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Overquarantined

Overquarantined

  DATE of birth: May 20, 2020. As it appears on the personal information data of a return­ing OFW. Red Cross Chairman Sena­tor Dick Gordon was dumb­founded. A day-old overseas worker? Next, he noted some unreadable – perhaps unpro­nounceable? – “hyphenated names” written in an illeg­ible hand. As for the “lack of forms” being invoked […]

Surviving

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Surviving

  IN their exotic ways, economists contemplate the world economy going south. In the mundane world where you and I live without data going through our heads except how much is coming in and how much more is going out – is it called inflation? – there’s nothing to plan except brace for the worst. […]

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The next wave

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The next wave

  . . . ISN’T about the crest and trough, rise and fall of COVID-19 infections. The next wave – the next big thing – will be the mass movement of unhappy Metro Manilans leaving the congested city to return to their hometowns to begin afresh. It happened so suddenly on Wednesday, the first batch […]

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Silver linings

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Silver linings

  MONDAY at the mall was a bit of an improvement over the weekend, if to improve is to reduce the number of shoppers. We are all kids at heart – wild young things asking to be punished, restrained, stopped from doing what we shouldn’t be doing. Eager to break out of our cages and […]

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Who’s your barber?

  CONNOISSEURS, drinkers, drunkards, alcoholics and future members of AA are now free to buy their poison and imbibe in the comfort of home. But barbers and hairstylists are not allowed to open their barbershops and salons. The new normal is a no-brainer. Where does the President get his haircut? What special pass entitles his […]

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Save a lifesaver

  MYSTERIOUSLY, three doctors in Russia fell to their deaths from a window. “Not part of a sinister plot,” said a colleague, suggesting it was likely a case of extreme exhaustion or depression. (Russia is second to America in the coronavirus toll.) In New York City, a pretty 40-year-old emergency-room doctor committed suicide by “injuring […]

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