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The Filipino nurse said to have tested positive for the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Corona Virus (MERS-CoV) when he left the United Arab Emirates for the Philippines turned out negative of the dreaded disease. The Department of Health was able to track down the nurse and the family members who had been in close proximity with him from the time he arrived at the airport, and after quarantine and testing, all of them were pronounced negative of MERS-CoV.
By Neal H. Cruz
The fire trees are beginning to bloom—no better sign that summer is here in full force. Along the highways and roadsides, in parks and in private yards, you see them from a distance, a red streak on top of the tree line. As you come nearer, you see the reason for its name: The whole tree seems to be on fire. Moses probably witnessed a similar sight when he saw the burning bush on Mount Sinai.
By Conrado de Quiros
It wasn’t too long ago when Earth Day seemed like one of those things we marked more out of duty than out of urgency. It was a day when the “tree-huggers” came out to, well, hug trees, as the patronizing label suggested. Yesterday’s Earth Day had none of that. It was a day when the “life-clingers” or “planet-savers” came out to, well, cling to life or save the planet.
By Amando Doronila
The suspicious thing about the administrative inquiry into allegations that Metro Rail Transit General Manager Al Vitangcol III tried to extort $30 million from a Czech company that had offered to supply trains for the MRT was that the Department of Transportation and Communications exonerated him even before the National Bureau of Investigation could submit a report on its own probe.
Debt condonation is something a government avoids because of its repercussions on a country’s financial and economic wellbeing. A country that expresses even the slightest hint of a request for debt condonation worries the international lending community.
By Juan L. Mercado
“For the more adventurous, island hopping can be arranged… to the neighboring Hilantagaan Island” off Bantayan in northern Cebu, the travel blurb offered.
By John Nery
I realize that many Filipinos will readily volunteer a comparison they think more apt: Jinggoy Estrada, Bong Revilla, Juan Ponce Enrile and others deeply implicated in the pork barrel scam are Judas. The defining act of the crimes they are charged with is the act of a traitor; that is, someone who betrayed the people’s expectations, the public’s trust.
The lawyer Jessica Lucila “Gigi” Reyes, once the powerful chief of staff of Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile and now a principal accused in the plunder and corruption cases stemming from the so-called pork barrel scam, is back in the country. She flew in on Black Saturday, after eight months abroad; she had fled the country a few weeks after the scam was exposed, but she told reporters upon her arrival: “I’m ready to face the charges. I’ve always faced [them].”
By Amando Doronila
In the midst of the scorching heat at the advent of Holy Week, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. brought down a storm of public wrath on the Aquino administration after he rebuked commuters at the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) to take the bus instead if they cannot endure the long queues at the stations of the congested railway system.
By Conrado de Quiros
One was everyone complaining about the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, which compelled President Aquino himself to issue an apology on TV. What everyone—locals and foreigners alike—was complaining about in particular was the air-conditioning conking out in the place. The airport being deluged by a horde bound for the provinces during the Lenten break, it was a veritable hell.
That the Philippines is no slouch in terms of starkly beautiful destinations is hardly a secret, and the Inquirer’s “Getaway” series again proves it.
By Artemio V. Panganiban
How does one satisfy an unpaid creditor without being unfair to a distressed debtor? This was the dilemma tackled by Dean Nilo T. Divina of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Faculty of Civil Law and one of the 10 holders of the “Chief Justice Panganiban Professorial Chairs on Liberty and Prosperity” during a well-attended public lecture at the UST recently.