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Ping: Palace should clarify VP’s role amid differences with PDEA

Vice President Leni Robredo should ask Malacaang to clarify the scope of her authority and responsibilities as one of the heads of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (Icad) amid differences with her cochair in the antidrug body, Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson said on Saturday. Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chief and Icad cochair Aaron…
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Think tank sees investors welcoming Robredo takeover

Vice President Leni Robredo would be welcomed by foreign investors as a replacement to President Rodrigo Duterte’s “authoritarian tendencies” if he dies or is incapacitated for health reasons, and they would likely pour in more investments into the country, according to a London-based think tank. The President has been dogged by rumors of poor health…
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SC sending Congress draft bill on marshals

A bill drafted by the Supreme Court for a Philippine Marshal Service will be sent to Congress on Monday, according to Court Administrator Midas Marquez. The draft bill goes beyond the primary objective of providing protection to judges—amid the spate of killings targeting members of the judiciary—as it also proposes broad powers for the marshals…
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Chinese-Filipinos resent ‘unfair’ drug dealer stereotype

The Chinese-Filipino community is against being stereotyped as drug dealers amid claims by officials that the bulk of the narcotics sold in the Philippines comes from China and that members of the community were involved in the narcotics trade, according to a business group. Such “unfair stereotypes” might lead to unnecessary conflicts and misunderstandings between…
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Inquirer stories, photo top agri journalism awards

The Philippine Daily Inquirer won three awards, including the top prize, at the 13th Bright Leaf Agriculture Journalism Awards on Friday. Apart from winning Best Agricultural Story of the Year, the Inquirer also won in the Best Agricultural News Story (National) and Best Agricultural Photo of the Year categories. The Bright Leaf Awards, launched in…
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Faces of the News: Nov. 17, 2019

Dennis Uy Dennis Uy announced last week that a unit of his Udenna Corp. has acquired the 45-percent interest of Chevron Philippines Inc. in the Malampaya natural gas project. This is not Uy’s first attempt at a foothold in the upstream petroleum business, having initiated a P4-billion share purchase agreement with Manuel Pangilinan’s PXP Energy…
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Parks a boost to mental health worth trillions, study notes

PARIS—Spending time outdoors is long understood to offer mental health perks, including reduced stress, improved sleep and enhanced cognition. But these public spaces might also benefit the global economy, new research suggests. Visits to national parks around the world may result in improved mental health valued at about $6 trillion (5.4 trillion euros), according to…
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Ben Chan receives the Order of the Star of Italy

It was an afternoon of grateful recollection and heartwarming vision when foremost Filipino retailer Ben Chan was given the Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella d’ Italia (Order of the Star of Italy) by the Italian government last Friday at the residence of the Italian ambassador. In his remarks before the appointment, Italy Ambassador Giorgio Guglielmino recalled…
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Long live Gina Lopez!

For the three women behind sustainable lifestyle retail brand Echostore, the legacy of the late Gina Lopez, Filipino philanthropist and environmentalist, is a gift that keeps on giving. Barely two months after the world lost Lopez to brain cancer, Reena Francisco, Jeannie Javelosa and Pacita “Chit” Juan, were asked by her family to take on…
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Collegiate basketball season ends

Published November 17, 2019, 12:41 AM THE VIEW FROM RIZAL By DR. JUN YNARES Dr. Jun Ynares As we write this column, the first game in the three-game championship series of this year’s University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) season would have already been played. It was scheduled for yesterday, Saturday. It is expected…
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End of the world

Published November 17, 2019, 12:36 AM THROUGH UNTRUE By FR. ROLANDO V. DELA ROSA, O.P. Fr. Rolando V. Dela Rosa, O.P. The gospel reading today sternly warns us that nothing on earth lasts forever. Even the most durable buildings crumble, seemingly indestructible institutions collapse, solid relationships break up, and kingdoms or governments fall. Even the…
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The signs of the end

REFLECTIONS TODAY Published November 17, 2019, 12:30 AM LUKE 21:5-19 While some people were speaking about how the temple was adorned with costly stones and votive offerings, Jesus said, “All that you see here—the days will come when there will not be left a stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down.” Then…
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Holiday gorging

Published November 17, 2019, 12:27 AM IF SYMPTOMS PERSIST By DR. JOSE PUJALTE, JR. “Tomorrow the enlarging of consciousness by diet and breathing.” —  W. H. Auden (1907-1973), Anglo-American poet, Spain(1937) l.72 Dr. Jose Pujalte Jr. Yes, it’s that time of year. In a few weeks, school, office, and club Christmas parties will have started and if…
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Building a just and lasting peace

Published November 17, 2019, 12:23 AM PEACE-MAKER By FORMER PHILIPPINE SPEAKER JOSE DE VENECIA Jose C. De Venecia Jr. (Remarks at the UPF Asia Pacific Summit 2019, November 18-20, 2019; Phnom Penh, Cambodia “Peace, Reconciliation, Interdependence, Mutual Prosperity and Universal Values”) Our UPF conference here in this great capital by the banks of Mekong River is a…
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CMMA award, citation to SVD

Published November 17, 2019, 12:17 AM WORD ALIVE By FR. BEL R. SAN LUIS, SVD Fr. Bel R. San Luis, SVD The Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA) on its 41st anniversary last November 13 presented “Serviam,” a special citation to the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) Central Province for various accomplishments in the field…
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