Bowing out

“You can’t win every battle. Sometimes victory comes in form of bowing out gracefully.” – Toni Payne

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A People Power model

The Philippines started it all. Remember? It was our country that initiated changes and reforms in government through its initiative of “People Power”, probably the only bloodless revolution ever held by oppressed people. Those of us who were already of age when it happened, will never forget how we did it, how we drove off a dictator who mocked our longing for a truly democratic country. Until now, we must all hope and pray that such kind of governance will never happen to us again.

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Help

After months of hemming and hewing, holding back the tide, and delaying the inevitable, the Visayan DAILY STAR will have to cease operations at the end of this week as we try to find a solution to the existential threats that we stubbornly thought we could outlast.

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And the Lord won

It was a weeklong circus that ended with the installation of Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco as the new Speaker of the House, replacing Alan Peter Cayetano.

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Pinoys can blown anywhere

Of course there are other reports and issues in the news today. But I am sure that for basketball fans, it didn’t matter who won the speakership of the House of Representatives. But the Los Angeles Lakers again won the championship in the 2020 series of the NBA games. I am sure the team was further inspired by the thought of their former lead man, Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash together with his young daughter earlier this year. Wherever he is now, I am sure Kobe was smiling down at his team as they trounced the Miami Heat with the score of 106-93. I can imagine him clapping his hands and calling out “Well done, Boys!”

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Faith in vaccination

While the Philippine government strategy for fighting the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic has been to wait for a COVID-19 vaccine, significant work has to be done to undo the long-term damage wrought by the politically motivated campaign that targeted the dengue vaccine Dengvaxia that is seen as one of the main drivers of plummeting child immunization rates in the country.

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Human error

A public post of Jonathan Espinosa went viral after it was shared in the news line-up of Digicast Negros over the weekend. He is an LSI who reportedly tested negative and was sent home. That homecoming was short lived though, after he was informed belatedly that he was after all positive and had to return to the quarantine facility.

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The safe restart

The Department of Finance sees the country’s financial position as still “good” despite the onslaught of the coronavirus pandemic but it believes strict quarantine restrictions are holding back the economy.

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Public health and employment

EDITORIAL Despite data from the Department of Labor and Employment indicating close to 3.5 million workers nationwide have lost their jobs or suffered reduction in

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