The Dengvaxia controversy: Aquino’s testimony does not answer all questions

We commend former President Benigno Aquino 3rd for honoring the Senate’s invitation to attend the Blue Ribbon inqury into the Dengvaxia controversy. He did not invoke privileges in order to avoid questions. To the contrary, he answered all questions posed to him patiently. He knew the facts at hand when his government had to make […]

The post The Dengvaxia controversy: Aquino’s testimony does not answer all questions appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

Read more

Coal & renewable energy – striking a balance

In Paris, France, last week, 80 of the world’s top economists called for an end to the development of coal, oil, and gas energy in order to avoid the ravages of global warming. They issued a statement in advance of the One Planet Summit which opened in Paris yesterday, with 100 countries represented and more than 50 heads of state attending.

Read more

Jerusalem, a problem with ancient roots

UNITED States President Donald Trump announced last December 6 that the US embassy in Israel would move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump affirmed US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Jerusalem is also claimed by the Muslim Palestinians, who lived in the land before Israel came after World War II. They too hope to make Jerusalem their capital once the Palestinian State is established and recognized.

Read more

Dengvaxia fiasco fodder for anti-vaccine movement

The controversy generated by the now discredited dengue vaccine program of the previous administration, followed by the recent recall of the vaccine itself, threatens to have consequences far beyond Philippine shores. This monumental mistake by the Aquino-era Health Secretary Janette Garin is likely to further embolden the global anti-vaccine movement, the growth of which – […]

The post Dengvaxia fiasco fodder for anti-vaccine movement appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

Read more

Correct the retirement age of the uniformed services

LT. GEN. Rey Leonardo Guerrero assumed office as chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) last October 26, replacing retired Gen. Eduardo Año. Last December 6, the Commission on Appointments (CA) confirmed his appointment to the top position in the AFP, even if he was due to retire on December 17, on his 56th birth anniversary.

Read more

An ill-conceived gov’t program

THE World Health Organization (WHO) is now investigating the case of the anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia in the wake of findings that of 730,000 Filipino school children injected with the vaccine in 2016, “adverse effects” were reported in 997, 30 of which needed hospitalization, and four have died. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the Philippines has ordered a stop to the purchase of the vaccine and suspended the Department of Health’s anti-dengue inoculation program.

Read more

Poverty remains a big problem

IN a survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) last September 23-27, 47 percent of the respondents said they consider their families poor. It was three points higher than the 44 percent in the previous survey in June. The 47 percent who deemed their families poor in September were described by SWS as 10.9 million families – 800,000 more families than in June.

Read more