China played smart, we played dumb

September 20, 2019
BEFORE moving on, birthday greetings are in order, first of all, to my beautiful and very supportive editor, ‘Mommy’ Tess Lardizabal, without whom my other tasks as an officer of the National Press Club and presently, as a returning student plus my other “sidelines,” would have been impossible to attend to. May God continue to shower you with blessings! Muwah!

Climate strike: The Filipino youth rises

September 19, 2019
When schoolchildren from around the world – from the edge of the Arctic Circle to the South Pacific – made their voices heard on a historic Friday last March 15 in one of the largest global efforts to demand more action on climate change, it seemed nothing much was heard from students of the Philippines.

Allow more buses in Commonwealth

September 19, 2019
QUEZON City Rep. Precious Hipolito Castelo has called on the Land Transportation Franchise Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to issue provisional authority for new buses that will serve Commonwealth to ease the plight of stranded commuters.

PNP launches final push vs

September 19, 2019
ON orders of Philippine National Police chief, General Oscar D. Albayalde, all police forces nationwide are stepping-up their campaign against New People’s Army insurgents, going all-out to capture their wanted leaders and other partisans while embarking on a massive drive to convince majority of them to finally surrender and leave their mountain hideouts in order to live a normal life.

Will “AI” work at BuCor?

September 19, 2019
AS you were reading this piece, dear readers, yours truly, plus other veteran journos, are off for a 10-day visit to mainland China, which, incidentally, is to celebrate the 70 years of its founding as a “people’s democracy” after a brutal civil war that lasted for nearly 22 years, with the collapse in 1927 of the anti-Japanese alliance between the Kuomintang and the Communist Party of China.

Beware of online seller ‘Feel at Home’ –– paging DTI

September 18, 2019
In the FB advertisement and even in the box of the item that was delivered, the pan was bigger and made of different material. It was also advertised that the order comes with accessories that would convert the pan into a steamer where one can also cook boiled eggs, with matching cover. The steam function was what particularly made my nephew interested since he is fond of dimsum foods.

All anti-drug operations are ‘high-risk’ missions—PNP, PDEA

September 18, 2019
CITING the death of 50 Philippine National Police personnel and 19 agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in gun battles with armed and defiant drug traffickers across the country from July 2016 to date, the PNP and PDEA leaderships have cited anew the need for their agents to be fully-protected each time they go on ‘high-risk’ missions to arrest drug trafficking and abuse in the land despite criticisms from some quarters.

DILG, PNP should look into LGUs’ road clearing claims

September 17, 2019
LESS than two weeks before DILG Secretary Ed Año’s deadline for all Local Government Units to clear all road obstructions in their areas officially expire, it’s a welcome note that the Agency is not taking ‘hook, line and sinker’ claims being made by some LGUs that they are now fully compliant with President Duterte’s order.

HIV-infected OFWs

September 17, 2019
PROJECTIONS that the number of HIV-positive overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) is likely to surpass the 7,000 mark this year provide a major challenge for concerned government authorities.