Tsinoy Beats and Bytes

PH sorely unprepared for COVID-19 crisis

On March 12, with bated breath, people waited for an expected announcement of a lockdown for Metro Manila. It came shortly after dinnertime, leaving more questions and anxieties than assurances. Since Jan. 30, when news of the first confirmed COVID-19 patient in the Philippines broke, Filipinos have been waiting for President Duterte to take matters …

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History repeats itself; corruption reaches new highs

The COVID-19 scare seems to be dying down. We pray that the virus is on its way to permanent hibernation, and South Korea will overcome the contagion spread by church people. Taal Volcano has quieted down. Evacuees have returned home, except for those who live on Volcano Island. The question now is whether the government …

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Share our blessings, discard bad fengshui

The earth shook violently. The wind howled, blowing away anything in its path. Rain inundated the land, washing away what had withstood the wind. Calamities wrought by earthquakes and storms continue to hit the Philippines mercilessly. Mindanao residents have not yet recovered from the devastation arising from the series of earthquakes (averaging 6.5 in magnitude) …

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Rising from the ashes of the ‘Century of Humiliation’

China was brought to its knees by the imperial powers more than a century ago. But slowly, it has restored and restructured social order, reconstructed and rebuilt infrastructure, reinvigorated and redirected the national spirit to achieve swift and unprecedented growth and development. Thus, China has great reasons to celebrate, and it did. On Oct. 1, …

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Aksyon agad: balota, Bilibid at baboy

Why the silence and inaction? The Commission on Elections on Sept. 9 released the report on the recount and revision of votes in three pilot provinces where losing 2016 vice-presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. alleged massive cheating had taken place. After the recount, Vice President Leni Robredo increased her winning margin by nearly …

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