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Relief amid the pandemic

Relief amid the pandemic

  AS we eagerly prepare for the “new normal” post-quarantine world characterized by fear and un­certainty, we also realize that there are certainties that equally frighten us. One of them is the fear of hav­ing to face suspended payments of utility bills that have accumulated during the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ). Electricity bills were among […]

Righteous or wrongful arrests?

  THE issue on the arrests of three netizens, who issued threats (jokingly or not) against the Presi­dent Duterte’s life, has turned viral on social media, but not close enough to rival the rapid spread of COVID-19. Still, to this day, it continues to draw mixed reactions and elicit debates in online communities, questioning if […]

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Pandemic’s mental health risks

  THE COVID-19 pandemic poses risks to the mental health of a person, particularly the almost never-ending wor­ries that everyone encounters during the lockdown: Fear for safety, the lack of money, food, and other necessities of modern-day life. Everyone goes through the anger and frustration due to the uncertainty that the future holds. Only one […]

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Taiwan’s freedom of speech lecture

  IT’S a shame that the Philip­pines, celebrated as Asia’s “First Democracy,” received a lecture about freedom of speech from a tiny island-state like Taiwan. The issue: Labor Attaché Fi­del Macauyag of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Taichung pressed for the de­portation of Filipino caregiver Elanel Ordidor for expressing her disappointment at the […]

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Protests vs China

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Protests vs China

  SURPRISING as it may appear, Malacañang supports the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in filing two diplomatic protests against “best friend” China. The protest is for China’s pointing of a radar gun at a Philippine Navy ship and its declaration of Philippine territories as part of Hainan province. But to many Filipinos, the protests […]

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Victims of fate

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Victims of fate

  MANY people, belonging to the poorest of the poor, have yet to receive cash assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) as of this writing. There are talks on whether or not the DSWD should include the middle class. A friend of mine who identifies himself with the working class has […]

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