Libre: Freedom

Freedom is a cause worth fighting for. People sacrifice their lives in the name of freedom. It is important for those who enjoy the freedom won from rulers and aggressors to mark the event with meaningful activities. On June 12, 2021, the Philippines observes the 123rd anniversary when Emilio Aguinaldo raised the flag of the […]

NBI files complaint in Wirecard scam

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) have filed  a criminal complaint against four people and other unknown suspects allegedly involved in the collapse of German payment company Wirecard AG last year.  Government prosecutors will conduct a preliminary investigation on the case, for falsification and violations of the General Banking Act, Electronic Commerce Act and […]

DPWH, CCP, Navy found violating rules on release of wastewater into Manila Bay

THE DEPARTMENT of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), via its Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) unit, has issued cease and desist orders to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and the Philippine Navy for releasing wastewater into Manila Bay. According to documents provided by DENR Undersecretary […]

Wenceslao: Patriotism

I could just imagine why Ferdinand Magellan, the Portuguese leader of a Spanish expedition, was killed in Mactan 500 years ago. Hubris seems to be the likely reason. When Magellan chose to get embroiled in what some historians say was a local conflict, he must have pricked the natives’ nascent patriotism. One can’t just set […]

Editorial: Where the buoys are

What should buoy Philippine sovereignty, and what should sink it? Over two hundred kilometers off the Isabela coast in Luzon towards the Pacific Ocean is the 13-million-hectare Philippines Rise (imagine it bigger than the island of Luzon), erstwhile called Benham Rise before President Rodrigo Duterte’s Executive Order 25, which declared it a protected food supply […]

Editorial: Abundance of diplomacy

Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago “Chito” Sta. Romana says that although we must exercise a “high degree of vigilance, a high degree of monitoring” over the persistent presence of around 200 Chinese maritime militia vessels, as the Philippine Coast Guard reported, at the Julian Felipe Reef in the West Philippine Sea, the matter should […]

There’s little evidence that ivermectin can treat or prevent coronavirus, experts say

By Patricia B. Mirasol THERE IS “low quality of evidence” that ivermectin can be used to prevent or treat coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), according to recommendations from the University of the Philippines Manila’s Institute of Clinical Epidemiology, the Philippine Society for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (PSMID), and the Department of Science and Technology’s Philippine Council […]

Duterte cites efforts to break glass ceiling on Int’l Women’s Day

PHILIPPINE President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Monday said his government had created an environment where women’s rights are respected. The tough-talking leader, who once said the presidency was not a job for a woman, added that the government has recognized women’s contributions to society. Governments, international organizations and women’s movements have “worked together and made […]

Couturier Ben Farrales, 89

ESTEEMED fashion designer Benjamin S. Farrales, died on March 6. He was 89. Otherwise known as Mang Ben to friends and high society clients, Mr. Farrales was hailed as the “Dean of Philippine fashion.” Born in Cotabato in 1932, the multicultural milieu in that region would set the tone for his designs. The intricate local […]

Filipinos in US warned vs attacks

The Philippine Embassy in the US has warned Filipinos there to remain cautious after recent attacks against Asian Americans. “Filipinos are advised to exercise utmost caution in view of these incidents,” it said in an advisory. It said it appreciates the swift action taken by US authorities to apprehend the perpetrators. “However, we call on […]