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The people’s assembly

The people’s assembly

  BY FORMER SENATE PRESIDENT MANNY VILLAR     I was a member of the House of Representatives for nine years, from 1992 to 2001. I was always been a proud member of the lower chamber especially during the 11th Congress which I had the honor of leading as speaker from July 27, 1998 to […]

Double Down on Protocols, Not Lockdown

  BY FORMER SENATE PRESIDENT MANNY VILLAR     It has been almost seven months since government imposed a lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was March 15 when a general community quarantine (GCQ) was first implemented. Since then we have experienced ECQ (enhanced community quarantine), MECQ (modified enhanced community quarantine) and MGCQ (modified […]

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The Balangiga Incident

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The Balangiga Incident

  BY FORMER SENATE PRESIDENT MANNY VILLAR     I have always considered myself as someone with a keen interest in history, specifically Philippine History. I certainly do not consider myself as an expert or a scholar but I do consider it as a duty. It might sound trite but I believe it is the […]

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Learning

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Learning

  BY MANNY VILLAR   Another casualty to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic is our formal education system.  The month of June every year is usually the time when millions of Filipino students troop back to their schools and learn. But because the COVID-19 disease prevents any possibility of face-to-face learning, the Department of Education (DepEd) […]

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Career shifts

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Career shifts

  BY FORMER SENATE PRESIDENT MANNY VILLAR     One of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown is the disruption in terms of employment. A July 2020 National Mobile Phone Survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) revealed some depressing numbers as adult unemployment reached 45.5%, a 28-point increase from their December 2019 […]

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Planning for the vaccine

  BY FORMER SENATE PRESIDENT MANNY VILLAR     The World Health Organization (WHO) issued a sobering assessment last week on the development of a vaccine against COVID-19. WHO officials said that “it did not expect widespread immunization against the novel coronavirus until mid 2021”. The statement came after a series of positive news from […]

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