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In a radio interview on February 13, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar said that the R2 billion worth of aid promised by the President to residents of Surigao City was intended for workers who will lose their jobs when the government’s mining closure orders take effect in the region.

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Beautiful food

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JEREME Leung, a star among Asia’s most famous chefs, was “painting” 20 white plates with tiny green, purple, and blue leaves, half a slice of a red tomato, a minuscule pair of candied kumquat in a translucent gold-orange, three drops of kumquat sauce, a cone of crispy bean curd jutting out of a cylinder containing black and white sesame seeds, and goodness what other dainty ingredients he was poised to add to the composition.

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MILF, MNLF, Abu Sayyaf, and peace in Mindanao

ARMED Forces of the Philippines (AFP) troops have stepped up their drive against the Abu Sayyaf in Sulu. They have killed 17 of the outlaws, including two relatives of Abu Sayyaf leader Radullan Sahiron, while 18 soldiers have been wounded, the AFP said this last weekend.

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Obviously, the apparent decline of American power will have enormous repercussions in global politics. When the “policeman of the world” suddenly diminishes in authority there would be shifts in international relations.

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UNITED States President Donald Trump, addressing a joint session of the US Congress last Tuesday, called for a trillion-dollar program to rebuild what he described as America’s “crumbling infrastructure.” He said he will ask Congress to approve legislation that will produce $1 trillion – in both public and private capital – to rebuild the country’s roads, bridges, airports, and other public infrastructures.

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While still more people gathered in the crowd, Jesus said to them, “This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it, except the sign of Jonah. Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be to this generation. At the judgment the queen of the south will rise with the men of this generation and she will condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and there is something greater than Solomon here. At the judgment the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation and condemn it, because at the preaching of Jonah they repented, and there is something greater than Jonah here.”

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