by Alex Magno - September 19, 2020 - 12:00am
It seems privatizing the controversy-ridden PhilHealth hangs in President Duterte’s mind.
by Alex Magno - September 17, 2020 - 12:00am
Twice over the last few days, the Department of Health reported very sharp spikes in deaths attributed to COVID-19. In another setting, this could have sparked great alarm among our citizens.
by Alex Magno - September 15, 2020 - 12:00am
Yesterday, one of our correspondents wrote a sketchy report about the Department of Health claiming we now have the highest testing capacity in Asia. My deadline for this piece prevents me from getting more details...
by Alex Magno - September 12, 2020 - 12:00am
The pandemic will have lingering social and economic effects long after it dissipates, much like the virus leaves symptoms on infected persons long after they have recovered.
by Alex Magno - September 10, 2020 - 12:00am
It is too early to celebrate.
by Alex Magno - September 8, 2020 - 12:00am
The curve has flattened. This is the good news reported by the UP-based Octa group, a band of experts that has been closely monitoring the pandemic locally.
by Alex Magno - September 5, 2020 - 12:00am
The Philippine Statistics Authority puts the August inflation rate at 2.4 percent. That is certainly within target range and that is certainly benign.
by Alex Magno - September 3, 2020 - 12:00am
Everyday, it seems, all we get is bad economic news.
by Alex Magno - September 1, 2020 - 12:00am
The news was not prominently played up. But I thought it was alarming.
by Alex Magno - August 29, 2020 - 12:00am
PhilHealth, it turns out, is a sick organization not only figuratively but also literally.
by Alex Magno - August 27, 2020 - 12:00am
Vice President Leni Robredo delivered a rather strange “address” the other day where she warned against declining confidence in the present leadership.
by Alex Magno - August 25, 2020 - 12:00am
Bayanihan II is as good as passed although not everyone appears to be happy with it.
by Alex Magno - August 22, 2020 - 12:00am
It is a shuddering thought: Could we have overdone this business of across-the-board lockdowns?
by Alex Magno - August 20, 2020 - 12:00am
At Malabon City, the testing program for COVID-19 was cut down to half. This is a direct consequence of the failure of PhilHealth to meet its P700-million obligation to the Philippine Red Cross, the humanitarian...
by Alex Magno - August 18, 2020 - 12:00am
With Mega Manila restored to MECQ status since the start of August, it is nearly certain we will continue to see the contraction of our economy.
by Alex Magno - August 15, 2020 - 12:00am
Congress legislated the Universal Health Care Law as well as the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.
by Alex Magno - August 13, 2020 - 12:00am
The road to Hell, as the saying goes, is paved with good intentions.
by Alex Magno - August 11, 2020 - 12:00am
Quarantine is purgatory.
by Alex Magno - August 8, 2020 - 12:00am
The economy is now officially in recession. That is not news. All of us expected that.
by Alex Magno - August 6, 2020 - 12:00am
Last Tuesday, the Department of Health added 6,352 new cases to the country’s tally. That follows a week when new daily cases hovered around 5,000.
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