 13, 2021 - 12:00am
The election season that will peak on May 9 next year is already upon us, with the key issues revolving around four points: delayed COVID-19 jabs, dwindling jobs, unpresidential jokes and China’s undue influence...
Duterte spokesman of China in WPS tiff?
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - May 9, 2021 - 12:00am
China may not need a full-time ambassador in Manila to speak for it and look after the interests of its nationals on issues involving the West Philippine Sea.
Locsin cursing China impolite, but justified
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - May 6, 2021 - 12:00am
Foreign Secretary Teddy Locsin Jr. was not running out of paper for diplomatic protests, but must have been losing patience, when he hurled Monday a curse-laced message at China over its occupation and claim of sovereignty...
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