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COVID-19 is a wake-up call

CHAFF FROM THE GRAIN By HECTOR RONALD ROMERO VILLANUEVA “Sorrow and silence are strong, and patient endurance is Godlike.” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Hector R. R. Villanueva Beautiful Italy is a large contiguous landmass of only a 60-million population. It has unfortunately been struck by a tragedy brought about by …

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How businesses can survive COVID-19

#MINDANAO By JOHN TRIA John Tria In the last column I wrote about the need for stimulus and food availability to help ease the concerns and boost the economy as it faces the threat of the COVID 19 pandemic. As news reports and commentaries show just how the disruption has …

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Please stay home and follow the President’s orders

BATANG MAYNILA By MAYOR ISKO MORENO Mayor Isko Moreno I join the ranks of law enforcers and barangay officers who are now up to their necks in exasperation and desperation at how hard-headed, or bullheaded even, some Filipinos can really, really be. It’s just so frustrating. In the wake of …

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Curbing COVID-19

IF SYMPTOMS PERSIST By DR. JOSE PUJALTE JR. “But what does it mean, the plague? It’s life, that’s all” — Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian writer, in La Peste(The Plague), 1947 Dr. Jose Pujalte Jr. Watching “Conion” a 2011 Steven Soderbergh movie was eerily prescient. The fictional virus was somewhat like …

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The ‘iskolar ng bayan’ responds to coronavirus pandemic

HOTSPOT By TONYO CRUZ Tonyo Cruz True, President Duterte ordered schools closed, but there’s a flurry of activity in our many public colleges and universities nationwide. There’s no stopping the people’s scholars from offering their knowledge, expertise, and time to the “bayan” whose name they carry in the monicker “iskolar …

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Koko Pimentel should pay for what he did

THINKING PINOY By RJ NIETO RJ Nieto Despite the meteoric rise in the number of hospitalized Filipinos, we are still in the early days of the COVID-19 epidemic. However, it appears that this early in the game, our supplies are already running out. Over the past several days, I have …

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We share in hope for  2021 Olympics

It was perhaps inevitable that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics would be postponed, considering all that is happening around the world today, with governments shutting down borders along with public meeting places and limiting the movement of people because of the coronavirus, COVID-19., The Olympics were to be held this July, …

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Epidemic of fear is worse

CHANGING WORLD By DR. BERNARDO VILLEGAS Dr. Bernardo M. Villegas Like all others who are not doctors or microbiologists, I am always at the mercy of the next Viber or Facebook message about how the COVID-19 is starting to spread in communities in the Metro Manila area and elsewhere. The …

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Lockdown is time to pray

VOICE FROM THE SOUTH By FR. EMETERIO BARCELON, SJ Fr. Emeterio Barcelon, SJ Lockdown has a hidden blessing. It is an opportunity for silence and prayer. Prayer according to St. John Damascene is to lift the heart and mind to God. Are we doing all the talking? Are we just …

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