Archive for December, 2015

Beneficiaries seek accounting of MMFF funds

Text and photos Maria Feona Imperial VERA Files (First of two parts) Movies featuring the country’s most popular stars—including presidential sister Kris Aquino, comedian Vice Ganda, screen favorites John Lloyd Cruz and Jennylyn Mercado, and young love team Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza—are likely to make the 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival another smash hit, […]

December 24, 2015  Tags: ,   Posted in: Entertainment, Vera Files  5 Comments

My Christmas wish list

I have only three items in my Christmas wish list. First, may the sick be healed. May they be given the strength to cope with the trials they are going through. Special mention in my list is the healing of my niece Rachelle who is battling cancer. She has conquered cancer of the breast and […]

December 24, 2015  Tags:   Posted in: 2016 elections, Health  One Comment

It still won’t be Roxas even if Comelec eliminates Poe

If Pres. Aquino believes the strategy that if Mar Roxas’ lawyers in Comelec succeeds in eliminating Grace Poe from the presidential race, the presidency would be an easy clinch for his anointed, he is dreaming. If the fight is three-way – Rodrigo Duterte, Jojo Binay and Roxas, Duterte will win. If it’s between Binay and […]

December 18, 2015  Tags: ,   Posted in: 2016 elections, surveys  29 Comments

Road Safety Journalism Fellowship

VERA Files, a group I’m part of (we produce in-depth stories on subjects that matter) will be conducting a training for journalists on Road Safety. Following is VERA Files’ announcement of the Road Safety Journalism Fellowship: Road crashes are among the leading causes of death in the Philippines. The 2015 World Health Organization’s Global Status […]

December 16, 2015   Posted in: Health, Media  7 Comments

Sampalan match: Mar vs Duterte

Tama. Huwag na yung mga presidential debate na yan. Sampalan na lang. Mas exciting pa. Sino kaya ang pwede mag-organisa nito. Hindi siguro mahirap maghanap ng sponsor dahil sigurado maraming manonood nito. Sa isang korner ay ang Liberal Party presidential candidate na si Mar Roxas at sa kabilang korner naman si Rodrigo Duterte, ang kandidato […]

December 15, 2015  Tags: ,   Posted in: 2016 elections  28 Comments

The inconvenient truth in convenience stores

There’s a petition at Change.org initiated by the Philippine College of Physicians, Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Alliance, PH and Philippine Medical Association directed at the owners of three convenience stores to remove cigarettes from their stocks in branches near the schools. The petition cites Section 10 of Republic Act No. 9211 (Tobacco Regulation Act […]

December 14, 2015  Tags: ,   Posted in: Health  4 Comments

Sorry for the general statement about education in the provinces

I made a terrible mistake in my column last Monday. In my article on Ronald Gadayan, the NAIA janitor who returned to the owner a pouch he found while he was cleaning the departure area in September 2012 containing some P2.4 million cash and valuables, I wrote about his concern about his children’s education. Being […]

December 11, 2015  Tags:   Posted in: General  16 Comments

Remember the honest NAIA janitor?

If you are intelligent and rich, there is no problem about getting the education you desire. If you are poor but intelligent and have good grades, there are opportunities to higher education given by the government and private institutions. But if you are poor and do not have good grades (there are many factors involved […]

December 7, 2015  Tags:   Posted in: General  15 Comments

Pagcor’s 12 days of Pamaskong Handog

What better way to break the stressful stories in the political scene – the Comelec 2nd division disqualification of frontrunner Grace Poe as presidential candidate in the May 2016 elections and the cursing of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who has also filed his certificate of candidacy for president as substitute for a candidate that […]

December 5, 2015  Tags:   Posted in: General  5 Comments

When Duterte took on Pope Francis

Living up to his macho image of a crime buster that discriminates no one, in Tagalog, “walang sinasanto,” Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte took on the well-loved Pope Francis whose arrival in the Philippines last January caused him to be stuck in traffic he had to pee in his car. Last Monday at his declaration […]

December 1, 2015  Tags: , ,   Posted in: 2016 elections  51 Comments