The political noise has started to reverberate right into the Malacanang Palace when President Rodrigo Duterte has said through his spokesperson, former Congressman Harry Roque who said in a press briefing at the Malacanang that it is true, that Duterte has given his blessings to Sen. Manny Pacquiao, former Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr., and current city mayor of Manila, Isko Moreno. if Davao City Mayor Inday Sara and Sen. Christopher "Bong" Go, will definitely run during the May 2022 presidential election.

Is this a ploy of the President to test the presidential ambition of some of the wannabees eyeing the highest political position of the land, the presidency of the republic? 

At the very outset, the President was in favor of his daughter Davao City Inday Saran Duterte Carpio to run for the 2022 presidential election

In a press release last January 14, 2021,

President Duterte said: " that the presidency was no job for a woman because of their emotional  differences to men, and dismissed speculation that his daughter would succeed him next year."


And the statement coming from his father, the President was confirmed by the Davao City Mayor a month after, on Feb. 22, 2021, when Inday Sara said she was not interested in the 2022 presidential election. When asked in a radio interview, Inday Sara may change her decision, she said "For now, no."




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COVID-19 Vaccine woes

The new variant of the Coronavirus disease (B117), otherwise known as the UK variant, has been confirmed to be present in the Philippines weeks before the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines arrives. 

Studies revealed that this variant is more infectious than the current COVID-19 strain, with as high as 70 percent transmission rate.


What’s odd about this new variant is that it emerged shortly after the United Kingdom rolled out mass vaccination drives for its citizens, making the intended immunity futile as the strain simply mutated into a variant that quickly replaces other versions of the virus.

What use could the current vaccines now be? 

This reminds me of what my friend, a medical doctor by profession, once said – “we’d rather not be inoculated even if the vaccines are already available.” She said it with much conviction and finality that I ended up stunned, I could only ask “why?”. Accordingly, it takes years, mostly decades, to develop, test, and approve a truly efficient and effective vaccine.


She maintained that at the least, a vaccine could be developed in two years, otherwise, those who will be subjected to inoculation will simply become “guinea pigs” for testing. What’s more, another kind of vaccine shall be made for another variant or strain of a particular virus. READ MORE

Democratic lawmakers unveil Biden-backed immigration overhaul bill

Immigrants await their turn for green card and citizenship interviews at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Queens office in the Long Island City neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  OHN MOORE / GETTY IMAGES

BY CAMILO MONTOYA-GALVEZ, First published on February 17, 2021 / 4:35 PM


After weeks of deliberations, congressional Democrats and the White House on Thursday unveiled an immigration overhaul bill that would reshape U.S. immigration laws and allow millions of immigrants living in the country without authorization to obtain legal status.

The 353-page U.S. Citizenship Act would create a two-tier legalization program that would automatically make farmworkers, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders, and undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children eligible for green cards, according to a 66-page summary of the legislation. After three years, they could apply to become U.S. citizens.  


Not all phones compatible with Dito network – group 

President Rodrigo Duterte handed over the Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to Mislatel, now Dito Telecommunity Corporation, led by businessman Dennis Uy.

By Bernadette E. Tamayo, TMT,  April 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — THE DITO Telecommunity’s 5G network would leave many Filipinos disenfranchised because only a limited number of smart phones are compatible with its network services,, an information communication technology advocacy group, said.

It issued the warning during a recent Senate hearing on the renewal of the DITO’s franchise.

The Senate on March 24 approved on third and final reading the measure renewing for another 25 years the franchise of DITO Telecommunity, the country’s third telecommunication company (telco).


The group noted that a high percentage of Filipinos still use mobile phones that run on 2G or make use of less-advanced systems.

“This would therefore not work with a DITO SIM card that by default runs on 4G or 5G systems,” it said.


PH, DOT nominated at 2021 World Travel Awards Asia Edition  

DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM Sec. Bernie Romulo Puat (File Photo)

March 31, 2021, 3:12 pm

MANILA – The Philippines and the Department of Tourism (DOT) secure positions as nominees to the 2021 World Travel Awards (WTA), one of the most prestigious and comprehensive global recognition bodies that aims to “acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all key sectors of the travel, tourism and hospitality industries.”

Beijing mouthpiece warns PH military of ‘strong response’ if Chinese vessels made to leave PH EEZ

By: Frances Mangosing - Reporter / / 04:19 PM April 06, 2021

A mouthpiece of the Chinese government warned of a “strong response” if the Philippine military acted rashly on the looming Chinese occupation of Julian Felipe (Whitsun) Reef, which is inside the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ).


Hu Xijin, editor of the Global Times newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party, accused Philippine officials of having ulterior motives in hyping up the incursion of Chinese vessels in the West Philippine Sea.

Global Times, a publication of the Chinese Communist Party’s newspaper People’s Daily, is considered as a mirror of official Chinese....



