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  • October 21, 2014Leachon: 21- day exit screening for Filipinos in West Africa before coming home

    Leachon: 21- day exit screening for Filipinos in West Africa before coming home

      By ELLEN T. TORDESILLAS THE Philippine College of Physicians, headed by   Dr. Anthony Leachon, is recommending that the Philippine government require returning Filipinos from West Africa, where there is a widespread outbreak of the killer disease Ebola, to undergo exit screening there before being allowed to come home. That is on top of..

  • October 18, 2014Gen. Douglas MacArthur: The honorary Filipino

    Gen. Douglas MacArthur: The honorary Filipino

        By NORMAN SISON For tourists traveling to the southern Philippine island of Leyte, a must-visit site for photos — and selfies, of course — is MacArthur Landing Memorial Park in the town of Palo, a short drive away from Tacloban City. The monument marks the spot where American general Douglas MacArthur landed with […]

  • October 18, 2014IRA-dependent budget model keeps poorest communities most vulnerable to disasters

    IRA-dependent budget model keeps poorest communities most vulnerable to disasters

    By JAKE SORIANO NAGA, Camarines Sur — The night before Typhoon Gloria (international name Rammasun) battered its way through Barangay Ponong in Magarao, Camarines Sur, local chief Bobby Abad was busy warning his constituents to leave for the nearest evacuation centers. Typhoon winds were already strong by the time he finished his duties. He went..

  • October 12, 2014Bohol deep sea divers face risks paying off debt

    Bohol deep sea divers face risks paying off debt

    By COOPER RESABAL, VERA Files NOCNOCAN Island, Bohol—Defying wind and rain, children romp around the white sand beach leading to this 2-hectare village of houses on stilts where mothers tend their homes and men their fighting cocks. But behind this simple, idyllic life on this island named after “nocnoc” (shellfish) lies something sinister:..

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    And why should Aquino go to the wake of Jennifer Laude? Who she?

    And why should Aquino go to the wake of Jennifer Laude? Who she?

    October 24, 2014

    By ELLEN T. TORDESILLAS TOTOO naman. Bakit nga naman inaasahan natin pumunta si Pangulong Aquino sa lamay ni Jennifer Laude? Sino ba si Jennifer Laude? Hindi naman siya kamag-anak ng mga Aquino. Hindi naman..


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