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Vaccine diplomacy

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Vaccine diplomacy

  BY ROBERT B. ROQUE, JR.     If everything goes well – and that’s a very big IF – Filipinos will get the first crack at the world’s first coronavirus vaccines in the international market. There are three leading the way, and the first of them is Sputnik V, a COVID-19 vaccine-candidate developed by […]

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Other view of August 21

  BY ROBERT B. ROQUE, JR.     Last August 21 was a holiday, commemorating what most of us Filipinos remember as one of the darkest days in modern political history – the assassina­tion of former Sen. Benigno S. Aquino, Jr. or “Ninoy” at the old Manila International Airport 37 years ago. Ninoy’s blood on […]

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2 faces of Bulacan PNP

  BY ROBERT B. ROQUE, JR.     “Gahd, I hate drugs!” could well enough be Rodrigo Du­terte’s most vaunted quote. It comes in second only to the mantra-of-a-President that has possessed some of his most loyal cops, “I will kill you!” Very sadly so, it is by the twisted juxtaposi­tion of these two presiden­tial […]

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Moral-less PhilHealth

  BY ROBERT ROQUE     What the world did not know was that PhilHealth so improved our health services that we have about 5,000 130-year-old citizens on record. And Japan thought they had the oldest living person at 117 years old! Galing ng PhilHealth! Honestly, I didn’t expect this to come up in last Tuesday’s […]

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Lower power rates

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Lower power rates

  BY ROBERT B. ROQUE, JR.     If there is one good thing the pandemic brought to Filipinos, believe it or not, it helped lower current electricity rates. You see, the most significant component of a consumer’s monthly electricity bill comes from generation charges. Mer­alco was quick to the draw to invoke force majeure […]

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PhilHealth’s state of health

  BY ROBERT B. ROQUE, JR.   *   Officials of the Philippine Health Insurance Corpora­tion (PhilHealth) face another series of legislative inquiries on fresh corruption allega­tions against its officials — for the nth time. PhilHealth officers may have gotten used to attend­ing congressional probes for various charges over the years. Some of them have […]

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