COVID-19 has become an economic problem

Credit to Author: Tempo Desk| Date: Tue, 03 Mar 2020 16:30:16 +0000

  IT is not a pandemic, although the World Health Organization (WHO) has further raised its alert level, with cases reported in some 60 countries so far, out of 195 countries in the world. Secretary of Health Francisco Duque III, in an assessment of the world coronavirus situation, said WHO reported that nine countries, including […]

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Filling the void to be left by VFA

Credit to Author: Tempo Desk| Date: Mon, 02 Mar 2020 16:45:38 +0000

  WITH the impending abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) after the Philippine government informed the United States government that it is termi­nating it, the two nations have begun to prepare for the actual termination 180 days from the date of notification. The VFA is an agreement on the holding of annual exercises to […]

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Pope’s Lenten message: Share with those in need

Credit to Author: Tempo Desk| Date: Sat, 29 Feb 2020 16:30:50 +0000

  THE Christian world is now in the period of Lent, beginning last Ash Wednes­day and lasting 40 days, excluding Sundays, leading to Easter Sunday. Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness before he started his public ministry. Today’s Lent is a period of preparation for the events of Holy Week – Holy Thursday, Good […]

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Watch out for forest fires this summer

Credit to Author: Tempo Desk| Date: Fri, 28 Feb 2020 16:15:19 +0000

  FOR eight days in the middle of this month, forest fires raged in the pine forests of Kabayan, Benguet. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) reported extensive damage to the natural pine forests as well as to forest plantations that had been established under the Expanded National Greening Program. Destroyed in the […]

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One welcome repercussion from coronavirus epidemic

Credit to Author: Tempo Desk| Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2020 16:15:59 +0000

  OF the myriad repercussions from the still ongoing coronavirus epidemic, there is one positive effect for us in the Philippines. The outbreak may depress the world price of oil to as low as $57 per bar­rel – bad news for the oil-producing nations of the Middle East, but on the positive side for all […]

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Recurring energy crisis requires bold solutions

Credit to Author: The Manila Times| Date: Sat, 22 Feb 2020 17:07:20 +0000

The summer season has not yet arrived, but we already hear warnings of a likely power supply shortage in the coming months. The Independent Electricity Market Operator of the Philippines (IEMop) reported that people in Luzon and the Visayas may face a shortage of up to 1,200 megawatts (MW) in May and June. A few […]

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Filipino filmmakers need to elevate their game

Credit to Author: The Manila Times| Date: Sat, 15 Feb 2020 17:51:35 +0000

The success of the South Korean movie “Parasite” should be celebrated by all of Asia, but it should also put pressure on local filmmakers to do better. The gains of our South Korean neighbors make us feel that Philippine cinema is falling further behind the rest of Asia. “Parasite” made Oscars history recently when it […]

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Fear of coronavirus exposes flaws in decision-making

Credit to Author: The Manila Times| Date: Sat, 08 Feb 2020 18:17:01 +0000

Granted, extra caution is called for whenever new threats emerge. Safety measures were warranted when the 2019 novel coronavirus acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD) surfaced about a month ago and when it spread to more than 20 countries, including the Philippines. Those precautions should now be reviewed and adjusted accordingly to the situation at present. […]

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Enmity flares up at US State of the Union

Credit to Author: Tempo Desk| Date: Fri, 07 Feb 2020 16:15:49 +0000

  WHEN United States President Donald Trump came to deliver his State of the Union message before a joint session of the US Congress last Wednesday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi extended her hand in welcome, but the President ignored it, refusing to shake hands with her. That marked the start of the annual presidential address that […]

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