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Imee Marcos' claim that she graduated from Princeton is false, says student paper

Imee Marcos did enroll at Princeton in 1973, but no record shows that she graduated in 1979, The Daily Princetonian reported.PHOTO: PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

PRINCETON, New Jersey (PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) — An independent student newspaper at Princeton University has reported that a Philippine senatorial candidate Imee Marcos had falsely claimed that she graduated from the university.

Ms. Marcos, 63, the daughter of former Filipino President Ferdinand Marcos, did enroll at Princeton in 1973, but no record shows that she graduated in 1979, The Daily Princetonian reported.

P8B lost each day during lockdown

STILL CLOSED. Photo shows some non-essential establishments inside the SM mall in Fairview, Quezon City still closed Wednesday (April 7, 2021) until the Covid-19 infections are curbed in National Capital Region (NCR) and four neighboring provinces. However, malls will remain open for essential businesses such as groceries, pharmacies, and hardware stores. (PNA photo by Ben Briones)


By Mayvelin U. Caraballo, TMT, April 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine economy is losing as much as P8 billion a day because of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) restrictions, and the government must find ways to boost consumer spending to stop the bleeding.

The heavy cost of a lockdown was discussed at length by Marikina City Second District Rep. Stella Luz Quimbo during a virtual roundtable with The Manila Times on Friday.

Quimbo estimated that the ECQ in the National Capital Region (NCR) or Metro Manila alone results in about P6 billion in losses a day. “But if it includes the nearby provinces, it’s P8 billion a day,” she said.

Duterte may back Pacquiao, Moreno, or Marcos in 2022


By Keith Calayag TMT, April 8, 2021

MANILA , Philippines —— President Rodrigo Duterte might support Sen. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao, Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso or former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. if his long-time aide Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go would not run for president in 2022, Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. said.

.“Kapag hindi tumakbo si Sara (the President’s daughter), hindi tumakbo si Bong Go because he will only run for president if the President would run for vice president, the President will have to choose who has the numbers and he will have to choose from Isko, Manny Pacquiao and Bongbong Marcos (If Sara will not run, if Bong Go will not run because he said he will run only if the President runs for vice president, the President will have to choose who has the numbers and he will have to choose from Isko, Manny Pacquiao and Bongbong Marcos),” Roque said during a forum of the Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Inc. on Tuesday.

Gesmundo takes oath

as chief justice

HAIL TO THE CHIEF Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo takes his oath before Supreme Court Associate Justice Estela Perlas-Bernabe. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

By Keith Calayag, TMT, April 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — MALACAÑANG expressed confidence that Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo, who took his oath of office on Monday, will uphold the independence of the judiciary.

In his press conference on Monday, Presidential spokesman Harry Roque Jr. confirmed that President Rodrigo Duterte has named Gesmundo as chief justice.


Gesmundo took his oath of office before Senior Associate Justice Estela Perlas-Bernabe.


Chief Presidential Legal Adviser Salvador Panelo told The Manila Times last Friday that the President signed Gesmundo’s appointment papers.

FDA stops use of AstraZeneca

SAFE FOR SENIORS A health worker prepares to administer the Sinovac vaccine at the Andres Bonifacio Elementary School in Tayuman, Manila on April 8, 2021. PHOTO BY MIKE ALQUINTO


By Red Mendoza, TMT, April 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has advised the Department of Health (DoH) to stop giving the AZD1222 vaccine of British-Swedish drugmaker AstraZeneca to persons below 60 years old.

The recommendation comes after the European Medicines Agency (EMA) announced on Wednesday that it found “possible links” between the vaccine and blood clots in 16 cases across Europe.


The EMA pointed out that the clots were a “very rare side effect” of the vaccine and that taking the vaccine remained beneficial.

FDA Director-General Rolando Enrique Domingo said the National Adverse Effects Following Immunization Committee has not received reports of possible platelet and thrombotic issues among those who had been inoculated with the vaccine in the country.


Colossal lies, delusions on the Felipe Reef brouhaha

By RIGOBERTO TIGLAO, Republished from The Manila Times, April 4, 2021

By R (First of Two Parts)

VIETNAMESE generals must be rolling on the floor with laughter, at the same time wildly cheering our defense secretary Delfin Lorenzana.


The defense chief has been bashing 


the Chinese and trying to do what the Vietnamese have been wishing for fervently since 1988, which is to drive them out of that area in the Spratlys nearest to Ho Chi Minh City.

Raising the decibel of his rants the past few days, Lorenzana, referring to their vessels at “Julian Felipe Reef”, commanded the Chinese “to leave our sovereign territories.”

It’s embarrassing to us as a nation to have as the head of the department tasked to defend our territory one who is extremely ignorant of the extent of our territorial boundaries.


No wonder the spokesman of the Chinese embassy here, which has been relatively quiet on this brouhaha in contrast to the torrent of harangues by high Philippine officials, said that Lorenzana’s statements were “perplexing.”









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