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...
Christmas gift vax now a Lent offering
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - February 21, 2021 - 12:00am
In November last year, seeing President Duterte and his generals unable to present a clear vaccination battle plan, we said that his promised Christmas gift of COVID-19 vaccines was likely to be delayed and end up...
SC cuts Bongbong fishing expedition
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - February 18, 2021 - 12:00am
The Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, dismissed in a unanimous decision Tuesday the five-year-old election protest of ex-senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos against Vice President...
What does Duterte really want from the US?
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - February 16, 2021 - 12:00am
What exactly does President Duterte want from Washington, aside from the “guided rockets” and 20 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for him to withdraw his notice terminating the Phl-US Visiting Forces...
Duterte to US: If you want VFA, pay for it
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - February 14, 2021 - 12:00am
President Duterte has gone commercial in justifying his threat to terminate the 21-year-old Phl-US Visiting Forces Agreement.
VFA talks highlight Philippines’s security value
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - February 11, 2021 - 12:00am
Talks are set to open this month for refining the Philippine-US Visiting Forces Agreement, which was ratified in 1999 to lay down rules governing the temporary stay and activities of their military personnel in each...
How ready is COVID vaccination program?
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - February 9, 2021 - 12:00am
Are we ready to roll out this month the most massive vaccination ever to be attempted on these islands to stop the rampage of the COVID-19 coronavirus that has infected more than 537,500 and killed at least 11,180...
The worst is over, but proceed with caution
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - February 7, 2021 - 12:00am
This is the last of two columns on pandemic policy trends as discussed by former president Gloria M. Arroyo in a webinar on Jan. 29 sponsored by the Center for Strategy, Enterprise and Intelligence with Microsoft...
COVID-19 can delay, but not stop China’s rise
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - February 4, 2021 - 12:00am
Bill Gates said in his blog GatesNotes: “There is good news coming in 2021. There are two main reasons to be hopeful.
Straining to catch hints of a recovery
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - February 2, 2021 - 12:00am
We have been straining to catch any hint of a leveling off, leading to a modest recovery within one year, resulting from action plans launched by the administration to prevent the nation’s sliding into a deeper...
Duterte’s butt shot: Unpresidential joke
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - January 28, 2021 - 12:00am
As far as presidential jokes go (from where we sit it looks like and sounds like a joke), that one saying that President Duterte wants his COVID-19 vaccine shot in the buttocks is not only unpresidential but also...
Variants to overtake vaccination rollout?
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - January 26, 2021 - 12:00am
While our politicians are debating the prices of COVID-19 vaccines and generals are plotting strategy against the coronavirus onslaught, more infectious variants of the original virus have popped up to complicate...
P641-B loans tapped vs COVID-19 scourge
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - January 24, 2021 - 12:00am
Every life saved from the rampaging coronavirus counts.
Docs know COVID-19 better than pols do
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - January 21, 2021 - 12:00am
When debating which vaccine(s) to deploy against the COVID-19 pandemic that has claimed more than 2,060,000 lives – 9,980 of them in the Philippines – we should listen more to doctors and public health...
China vaccine: How costly as a solution?
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - January 19, 2021 - 12:00am
The report yesterday that the Philippines is getting “all vaccines that China can spare” left an impression that the administration is bent on delivering Filipinos to the Chinese vaccine-makers, and there...
The worst sales rep for Chinese vaccines
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - January 17, 2021 - 12:00am
It has been noticed that the more President Duterte shows a preference for Chinese COVID-19 vaccines, the stiffer public resistance becomes to being inoculated with those drugs. It’s an interesting marketing...
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