Philippine Press Secretary Ernesto Abella in one of his press conferences confirmed that President Duterte has decided to reject grants with certain conditions from the European Union (EU). He further clarified that the Government is only refusing EU grants that impose conditions, which the Government considers as allowing EU to interfere with the country’s affairs. The Executive Secretary also mentioned that the Government is “willing to forego about 250 million Euros ($278.88 million) worth of grants to prevent EU from meddling in its internal affairs”. A top government official likewise stated that the Philippines’ decision to stop development assistance from … Continue reading PHL Refuses EU “Conditional” Aid/Grant- Why?
Pope Francis once made a call for everyone to recognize the importance of protecting “water” as it is the “most essential element for life”. He said “humanity’s future depends on our ability to care for it and share it”. He encouraged governments to ensure that water supplies are protected and accessible to all. Definitely, the above-captioned subject with a big question mark does not emanate from some of us who have access to and can afford to pay for an adequate supply of potable drinking water. Rather, the said plea comes from those who are facing water scarcity or even … Continue reading A Glass of Clean Water, Please?
Heads of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) 10-member countries will be gracing the 30th ASEAN Summit in the Philippines on 27-28 of April, 2017. The Philippines is honored to host this year’s ASEAN gathering, as such President Duterte is the Chairman of the said event . Just a brief backgrounder, ASEAN was created in 1967 in Bangkok, Thailand with the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia,Singapore and Thailand as the Founding Members, initially using the so-called “sports-shirt diplomacy” (friendship and solidarity). Other member states such as Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam joined in later. ASEAN Summit 2017 with its … Continue reading ASEAN IN ITS GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY: ARE THERE “GOLDEN” OPPORTUNITIES?
The Philippine Government’s economic managers launched this month (Apri18th) Duterte Administration’s banner flag, known as “Dutertenomics”, a platform for the country’s economic growth and development, taking into account its socioeconomic 10-point agenda. As Secretary Benjamin Diokno of Dept. of Budget and Management (DBM) mentioned, the Government took an ambitious economic plans and programs as it would require roughly P8.4 Trillion (or $172 Billion) in a span of 6 years, ramping up Government’s infrastructure expenditures, vis-a-vis previous administrations’ infra-related projects. Under Dutertenomics, the following major national infrastructure projects (mainly focusing on transportation and social infrastructure projects) are envisioned to sustain Philippine’s … Continue reading Dutertenomics: Economic Banner of Duterte Administration
The “plan” to confer an honorary doctorate degree on Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte by the University of the Philippines (UP) Board of Regent (BOR) was aborted easily by no less than the President himself. Duterte declined to accept the conferment for a very simple reason: Accepting such degrees or any kind of distinction is not within his policy, not in his wildest dreams, not in his blood, and not even a hidden desire for it ever since he was a Mayor of Davao City! The said “plan” which was disclosed and disseminated via social media triggered several reactions and impressions from … Continue reading Honoris Causa For PDuterte: An Aborted Plan!
Today is Palm Sunday, and Christians (Catholics and non-Catholics) throughout the globe commemorate the triumphant entry of Jesus and his followers into the gates of Jerusalem. According to Scriptures, Jesus rode on a donkey with His disciples and large crowd preceding Him. While on their way, they cheered and cried out : “Hosanna to the Son of David; Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest”. The crowd carried palm branches, waving them with enthusiasm and inviting other people’s attention which lead them to ask, Who is this? And the crowd replied: “This … Continue reading Palm Sunday: A Prelude To Judas’ Kiss of Betrayal
Having a private space for ourselves is one of current life’s essentials particularly in this tech advanced age where wrongdoers are rampant on the web. That’s one reason why most of us are cautious in revealing/providing information to anyone sans valid reasons. Even in our work spaces and private lives, we don’t necessarily share personal information to bff’s (best friends forever or boyfriends forever) or pic (partners in crime) despite the many lunches and dinners spent together. How much more if we share vital information about ourselves in a social media platform where required/submitted data are not even guaranteed to … Continue reading Privacy Matters
Three years ago (November 8, 2013), one of my sisters whose family is based in Tacloban City experienced the wrath of Super Typhoon Yolanda (a.k.a “Haiyan”) coupled with an unexpected vicious storm surge, leaving tens of thousands homeless, more than 6 thousand people killed and several properties destroyed. Everyone was in anxiety and panic mode at that time, hoping and praying that nobody was harmed. While my sister’s house in Tacloban wasn’t badly hit by the storm, their weekend staycation beach house located in a place in Samar (where Tacloban Airport can be viewed from afar) was completely washed into the … Continue reading Rebuilding Lives After “Yolanda”: The Third Year
Who among us have seen the face of God, I mean God’s real face? None of us have seen God personally, I suppose! But still, we believe and glorify Him particularly in our prayers, we talk to Him about anything, we think of Him, and at times He even appears in our dreams. In the Scriptures, God appeared to some chosen people in various forms. That’s what we’ve read/learned about Him. Regardless of culture and religion, people see God and feel His presence in many ways. In our minds, though, we make God visible (even if he’s invisible), especially Jesus … Continue reading Love Thy Neighbor: My First Time To Pray For A President
Lydia, a widow in her late 30’s and with five (5) children, lives in one of the poorest rural places in the Philippines. Just like majority of the women in the said place, Lydia is a homemaker who is used to spending most of her time attending to their young children’s needs even during the time when her husband was still strong to till the soil of their landlord. Despite the hardships, Lydia and her husband were happy and contented with what they have, with the only one full meal a day, and even without the basic needs for their … Continue reading “Conditional Cash Transfer: How It Helps Poor Family