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The state of COVID

Because of the uncertainty of the times (and possibly because a lot of people remain cooped up in their homes), more people can be expected to watch President Duterte’s fifth State of the Nation Address today. Let’s hope the penultimate SONA does not turn out to be yet another one …

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Anti-COVID bills, vaccine budget

Definitely, the 18th Congress will face and confront the continuing rise and impact of the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. National survival is at stake as we await with guarded optimism the early results of the global race to develop the vaccine against the COVID-19 contagion. Administration allies or not, …

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Our hospitals need help

Today marks the 5th SONA of El Presidente Duterte. Dios magauban kanimo. You will need all the protection today both physically and spiritually because our countrymen is no longer happy. We continue to suffer. And the sad part is that government has not made it any better. Let’s see if …

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We are the solution

Several of my friends have proudly posted on Facebook how their wife, son or daughter gave them a haircut using electric clippers and scissors. Many Mother-Daughter teams have solved their beauty parlor needs by giving each other manicures, pedicures and some even daring to do styling and coloring. A number …

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Mabini in the Rosales Saga

This July 23, we celebrated the 156th birth anniversary of Apolinario Mabini, one of the greatest of our heroes. But there is no public monument of this great man in Manila and I have suggested that the Mabuhay monument at the end of Espana be altered as a monument to …

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What makes a good leader?

Solomonic, an adjective to describe those who act with prudence especially in trying situations, can be applied to King Solomon only in the beginning of his reign. Early in his “career,” when God told him to ask for anything, Solomon prayed “not for a long life… nor for riches, nor …

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Sharing Enrile’s view of ABS-CBN puzzle

Today is the day before the much-awaited State of the Nation Address of President Duterte at the opening joint session of the 19th Congress meant mostly to assure his countrymen looking forward to the more comfortable life that he had promised them. While awaiting the President’s announcement in his SONA …

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The August 2020 priority dates

Each month, the Visa Office of the State Department publishes, in the Visa Bulletin, the priority dates for that particular month, for the various family and employment based categories. A priority date is a person’s “place in line” for a visa, meaning immigrant visas (or green cards) would be available …

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Deteriorating US-China relations: How did it come to this?

In a number of webinars and online forums I have been attending that tackle US-China relations, the general American sentiment on China’s unfair trade practices against the US, its increasing belligerence and its aggressive actions in the Asia-Pacific region have been fueling the negative ill feelings, and now even downright …

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The CBCP vs Duterte

In my opinion there cannot be an understanding of the CBCP’s attacks against President Duterte unless we go back to the role the Spanish friars during Spain’s colonization of the Philippines for 300 years. Spain used specifically Roman Catholic friars to administer and govern the distant colony. “Since the colonial …

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