Duterte, Duque can try China’s vaccines
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - May 26, 2020 - 12:00am
Having allowed the use of Filipinos in testing China-made vaccines for the coronavirus disease, President Duterte and Health Secretary Francisco Duque themselves should lead the local volunteers for the clinical...
Mass testing options spark COVID debate
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - May 24, 2020 - 12:00am
Judging from the confusing public debate on the projected “mass (or massive) testing” to determine the extent of coronavirus disease infection, some points still need clarification.
Trump taking HCQ pills to block COVID
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - May 21, 2020 - 12:00am
We were watching President Trump on TV last Monday when he jolted us with a revelation that he has been taking hydroxychloroquine, a controversial drug that a New York doctor uses successfully to treat patients with...
Mass testing isn’t just about numbers
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - May 19, 2020 - 12:00am
How many random people must be checked for infection to achieve the “mass testing” being demanded by those growing impatient with the government’s laggard response to the spread of the coronavirus...
Is his crime libel, or baring state secrets?
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - May 17, 2020 - 12:00am
Today being a day of rest, and since we’re somewhat stressed like most cooped-up creatures, we beg to be allowed to take it easy just picking prickly items from social media.
Flawed COVID tests can mislead planners
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - May 14, 2020 - 12:00am
Three months and 13 days after the first local coronavirus death in February, it looks like the Philippines still does not have a fairly accurate measurement of the spread and severity of the public health emergency...
Selected MM areas to stay under ECQ?
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - May 12, 2020 - 12:00am
I dropped my plan to file a newsy column by waiting for President Duterte’s latest announcement, set yesterday, of what coronavirus quarantine measures will be adopted after May 15 in Metro Manila and other...
Phl buying attack choppers from US?
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - May 10, 2020 - 12:00am
The room is getting stuffy. Let’s change the topic from the controversial ABS-CBN closure and the COVID-19 scourge to the acquisition of more helicopters for the Philippine air force.
ABS-CBN franchise awaits Du30 signal
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - May 7, 2020 - 12:00am
The signal of President Duterte, whether red or green, is being awaited on the franchise renewal of broadcast giant ABS-CBN which switched off its radio and television programs on the night of May 5 after its 25-year...
Duterte frees OFWs from PhilHealth rule
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - May 5, 2020 - 12:00am
Intervention by President Duterte ended yesterday the debate over the raising of health insurance premiums of overseas Filipino workers under the Universal Health Care program. He ordered their outright exemption...
Tagle’s promotion belies Du30 chismis
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - May 3, 2020 - 12:00am
POPE Francis has elevated Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, former archbishop of Manila, to cardinal-bishop, making him one of the 11 highest-ranking princes of the Church. His promotion, announced by the Vatican on Friday,...
Is Duterte weighing martial law option?
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - April 30, 2020 - 12:00am
When Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law in 1972 to go around the constitutional ban on reelection after his six-year term, he cited as reason an alleged conspiracy of the communists on the left and the oligarchs...
Sending city migrants back to the provinces
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - April 28, 2020 - 12:00am
Halfway in his six-year term, President Duterte wants to attempt reversing the migration to the national capital of rural folk in search of a better life.
How PGH prepared for COVID-19 fight
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - April 26, 2020 - 12:00am
The network of public and private hospitals with limited resources fighting the coronavirus pandemic that had leaped from China to ravage the rest of the world, count on frontline medical and healthcare personnel...
‘Sonny’ Alvarez – Keeper of the flame
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - April 23, 2020 - 12:00am
Former Sen. Heherson “Sonny” Alvarez succumbed Monday at age 80 to the coronavirus disease.
Martial law coming? Duterte’s not dumb!
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - April 21, 2020 - 12:00am
Social media has been sizzling lately with wild talk that President Duterte is poised to declare martial law before the April 30 end of the Luzon lockdown to buttress measures to tame the rampaging coronavirus (COVID-19)...
Quick COVID death or slow starvation?
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - April 19, 2020 - 12:00am
With just 11 days till the supposed end of the Luzon lockdown on April 30, there is no clear indication yet where President Duterte is taking this nation of 106 million to save it from the coronavirus pandemic.
Watching how government decisions are made
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - April 16, 2020 - 12:00am
WE the people had a rare peek into how life-changing government decisions are made when Malacañang presented on television its Monday Night Live show hosted by no less than President Duterte.
‘Fear not – I’ve risen, and I’m with you still’
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - April 14, 2020 - 12:00am
We have heard the good news of the Resurrection countless times, but with mankind threatened by a viral pandemic on top of other grave challenges, our spirit is still lifted when we hear the proclamation of Jesus...
Lessons of the Cross in this era of corona
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - April 12, 2020 - 12:00am
Only Pope Francis presiding over the celebration of the Passion of the Lord on the evening of Good Friday in a near-empty St. Peter’s Basilica was able to venerate the Holy Cross with a kiss, in compliance...
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