Anxiety over vaccine delays
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - February 28, 2021 - 12:00am
During the past week, I received a number of calls coming from many of our friends and other people in general, all anxious about when the vaccines will arrive in the Philippines.
Strengthening our faith
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - February 21, 2021 - 12:00am
To Christians all over the world, Ash Wednesday ushers in the Season of Lent, with the Holy Week observed to remember the death and resurrection of Christ.
MDT 70 years after: What does it mean today?
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - February 14, 2021 - 12:00am
On Aug. 30, 1951, the United States and the Philippines signed the Mutual Defense Treaty, the one and only – as well as the longest running – defense treaty that the Philippines has ever made with any...
Getting ready for the vaccine rollout
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - February 7, 2021 - 12:00am
Vaccine czar Secretary Charlie Galvez, whom I have been in touch with regularly over the past couple of months, told me our country will be ready to roll out 108 million vaccine doses from five pharmaceutical companies...
Biden administration: Prospects for Phl-US relations
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - January 31, 2021 - 12:00am
The other night, I was invited to the “2021 Prospects for the Philippines” online forum organized by the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines, where I spoke on the prospects for Philippines-United...
President Biden: The second Catholic US president
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - January 24, 2021 - 12:00am
On Jan. 20, 1961, John F. Kennedy made history when he became the first Catholic president of the United States a seemingly impossible feat because of the strong “anti-Catholic prejudice” in America at...
To live or not to live
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - January 17, 2021 - 12:00am
When English country doctor Edward Jenner inoculated the 8-year-old son of his gardener with cowpox in 1796, little did he know that his experiment would result in a great scientific milestone that would revolutionize...
America’s democracy tested
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - January 10, 2021 - 12:00am
The world was stunned to see the chaos and violence that erupted when supporters of President Donald Trump laid siege to the Capitol Building while the US Congress was holding a joint session to count the Electoral...
Turkish couple developed the brand name vaccine
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - January 3, 2021 - 12:00am
Until a few months ago, not very many people have ever heard of Ugur Sahin and Ozlem Tureci, the doctors responsible for the development of a vaccine codenamed “BNT162b2” or what the whole world has now...
Back on track
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - December 27, 2020 - 12:00am
With clear instructions from President Duterte that anything that has to do with vaccine procurement begins and ends on COVID task force chief General Carlito Galvez’s desk, we can now all be assured that we...
‘Let’s not cry over spilled milk’
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - December 20, 2020 - 12:00am
With recent controversies surrounding the Pfizer vaccine, I think it’s time for us to move on and “not cry over spilled milk.”
We see the light at the end of the tunnel
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - December 13, 2020 - 12:00am
The world’s first historic and fully tested approved COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer, administered by a Filipino nurse to a 90-year-old woman in the UK, made it to front page news everywhere – including...
‘If it quacks like a duck, walks like a duck, it must be a duck’
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - December 6, 2020 - 12:00am
For over five decades now, the Communist Party of the Philippines has been waging a rebellion with only one thing in mind: the violent overthrow of the government.
Bringing business and government
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - November 29, 2020 - 12:00am
There is no doubt business plays a significant role in a country’s economic development.
Filipino interest in the incoming Biden administration
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - November 22, 2020 - 12:00am
As expected, the whole world continues to watch the developments unfold with the followers of President Donald Trump questioning the results of the recent US presidential election and alleging widespread fraud, while...
Unity is the key
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - November 15, 2020 - 12:00am
Some Fil-Am community leaders privately told me that even if they were for the Republican candidate, they are happy that one of the upsides of the incoming new leadership is the renewed focus on climate change.
US elections: A clearly divided nation
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - November 8, 2020 - 12:00am
Never in the history of the United States has the division among Americans been more pronounced than during this November presidential election, the result of which may be determined by this weekend.
Preparing for a post-pandemic world
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - November 1, 2020 - 12:00am
As the world continues to grapple with the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are clear indications that the situation will be much better controlled as soon as the vaccines are out
A conversation with Georgetown University students
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - October 25, 2020 - 12:00am
Last Wednesday, I had a virtual conversation with students of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.
Vaccine: Getting close to the finish line
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - October 18, 2020 - 12:00am
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque’s statement that “the pandemic is about to end” when some vaccine makers expressed interest to conduct clinical trials in the Philippines may sound overly optimistic...
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