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By Frank Bruni | New York Times News Service On his first full day in office, our new president harangued the National Park Service about more flattering inauguration photos and preened in front of a memorial to real American heroes, crowing about how often he’s been on the cover of...
By Dr. Rene E. Ofreneo The national debate over the mechanics of how to implement the proposed additional P2,000 in the monthly pension received by the elderly members of the Social Security System (SSS) tends to ignore other glaring facts about the state of destitution affecting majority of the nation’s...
Michelle Yemba, who is 6 years old, often tells strangers about the time two years ago that she met the president of the United States. The conversation started during a surprise visit by President Barack Obama to her Head Start program in Lawrence, Kansas. Obama told Michelle that he knew...
2016 has brought a bumper crop of wins, from Pia Wurztbach taking the Miss Universe Crown, Kylie Versoza being crowned as Miss International, Hidilyn Diaz taking home a silver medal from Rio Olympics, and Manny Pacquaio winning the WBO welter weight belt, among others. Adding to this harvest of wins...
AT the same time, Trump’s suggestion he might reduce Washington’s global strategic presence to focus on domestic issues would be a gift to Chinese leaders. They could expand their political and military profile in East Asia with less risk of conflict. The incoming Trump administration faces the task of maintaining...
NEW YORK—Tens of thousands of people marched in streets across the United States on Saturday, staging the fourth day of protests of Donald Trump’s surprise victory as president. The protests—held in big cities such as Los Angeles, New York and Chicago, as well as smaller ones, such as Worcester, Massachusetts,...
HE found himself seated inside an office of a Pakistani bank, bored by an accounting job that paid him really well. It didn’t matter to then 25-year-old Safdar Hayat that his profession was highly sought after, and that it could lead him and his future family to a better life....
By Kelvin Chan | The Associated Press HONG KONG—Corporate China’s global shopping binge barreled on this week with more multibillion-dollar deals, but Beijing is starting to discover that there are limits to what its money can buy. In this September 21, 2016, file photo, workers set up computers at the...
Human-rights violations anywhere in the world get ample coverage in the local print and electronic media. However, the region that gets little or scant coverage despite serious human-rights violations is the Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK). Some newspapers in the Philippines avoid covering events in Kashmir as a matter of policy,...
By Todd Pitman | The Associated Press MANILA, Philippines—The bodies terrified Betchie Salvador, because she always knew her husband could be next. They had begun turning up in cities all over the Philippines ever since President Rodrigo Duterte launched a controversial war on drugs this year—so many that one local newspaper...
By Julie Pace | The Associated Press WASHINGTON—Donald Trump keeps peddling the notion the vote may be rigged. It’s not clear if he does not understand the potential damage of his words—or he simply does not care. Trump’s claim—made without evidence—undercuts the essence of American democracy, the idea that US elections...
By Julie Pace | The Associated Press SYRACUSE, New York—Why now? And why this? For the legion of Republicans who abandoned Donald Trump on Saturday, recoiling in horror from comments their party’s White House nominee made about using his fame to prey on women, there is no escaping those questions. For...
A selection of issues at stake in the presidential election and their impact on Americans and the world Executive authority “Your Majesty” isn’t in the American political lexicon. But when a president sets a major policy by edict, skirting Congress, it sets off a debate that traces back to the time...
By Edith M. Lederer | The Associated Press UNITED NATIONS—UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he’s disappointed by many world leaders who care more about retaining power than improving the lives of their people—and can’t understand why Syria is being held hostage to “the destiny” of one man, President Bashar al-Assad. Nearing...
By Michael Schuman The New York Times HANGZHOU, China—In Dream Town, a collection of boxy office buildings on the gritty edge of this historic city, one tiny company is developing a portable 3-D printer. Another takes orders for traditional Chinese massages by smartphone. They are just two of the 710 startups...
By Roger Pe MILLENNIALS today may not recall Philippine National Bank’s (PNB) “Para kang nakasandal sa pader ” ad campaign, but it was a blockbuster of a slogan during its time. The copywriter did a great job in crafting a catchphrase—street-smart, colloquial and brilliant. How else would you respond to...
By David Crary | The Associated Press NEW YORK—The relentless series of mass killings across the globe poses a challenge for experts trying to analyze them without lapsing into faulty generalizations. Terms like contagion and copycat killing apply in some cases, not in others, they say, and in certain instances...
By Roger Pe FROM a little girl who peddled rice cakes in the streets, Erlinda Alli-Ganapin rose from her lowly beginning and survived many odds, some of them miraculously. How she beat them makes an interesting story. Ganapin is a self-made woman, toughened by challenging experiences, molded by beautiful values, and time...
By Jocelyn Noveck | The Associated Press WHEN she was about 14, Hillary Clinton says, she wrote to Nasa volunteering for astronaut training. Nasa’s reply was simple and definitive: No girls. “It was the first time I had hit an obstacle I couldn’t overcome with hard work and determination, and I was...
By Roger Pe PASSIONATE about emotional storytelling with cinematic visuals, two young German filmmakers, Daniel Titz and Dorian Lebherzl, created a story of two brothers journeying back to their younger days. In the Scottish highlands, the setting of the ad, the two seamlessly integrated Johnnie Walker and put a twist...
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