As dreadful and daunting as the virus

March 05, 2020
“Hopes that the epidemic that started in China late last year would be over in months, and that economic activity would quickly return to normal, have been shattered,” Reuters reported last week. “World shares were on course for their largest weekly fall since the 2008 financial crisis, bringing the global wipeout to $5 trillion as supply chains were disrupted, travel plans postponed and major events canceled.”

Can Pinoy films ever win a top Oscar? (2)

February 20, 2020
"I really, really, really want to thank our Korean film audience, our moviegoers, who have been really supporting our movies and never hesitated to give us straightforward opinion on what they like in the movies," she said. "That made us really never to be complacent and to keep pushing – the directors, the creators – to keep pushing the envelope."

Hurting Taiwan & rejoicing for Korea

February 12, 2020
For 92 years, ever since the Academy Awards started in 1929, the premier film award-giving body aimed at “advancing the arts and sciences of motion pictures” has been seen as “obsessed with English-language films made by white people” until the movie Parasite – shot in South Korea and without any international cast members – came along.

Some good and bad news on nCoV

February 05, 2020
As of Feb. 5, the number of confirmed nCoV cases in China where it originated, including two dozen countries where it spread, has reached 24,553 – an increase of almost 4,000 cases from the previous day. And the latest death toll, based on data provided by China’s National Health Commission, stands at 492.

A world united in grief over Kobe Bryant

January 29, 2020
In the US, grief was all over in Los Angeles where people looked up to Kobe as their hero for devoting all his 20 years as a professional player for the Lakers. “They cried in bars and churches, on street corners and golf courses and basketball courts. Restaurants closed Sunday night to honor his memory, and people placed basketballs outside their front doors, like flags at half staff,” the Los Angeles Times reported.

Taiwan can help in global climate efforts

November 27, 2019
It often happens that the typhoon hitting northern Luzon, particularly in Batanes, would be the same one devastating Taiwan. So close is Batanes to Taiwan’s southernmost tip that it’s like “one community, one typhoon.” Having a shared destiny – being ravaged by deadly typhoons – Filipinos need to support the Taiwanese people who want meaningful participation of their country in UN efforts to combat climate change.

Leni as drug czar: confusing and doubtful?

November 14, 2019
Is the new role given her “a trap set up to make her fail and look incompetent should she accept it, or unwilling and unable to help if she doesn’t?” Was giving her a new role a spur-of-the-moment decision of President Duterte? Is making VP Leni a drug czar an acknowledgement that the war on drugs has failed miserably? Can she really exercise all the powers a drug czar ought to have?

‘Tamang hinala’ can be so wrong

November 07, 2019
Were wrong assumptions behind the expletive tweeted by Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. to a reporter recently? And were wrong assumptions also used by those weighing in on whether or not Vice President Leni Robredo is right to accept the post of drug czar?

More quakes to shake us more into action

October 31, 2019
The images of suffering in Davao, Cotabato and other regions in Mindanao hit by successive earthquakes that killed or injured many people, and damaged houses, buildings, roads and other structures, certainly highlight the need to be on a constant state of readiness.

Repairing a broken PNP

October 24, 2019
His words could come to mind as one seeks to find lasting solutions to the persistent problem of scalawags in the Philippine National Police with its current image probably at an all-time low, especially with the abrupt departure of Oscar Albayalde from its top post amid his alleged links to “ninja cops” whose notoriety keeps cropping up.