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China crypto crackdown should alert PH of similar risk

By THE MANILA TIMES April 11, 2019 THE Chinese government’s tolerance of the cryptocurrency economy has been diminishing for some time, and now seems to have reached its end: On Monday, China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) revealed plans to ban cryptocurrency “mining,” probably within a month’s time. The …

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Radio Veritas: An Asian miracle

By THE MANILA TIMES April 10, 2019 THIS WEEK, the Catholic Church in the Philippines marks 50 years since the establishment of Radio Veritas, the pioneering radio station whose broadcasts are heard by millions of people throughout Asia. The beginnings of Radio Veritas can actually be traced to a synod …

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Sand pirates need swifter govt action than a probe

By THE MANILA TIMES April 09, 2019 LAST week, a dredging ship flying the flag of Sierra Leone but manned by a Chinese crew was “discovered” off coast of Batangas, busily stealing sand from the seabed. The presence of this foreign vessel caused a minor stir and revelations of other …

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Why speech pathology law, why still no budget?

By THE MANILA TIMES April 08, 2019 THE Congress, senators and representatives alike, should apologize to the nation for their execrable sense of priorities in rushing to approve a national speech pathology law, while at the same time failing to pass up to now the 2019 national budget. On March …

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Locsin’s salvo of tweets on Pag-asa sparks hope

By The Manila Times April 07, 2019 FOREIGN Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. may have had his share of bashers for his Trump-like use of Twitter, but he delivered the appropriate response to the now-confirmed massive Chinese presence near Pag-asa (Thitu) Island, the largest of the Kalayaan (Spratly) Islands under …

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Inflation slowdown also has a sad side story to tell

By THE MANILA TIMES April 06, 2019 FILIPINO consumers received some welcome news on Friday with the announcement by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) that price inflation had slowed to 3.3 percent as recorded in March, the fifth straight month of decline. So the government’s finance and economic officials were …

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Public money finances our public officials’ election

By The Manila Times April 05, 2019 President Rodrigo Duterte may have spoken the truest words yet in the current election campaign when he declared at a rally in Malabon that elected public officials are running for reelection on the strength of public money. It is public money that finances …

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El Niño can spawn strong, wild typhoons

By The Manila Times April 04, 2019 EDITORIAL AS the country struggles with soaring temperatures, water shortages and agricultural losses due to the ongoing El Niño climate phenomenon and the onset of summer, the typhoon season is likely very far from anyone’s thoughts. The current conditions, however, should remind us …

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Aggressive steps against TB a must

By The Manila Times April 03, 2019 TUBERCULOSIS (TB) was at one time in history a dreaded, virtually incurable disease. Modern medicine, however, has rendered TB a manageable illness, if not a completely preventable one, just as other once-feared afflictions like leprosy or malaria. With the resources and knowledge available …

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