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‘New normal’

MEDIUM RARE By JULLIE Y. DAZA Jullie Y. Daza Abnormal is not normal, so in deference to the abnormality of the times – “epochal change and challenges,” quoting Pope Francis –the term is “the new normal.” What does the new normal mean to most of us, anyway? To a 55-year-old …

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COVID-19 – an alternative narrative

THE LEGAL FRONT By JUSTICE ART D. BRION (RET.) Justice Art D. Brion (Ret.) COVID-19 reports – whether local or foreign – have so far been largely gloomy: continuously increasing incidence of infection and deaths, with no definite end in sight; and forecasts of coming economic miseries resulting from the …

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The poor and the middle class

GOVERNANCE MATTERS By FORMER VICE PRESIDENT JEJOMAR C. BINAY Jejomar C. Binay Former Vice President The government’s decision to extend cash assistance for poor families in Metro Manila is a timely and appropriate response to mitigate the impact of the extended lockdown. The attendant controversy – and widespread indignation at …

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The COVID-19 fight is now local; recovery is regional

#MINDANAO By JOHN TRIA John Tria The last two weeks was critical in determining what the next three weeks will be like. The national government already did what many governments in the world have done- impose quarantine guidelines and allocate unprecedented funds to help people and businesses ride out. Some …

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New studies, findings to help us fight virus

A new study published Friday by the Emerging Infectious Diseases, a journal of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has found that the coronavirus COVID-19 can travel up to 13 feet (four meters) in the air. The study was conducted by Chinese researchers who tested air samples and …

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Good and bad news in Manila amid COVID-19

BATANG MAYNILA By MAYOR ISKO MORENO Mayor Isko Moreno A mix of positive and negative developments has taken place inManila this past week. The good news is that no less than President Rodrigo Duterte, the leadership of the House of Representatives, and about 200 members of Congress, led by House …

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Banking sector response to COVID-19

SPEAKING OUT By IGNACIO R. BUNYE Ignacio R. Bunye Immediately following the announcement of a Luzon-wide lockdown, the banking sector saw a flurry of cash withdrawals. BPI President and CEO Bong Consing described the situation in consecutive interviews with ANC’s Michelle Krystle Ong and Cathy Yang, thus: “These are very …

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Wake up, Lord!

MEDIUM RARE By JULLIE Y. DAZA Jullie Y. Daza The most deafening, rhetorical question of the last century was, “Is God dead?” In the second decade of the 21st century, the question that only the reigning Pope dared to ask is a line from the Gospel of Mark, “Teacher, do …

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A virtual Holy Week, crisis leadership and a post-COVID-19 scenario

PAGBABAGO By DR. FLORANGEL ROSARIO BRAID Dr. Florangel Rosario Braid How did you celebrate the Holy Week during the COVID-19 era?, our great grandchildren may be eager to know. As everyone during that period soon realized, the lockdown period which initially lasted for a month, did transform everyone’s lifestyles, workstyles, …

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