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Mr. President, do you want 90,000 free face shields?
by Jarius Bondoc - October 23, 2020 - 12:00am
President Duterte, please take hold of 90,000 free face shields. The vital anti-COVID protections lie unused at the Manila piers. You’d know best, Sir, where to distribute them.
Phl to procure Chinese tilapia, as Beijing restricts food imports
by Jarius Bondoc - October 21, 2020 - 12:00am
A powerful lobby is wangling a government permit to import tilapia from China at a time of local supply glut.
Hunger, anxiety, confusion over new SSS pension rule
by Jarius Bondoc - October 19, 2020 - 12:00am
Mike, a Filipino friend in his mid-'70s, emailed Oct. 16 about being locked down in London by pandemic.
Who gets COVID vaccine first? No politics please
by Jarius Bondoc - October 16, 2020 - 12:00am
Science, not politics, must guide COVID-19 vaccination planning.
Pork barrel of one congressman equals 22 M schoolers’ lessons
by Jarius Bondoc - October 14, 2020 - 12:00am
How much is one congressional district’s pork barrel? Almost the same cost to print 22 million schoolchildren’s weekly lessons for a year. Or to feed 18 million poor families for a day or two. Or to vaccinate...
Will special session solve the flaws in 2021 budget?
by Jarius Bondoc - October 12, 2020 - 12:00am
Unconstitutional as it was, the railroaded approval Tuesday by majority congressmen of the 2021 national budget suited the Executive.
Budgets of 38 agencies: ‘Aprub without thinking’
by Jarius Bondoc - October 9, 2020 - 12:00am
Without benefit of open debate, majority congressmen have passed the 2021 budgets of 38 state agencies. It was on say-so of a kingpin “desperately clinging to power.” They just blindly obeyed. “Aprub...
Dating, sex, breakup: all virtual since isolated
by Jarius Bondoc - October 7, 2020 - 12:00am
Courtship in the Cordilleras up to the 1940s included a sort of trial marriage. Researchers described the olog, a communal hut where tribe lasses slept after home chores. Swains stayed in another dorm, the atô....
COVID People's Guidelines / Ted Failon back on radio-TV
by Jarius Bondoc - October 5, 2020 - 12:00am
"COVID-19 People's Guidelines" helps inform, educate and motivate Filipinos on disease prevention.
Manila fake white beach defied laws, science, history, heritage
by Jarius Bondoc - October 2, 2020 - 12:00am
As expected, backwash is eroding the fake white sand beach along Manila Bay.
Duterte wants ‘corruption cut,’ but appointees look half-hearted
by Jarius Bondoc - September 30, 2020 - 12:00am
President Duterte says he has a “radical” solution to corruption. It supposedly needs congressional enactment.
It's not about me, Mr. President, it's about our countrymen'
by Jarius Bondoc - September 28, 2020 - 12:00am
Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario pleaded Friday, Sep. 25, to President Rody Duterte:
End of China appeasement? Watch Duterte actions – experts
by Jarius Bondoc - September 25, 2020 - 12:00am
Rody Duterte’s newfound toughness against China’s sea incursions drew varied reactions.
China state units creeping into Phl armed forces bases
by Jarius Bondoc - September 23, 2020 - 12:00am
China state units are creeping into Philippine armed forces bases, after grabbing territorial and exclusive waters. High Filipino officials are abetting it.
Worst is over, says spokesman; but Duterte extends calamity state
by Jarius Bondoc - September 21, 2020 - 12:00am
The worst of the coronavirus pandemic is over, Malacañang said Wednesday. Amid fears of 57 percent of Filipinos of worse times ahead, presidential spokesman Harry Roque said to "live with COVID-19" but with...
Doctors vs generals vs lawyers = confusion
by Jarius Bondoc - September 18, 2020 - 12:00am
Doctors should be the ones consulted on health and medical issues. They studied years for it.
Every idled child today to lose P750,000 tomorrow
by Jarius Bondoc - September 16, 2020 - 12:00am
$15,000 or P750,000. That’s how much future income every child will lose from seven months’ school closure, the World Bank computes.
'Why is 5,000 units of our money worth only 1 of yours?'
by Jarius Bondoc - September 14, 2020 - 12:00am
That question has nagged Mallence Bart Williams of Sierra Leone since youth.
Plant mangroves, not cancerous fake sand
by Jarius Bondoc - September 11, 2020 - 12:00am
Plant mangroves on the entire 190-kilometer coastline of Manila Bay.
These are what Sangley airport works will dislocate
by Jarius Bondoc - September 9, 2020 - 12:00am
Evicting Sangley naval base in Cavite for a commercial airport will dislocate military facilities, operations and personnel. Planners of a Sangley Point International Airport (SPIA) had omitted that.
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