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A fact-driven plan to reopen tourism and save lives

What our country and indeed many other countries are doing in regard to COVID-19 is the equivalent of amputating an arm because we found a pimple on our cheek. Dealing with COVID-19 is not a matter of trading lives for money. It is a matter of coming to our senses. …

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Is God really with us?

“Behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). “God is with us.” This has been a staple theme in many homilies during the pandemic. I have uttered these words more than a few times myself in wake Masses livestreamed from our seminary. But lately, …

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A victory for migrant workers

Thousands of Filipino migrant healthcare workers and their families in the UK no longer have to worry about where they’re going to find the money to pay the fee to access healthcare. The GBP 400 a year (P24,800) National Healthcare Service (NHS) surcharge has been at the centre of political …

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COVID-19 cases exceed 5 M; doubt raised over vaccines

With a single-day record increase of 106,000 last Wednesday, the world’s total reported COVID-19 infections have exceeded five million confirmed cases, with the death toll nearing 330,000. Earlier, World Health Organization emergencies program head Mike Ryan had remarked that reaching five million cases would be a “tragic milestone.” “We still …

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Raising the bar

Our health workers COVID-19 infection rate is one of the highest in the world. In our region, WHO-Western Pacific comprising 37 nations (including China), the average is two to three percent. The Philippines tops it at 17.2 percent as of May 21. Of our 13,434 recorded total infections, 2,315 were …

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Nora of Iriga

In honor of film and TV actress Nora Aunor’s birthday last May 21, I would like to print here an essay from my book, Ranga: Works from Bikol, published by the Ateneo de Naga University Press last year. Rightly so, many critics have pointed out that books and essays here …

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Navigating supply chain disruptions under COVID-19

The coronavirus has disrupted the world in an unprecedented manner. Mere months ago, the novel coronavirus, as it was then called, was indeed novel, and perceived by many to be a localized outbreak. “Whew,” was the collective sigh of relief for many international business owners as decisive lockdowns seemed to …

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Dining in

We don’t have a mañanita tradition in our family. During birthdays, our choices for family celebrations – if I’m in no mood to cook at home, that is – boil down to two: all-you-can-eat at the Viking buffet chain or at one of the hotels, or, being Tsinoy, pigging out …

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Not on the same wavelength

By the estimates of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging and Infectious Disease (IATF-MEID), some 42,000 more of our overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) coming back from various parts of the world are set to return to our country within the next few days. Whether they are sick, …

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Biased and unfair to ABS-CBN

There is no doubt that all persons are entitled to their own opinions particularly those who write articles in the op-ed sections of newspapers. This is a right guaranteed by our Constitution as part of the freedom of expression. But side by side with the exercise of this right is …

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