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No ordinary illness

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.

Posted: April 23rd, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Reforest mountains with fire trees and their kind

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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.

Posted: April 23rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Day of the Earth

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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.

Posted: April 23rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

When will Chinese firm deliver new coaches?

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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.

Posted: April 23rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Bishops and the environment

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Remarkable is an open letter published in Tuesday’s issue of this paper. It is signed by an impressive array of Catholic bishops, starting with Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, and capped by his immediate predecessor, Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, Archbishop Emeritus of Manila.

Posted: April 23rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Talk rules

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“Let’s talk.” Depending on how it’s said, those two words can have great differences in meaning. Said with a tone that suggests a question—“Let’s talk?” (or even “Talk?”)—the phrase can be a very tentative way of offering an apology. Or it can mean you need something, and want to explore possibilities. Said with a bit more urgency, it becomes imploring.

Posted: April 23rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Lessons from Mang Felix

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I am very lucky to have known Mang Felix, from whom I learned life’s most enduring lessons. Mang Felix lost his father when he was five, then lost all his siblings shortly after. His mother became blind years later. He worked in the farm. Through sheer determination he finished his freshman year in college, and then he got married and raised a family of nine.

Posted: April 23rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

PH in quandary

The reason Chinese officials refuse and reject the “memorial” submitted to the United Nations for arbitration is that they know that, in their row with the Philippines over disputed islands like the Ayungin Shoal, their claim has no basis while that of the Philippines is rightful. China fears it cannot justify its claim, not even with the maps it has. But the Philippines has 40 maps, as well as other relevant documents, to support its claim.

Posted: April 23rd, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Cancer patients can live productive life

This is in reaction to the story, “Yolanda hero Dario Raagas fights for his life vs giant drug firm Novartis” (News, 4/12/14). To remove any confusion and anguish the article might have caused patients and caregivers under Touched By Max Philippines (TBM), allow me to share my thoughts about the treatment.

Posted: April 23rd, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Is NFA indifferent to private traders?

This April the National Food Authority, with a budget of P17.1 billion, is set to import 800,000 metric tons (mt) of rice, through a surprise public tender among foreign traders and grains exporters with clearly separate and differing international quotes.

Posted: April 23rd, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Too early to talk about 2016 ‘presidentiables’

This refers to Conrado de Quiros column “‘Tuloy Poe Kayo’” (Opinion, 4/3/14). I find it very suggestive: De Quiros fancies Sen. Grace Poe training her sights on the 2016 presidential race. It’s too early to make speculations about the 2016 elections. It’s premature to worry about who should run for president two years from now.

Posted: April 23rd, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Debt relief

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.

Posted: April 22nd, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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