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In the end, a perfectly rational explanation may yet turn out to be the reason for the mysterious disappearance from the skies of Malaysia Airlines MH370. One plausible theory, propounded by a veteran pilot, suggests that the plane’s cockpit suffered a sudden catastrophic fire that overwhelmed its two pilots before they could radio for help or manage an emergency landing. They managed to turn the plane leftward, however, in the direction of Langkawi, Malaysia, where there was an airstrip, but with the pilots rendered incapacitated, the plane flew on until it ran out of fuel and plunged into the sea. A cockpit fire may also account for the breakdown in the transponders and communications systems, which prevented the plane from sending any SOS before its presumed crash.
By Conrado de Quiros
The first has to do with Mar Roxas. He’s been busy the last few days making his presence felt in Leyte and the other places devastated by “Yolanda.” Since his arrival in Leyte last Thursday, he has distributed P1 billion to the typhoon-stricken areas. That is not the end of it, he said. There’s more to come, the government having earmarked P4 billion for them under the Grassroots Participatory Budget Process, a new program.
By Rina Jimenez-David
You’ve got to love Dionisia Pacquiao! Reports have it that the Pacman’s mother—the PacMom herself—garnered as much attention in the social media as her son during the televised coverage of Manny Pacquiao’s domination of Timothy Bradley in their championship fight.
By Neal H. Cruz
The Philippines has so many Holy Week rituals that many foreigners find quaint, even strange. In fact, a couple of them have become outright attractions.
By Ambeth R. Ocampo
“Tapsilog” was on the menu for breakfast last Monday. What better way to start the week right? Well, the cook wanted to alter the schedule and offered yogurt and cereal instead, so I remarked that it was the first day of the summer term and I needed a power breakfast. She hesitated a bit, gathered her courage, and said, “Sir, it’s the Holy Week, you shouldn’t be eating meat.” I explained that abstinence from meat is observed only on the Fridays of Lent, and that fasting (or having only one full meal) and abstinence are observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. I was amused and flattered that our cook cared not just for our belly but for our soul as well.
By Michael L. Tan
“Saan ka mag-ho-Holy Week?” a friend asked me the other day, and the linguistics-scientist part of my brain lit up, noting that the literal translation of that phrase would be “Where will you be Holy Week-ing?” A looser translation will mean not just “where” but “what will you be Holy Week-ing?”
By Bennett Ramberg
Twenty-eight years after its Chernobyl nuclear plant exploded, Ukraine confronts a nuclear specter of a different kind: the possibility that the country’s reactors could become military targets in the event of a Russian invasion. Speaking at the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague in March, Andrii Deshchytsia, Ukraine’s acting foreign minister, cited the “potential threat to many nuclear facilities” should events deteriorate into open warfare.
This could be the 2016 elections. If good leaders emerge, the economy will grow and become inclusive. If not, hunger, poverty and desperation will hasten the nation’s descent into a failed state status. To avoid the latter, each and every Filipino must ensure a positive outcome in 2016.
This is in reference to the editorial titled “Water warning” (4/13/14), which associated the Holy Week water service interruption of Maynilad with the dry season and the decreasing water level in Angat Dam.
Dennis Cunanan claimed in recent news reports that the Technology Resource Center (TRC) under him processed PDAF (Priority Development Assistance Fund) allocations from the office of Manila Rep. Amado Bagatsing. In the affidavit he submitted to the Department of Justice, Cunanan also averred that the purported PDAF of Representative Bagatsing found their way from the TRC into bogus nongovernmental organizations linked to Janet Lim-Napoles. This claim by Cunanan is patently false. As stated emphatically by Representative Bagatsing, he never coursed his PDAF through the TRC and “has never endorsed Masaganang Ani or any NGO linked to Napoles.”
With all due respect, please allow me to react to the letter Marissu G. Bugante, vice president for public affairs of the Social Security System (“SSS benefits higher since January 2014,” Opinion, 4/7/14).
Bugante made that assertion in reply to Bernardo Peralta’s letter (“What, only 3 pension increases in 14 years?” Opinion, 3/11/14).
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines-Quezon Chapter strongly condemns the fatal attack against our colleague Rubylita Garcia, 52, a reporter for Remate.