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LAST week, social media giant Facebook struck back against a new Australian law that would require it and other internet platforms such as Google to pay for Australian media content published and shared on their sites. In a move apparently intended to bully the Australian government into...

Congress should pass ‘Dept of Water’ bill

https://open.spotify.com/episode/3pHzXUBSCDrSGfAJV5Pv3f?si=o7wnbuDkR4SR2te60IhsbQ THE creation of a single agency to oversee the management of water utilities in the country is an idea that, at least at one time, was obviously quite popular...

In Southeast Asia, Filipinos the most disapproving of govt Covid response

https://open.spotify.com/episode/0vmE0zWmTVWaHa8OO7xwwV?si=nZzvARqqS5uwcJQlC89gBg Wake up, IATF. The writing is truly on the wall. In two more international surveys, the Philippines has again been rated poorly in its performance or effectiveness in responding to...

Govt effort to help consumers quickly descends into chaos

https://open.spotify.com/episode/34dVs1VjF7HkAuLEn0IYC6?si=U8PZTx20RF2bBN8p1QveVQ ON Monday, a government-mandated price ceiling on pork and chicken went into effect, and before the sun even rose, a survey of markets around Metro Manila confirmed that our...

A safer internet for the new normal

https://open.spotify.com/episode/0eyM8aG3vtWnUoTEpmSnPV?si=fLBq7gwAQwexrZdltbmBpQ A SAD but completely predictable side effect of pandemic-induced new normal that has pushed many of our work, school and commercial activities into the online realm has been the...

Speculation on vaccines will cease when officials stop telling half-truths

https://open.spotify.com/episode/4PGFDtWPfFCRRaAB3skeHl?si=bWcwpCgjQNKZi4rg0O7fnQ HEALTH Secretary Francisco Duque 3rd found it necessary to officially issue during the weekend a strange statement that was more a statement of denial than an announcement of something. He...

PH signs landmark treaty banning nuclear weapons

https://open.spotify.com/episode/7p56xYzB1xsL2tHQ5YMMWV?si=oRczl5AZTkKOjrKay5wL9Q FINDING something to be cheerful about seems difficult these days, and it is certainly seldom for people to agree on what to be happy about. Well, that happened last...

PH signs landmark treaty banning nuclear weapons

https://open.spotify.com/episode/61rTG6YoYr87yvLw3tZamL?si=DRxPvCUDSCulxJOUeD5J6w Finding something to be cheerful about seems difficult these days, and it is certainly seldom for people to agree on what to be happy about. Well, that happened last...

BSP faces a tough choice on MSME lending

https://open.spotify.com/episode/6CW6FvPF28K4vOpemHZQMo?si=wJMp42-MSyq_JuHDMbO3nw IN spite of a law mandating more bank lending to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), and in spite of the modification of some regulatory requirements by the Bangko...

Myanmar reverts to military rule; Suu Kyi under house arrest again

https://open.spotify.com/episode/0kByvB0dIDV1DOZBbpmkBV?si=ARt7bQBNSKCsnzGy2A6xWg RECENT events in Myanmar could not be more puzzling and disappointing to international observers and its neighbors in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean). For some time now, the...

Price controls an extreme but necessary intervention

https://open.spotify.com/episode/7tY1d72PXXk7mngoSkQ59Z?si=K0FOiC0uSrqzYHaLzrZJcQ ALTHOUGH many may wish the action had been taken much earlier, Agriculture Secretary William Dar deserves credit for recommending to President Rodrigo Duterte that price controls be imposed on...

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Senate passes bill to speed up vaccination program

THE Senate passed on third and final reading a bill which will expedite the purchase and administration of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines to...

PH logs 1,414 new Covid cases

THE Philippines registered 1,414 new cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) on Tuesday, raising the number of infections to 564,865, according to the...

Murder raps filed vs suspects behind killing of Korean in Valenzuela

POLICE arrested and filed murder charges against eight suspects behind the killing of a South Korean businessman in Valenzuela City almost two weeks ago,...

DILG eyes scrapping swab testing as travel requirement

THE Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is considering scrapping tests for the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) as a travel requirement around the...

OFFICIAL: Sotto won’t rejoin Ignite, G League

It's official. Filipino NBA prospect Kai Sotto will not rejoin Team Ignite, according to NBA G League president Shareef Abdur-Rahim. "NBA G League Ignite and international...

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