Roque hid Duterte’s anger over Lopezes

July 17, 2020
Grasping President Duterte’s July 13 speech in full, including the audio recording Malacañang withheld but which media managed to get, one could feel his intense fury against oligarchy and those he believes run it, including the Lopez family of ABS-CBN network.

The time has come for PH telemedicine (2)

July 01, 2020
Dr. Michael (Doc Mike) Aragon, chairman of the League of Data-privacy and Cyber-security Advocates of the Philippines (LeaDCAP) which is one of the prime movers of telemedicine in the country, along with the Philippine Medical Association, called me recently to tell how excited he was that Filipinos could now avail for free the state-of-the-art system called Digital Online Consultation for our People’s Healthcare (DOCPH).

The time has come for telemedicine in PH

June 28, 2020
But telemedicine – which literally means “healing at a distance” – isn’t a new idea because many countries have been practicing it for years. Its benefits are now starting to be reaped in our country to provide health care for the needy not only in far-flung or underserved areas, but also those afraid of going to hospitals for fear of catching the coronavirus.

School Year 2020-21 can be so messy

June 17, 2020
Every school opening is usually plagued with lack of teachers, classrooms, and textbooks. But this school year is vastly different – so many daunting challenges beset the shift to digital and distance learning to replace traditional face-to-face classes amid the pandemic.

Lenten reflections on God & coronavirus

April 08, 2020
As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, so does many spiritual questions: Is the new coronavirus God’s punishment? Why does God allow the deadly disease to go on a rampage? If God is good, the Creator and Giver of life, why does the coronavirus exist at all?

As dreadful and daunting as the virus

March 05, 2020
“Hopes that the epidemic that started in China late last year would be over in months, and that economic activity would quickly return to normal, have been shattered,” Reuters reported last week. “World shares were on course for their largest weekly fall since the 2008 financial crisis, bringing the global wipeout to $5 trillion as supply chains were disrupted, travel plans postponed and major events canceled.”

Can Pinoy films ever win a top Oscar? (2)

February 20, 2020
"I really, really, really want to thank our Korean film audience, our moviegoers, who have been really supporting our movies and never hesitated to give us straightforward opinion on what they like in the movies," she said. "That made us really never to be complacent and to keep pushing – the directors, the creators – to keep pushing the envelope."

Hurting Taiwan & rejoicing for Korea

February 12, 2020
For 92 years, ever since the Academy Awards started in 1929, the premier film award-giving body aimed at “advancing the arts and sciences of motion pictures” has been seen as “obsessed with English-language films made by white people” until the movie Parasite – shot in South Korea and without any international cast members – came along.

Some good and bad news on nCoV

February 05, 2020
As of Feb. 5, the number of confirmed nCoV cases in China where it originated, including two dozen countries where it spread, has reached 24,553 – an increase of almost 4,000 cases from the previous day. And the latest death toll, based on data provided by China’s National Health Commission, stands at 492.