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Thursday, July 27, 2017
The latest report on the topic from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) paints a dismal picture on global obesity. Some of the numbers are amazing. From the report: “The prevalence of obesity doubled in 73 countries between 1980 and 2015 and continuously increased in most of the other countries. In 2015 an estimated 603.7 million adults and...
It is said that in the early morning of September 28, 1901, Filipino villagers attacked the men of the Company C of the 9th Infantry Regiment of the American Army. Many were killed and many more were wounded. On the side of the Filipinos, there were also casualties that day. In some accounts, this is called “the Balangiga incident”;...
Part Two A previous article discussed how the issue involving Uber, Grab and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) would relate to four sources of market failure: 1) imperfect competition, 2) public goods, 3) externalities and 4) imperfect information. It should be recalled that government intervention becomes warranted if there is market failure, a situation where unregulated market...

Hacking the electorate

Hackers weren’t able to change the vote counts in the last American presidential election, the US’s intelligence agencies agree. But their influence was no less palpable, according to these experts, for being less direct; it would seem that the hackers didn’t hack the elections so much as they hacked the electorate. The cornerstone of democratic elections is the informed voter—that...
Catholics are once again given the opportunity to bond with Christ and one another as they join on Friday the Fourth Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE 4) at the Quadricentennial Pavilion of the University of Santo Tomas. With this year’s theme, “Of One Heart and Soul (Acts 4:32)”, the July 28 to 30 event aims to celebrate the Year of the Parish...

Rebuilding Marawi

In his second State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday, President Duterte said the occupation of Marawi by Islamic State (IS) militants should have been resolved by now, but he has ordered the troops not to launch an all-out assault to protect some 300 hostages even if that prolongs the siege. He said pounding their remaining territory by...
Most people fail at the business of stock-market investing because they do not have understanding of what makes a profitable business in the first place. The principles that go into making a successful business are the same as those in successful investing. Perhaps, the worst business venture that you could possibly go into is the restaurant business. A study from...
I was expecting to see a president comforting a nation which has been pummelled by insurgency and an unfinished war in the South; a president who will lay down to the public his economic blueprint in accord with his announced theme, “A Comfortable Life for All”. Instead, I saw a blubbering, angry old man giving a winding, mindless talk loaded...
IN the event Congress pushes through its revival of the death penalty, strongly endorsed by President Duterte in his second State of the Nation Address (Sona), here’s the global data culled by Database to guide our lawmakers that at least 1,032 people were executed worldwide last year, lower by 602 than the 2015 Amnesty International (AI) record of 1,634 executions,...
The twofold parable of the treasure found in a field and of the invaluable pearl discovered by a merchant, plus the parable of the net filled with good and bad fish, round up three Sundays of comparisons for the kingdom of God, teaching us as much about God’s reign as about ourselves (Matthew 13:43-52). A treasure and a super pearl The...
IN 1992 Republic Act (RA) 7279, or the Urban Development and Housing Act of 1992, became a law. Among the salient features of the law are the provisions of incentives for private sector participating in socialized housing, including provisions for tax incentives. Among the tax incentives provided under the said law are the exemption from the payment of project-related...
IN his second State of the Nation Address, President Duterte again vowed that there would be no let up in government efforts to fight illegal drugs. What’s heartening is that he has also underscored the need for the state to ensure food security by preparing producers for climate change. While miners were blamed for the destruction of farms and...
POPE Francis said that a good atheist is better than a bad Christian. The bad Christian draws down on our religion the contempt of those who see his hypocrisy. Francis was drawing on the Gospel of Mark where Jesus says it’s better to be drowned than cause others to sin. The sin of disillusion in the Catholic faithful who see...
For the past few weeks when Congress has not yet resumed session, one of the rooms in the Senate remained busy amid the silent halls. The hardworking Sen. Richard J. Gordon had a series of technical meetings with Social Security System (SSS) officials for the 2017 SS Charter Amendments that he is championing in the Senate. All throughout the meetings,...

The Balangiga Bells

President Duterte during his State of the Nation Address (Sona) asked the US to return to the Philippines the three “Balangiga Bells” taken by American soldiers in 1901 as war booty from the parish church of Balangiga in Eastern Samar. During the Philippine-American war, Filipino rebels ambushed on September 28, 1901, Company C of the 9th US Infantry Regiment, where 48...

A Sona As  Possible

President Duterte’s controversial State of the Nation Address (Sona), again spiced with some expletives in the local colloquial language, is considered bereft of discussions on vital economic issues, as people remain patient and tolerant, although ironically want reforms as soon as possible with jobs, poverty, inflation and corruption now on the top of their concerns, and much less for...
AS we celebrate Nutrition Month in July, it is imperative to remind all parents, educators, including health workers, about the importance of rearing healthy children. Healthy children are more ready and able to learn and, in the longer term, are more likely to become healthy adults who will contribute as productive citizens. Healthy people can help build a strong and...
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