The times are a-changing

It’s only about 10 days more before what is supposed to be the start of the Olympic Games, scheduled in Tokyo, Japan this year. Will the games go on? Are all the participating teams ready? Have all the players, officials


Premature rush

As the developed world slowly starts to reopen and relax coronavirus restrictions, a senior World Health Organization official warned countries to lift their Covid-19 restrictions slowly so as “not to lose the gains that they have made.” Mike Ryan, head


To be both like serpents and doves

That’s what Christ wants us to be, if we are to be his faithful disciples. It’s not easy, of course. But we have his assurance that as long as we are with him, we truly can be as shrewd, cunning


Call it ‘social dis-dancing’

As I sat down to type this column, the TV announced that Japan has declared a “State of Emergency” in Tokyo. Bye, bye Olympics? Sorry to sound callous, of course I sympathize with the people of Japan who must be



The Global Finance ranking of the world’s safest countries for 2021 ranked the Philippines at the bottom of the barrel of 134 countries. The Philippines’ dismal performance was consistent in the international business magazine’s annual ranking, remaining at the bottom


Last stand

I consider myself privileged never to have considered migrating to another country. In my lifetime, the Philippines was never perfect, it was never first world, it was never the best; but I never stopped to imagine what it would be


Let’s go on with the ‘good job’

I did not realize I would miss Sports news until yesterday when I noticed that our own Sports Page had been carrying a lot of reports outside our province, if not from abroad. Yesterday alone, we had sports news only



The gallery of 37 “press freedom predators” published by Paris-based media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) included Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte, listing him among world leaders noted for trampling on press freedom by creating a censorship apparatus, jailing journalists arbitrarily,


Let’s be a generous gift to others

That’s what Christ wants us to be. “Without cost you have received. Without cost you are to give.” (Mt 10,8) These words simply tell us that we have to give ourselves to others as generously as God has given himself


85 percent – the passing grade?

What have you done to Florida? I asked my puzzled sister-in-law who probably thought the COVID vaccine had affected my mind. Well, the news from the United States yesterday was full of the damage that Typhoon Elsa had wrought, and

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City Comelec eyes satellite registration

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III The Commission on Elections will hold satellite voters registration at Robinsons mall in Bacolod City although the date is yet to be finalized, city Comelec officer Kathrina Trinio-Caña, said yesterday. Caña said that although the

Indicators monitored for possible changes in anti-Covid measures

The government is checking on several indicators that would determine whether there is a need to adjust the measures being implemented to fight the coronavirus disease 2019, Malacañang said yesterday. This after President Rodrigo Duterte sought stricter health measures in

BCPO logs 27K health protocol violators

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III Health protocol violators in Bacolod City had reached 27,941 as of Sunday, P/Lt. Col. Lester Leada, who heads the City Police Office Operations Branch, said yesterday. Of the number, 6,610 were reprimanded for violating the

SSS releases P115M in educational loans

The Social Security System disbursed over P115.53 million for educational loans from January to June 2021, that was 52.5 percent or P39.75 million higher than last year’s releases. Over 6,500 applications for tuition financing assistance were received by the pension

New HQ for Escalante cops

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The Escalante City Police Station in Negros Occidental will soon have a new home. P/Lt. Col. Gil John Despi, Escalante City police chief, said yesterday that they are now preparing to transfer to their new city