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Customs Commissioner Rozzano Rufino Biazon is resigning his high-profile office by day’s end tomorrow. It is a good decision; if he had not tendered his “irrevocable resignation” in a meeting with President Aquino on Monday, he would have been forced out of the Bureau of Customs by both internal political pressure and public opinion. Indeed, [...]
Four hundred thirty-one HIV cases—the highest number of cases reported in a month this year. The Department of Health announced that number and that claim only in June. But a month later, that figure would be breached with 449 new cases, a record high that didn’t last long. In October, the number climbed to 491, a new benchmark that’s about 66 percent higher than the 295 cases reported in the same month last year.
He was a man of paradox: In today’s terms, he would be called an out-of-school youth turned upwardly mobile worker; an orphan with a telenovela background who died a tragic, ultimately triumphant death; a social pro who created a secret society; a hero-worshipping autodidact who himself became a hero, and inspired other heroes.
The inimitable June Keithley will be buried today, five days after succumbing to cancer at 66.
Our prayers for our children are simple as we catch our breath at the end of a crowded day. May they be safe, healthy, and loved. And may they know right from wrong.
So this is the way extremely compromised United Nations conferences end: not with a bang but with a demoralizing whimper. The 19th edition of the UN-sponsored climate change negotiations, held in Warsaw the last two weeks, sputtered to a pitiful close over the weekend…
Nineteen journalists have been killed for their work in the Philippines since Benigno Aquino III assumed the presidency in 2010. And in 2013 alone, at least 66 instances of threats, physical assaults, illegal arrests, libel suits and other forms of harassment were recorded.
Nearly two weeks after the apocalyptic storm, certain areas of Central Philippines are showing signs of renewed life. In Tacloban City, for example, some businesses have reopened, water is flowing again in some parts, and rubble-clearing is in full swing.
The Philippines is in the eye of a storm—of goodwill. The range of the assistance for survivors of Supertyphoon “Yolanda/Haiyan” from the international community, including governments and private corporations, groups and individuals, is heartwarming.
Now that food, water, clothing and other relief goods are moving to Tacloban City and other areas in the Visayas hard-hit by Supertyphoon “Yolanda,” another front in the campaign to help the survivors of the tragedy has opened with the recent deployment by the Department of Health of a 55-member team of psychologists.
Supertyphoon “Yolanda” was one of the most powerful storms ever recorded. There is some debate whether it was in fact the most powerful of all time to hit land, as measured by wind strength.
We must do better. The devastation wrought by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” has given way to another, altogether manmade calamity: bureaucratic ineffectiveness. But because the lives of literally thousands of survivors lie in the balance, we must all do better.