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Fear and Trembling

I anguished over the creeping amnesia when it comes to our wrenching from the dictatorship 34 years ago. But Filipinos have no sense of history, my dear confidant and most patient mentor said. And Manong sent me a copy of Søren Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling, to re-read and ponder in my mature years what had perhaps gone over my head in my college Literature classes.

COVID-19 and collective action

The Lancet, the most accessible peer-reviewed medical journal, discusses the COVID-19 crisis in stark terms. Read Roy Anderson et al., “How will country-based mitigation measures influence the course of the COVID-19 epidemic?” (March 9, 2020). The authors state that “we calculate that approximately 60% of the population would become infected.”

Of pandemics past and COVID-19’s economic impact

As mass hysteria over COVID-19 reaches its peak, it would be interesting to look at the history of pandemics and how much havoc they have wrought throughout the ages.

This is the way the world shrinks

The coronavirus pandemic -- yes, they’ve finally called it that -- is the latest challenge to globalization. Perhaps even the final one.

A new hope for our police

In times of panic and market free fall, in an era where corruption pervades and killings persist, a spark of light and a glimpse of new hope comes from our men and women in uniform, our police force. It is ironically one of the last offices in government where we, the citizenry, can expect change or pin our safety and well-being despite its long standing motto “to serve and to protect.”
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No delay in April 15 tax deadline

THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) cannot delay the April 15 deadline for filing and payment of income tax returns (ITR) because the date is set in law, Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III said, and urged taxpayers to use electronic channels instead to avoid crowds and minimize exposure to COVID-19.
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House appropriations panel to keep working on COVID-19 bills

THE House committee on appropriations plans to hold hearings during the Congressional break to tackle appropriations bills and stimulus packages seeking to address the COVID-19 outbreak.
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Senate minority backs session for budget to fight outbreak

THE Senate Minority bloc has called for a special session to allow Congress to pass a supplemental budget to help contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Metro Manila fuel supply seen sufficient for lockdown, Energy dep’t says

METRO MANILA has sufficient fuel in the duration of the 30-day “lockdown,” which the government formally calls a community quarantine, the Department of Energy (DoE) announced.

Flexible work ordered at ecozones as PEZA seeks free movement of goods

THE Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) said it has ordered work-from-home arrangements where possible and transportation arrangements for economic zone employees as Metro Manila goes into community quarantine for the COVID-19 outbreak.


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Will it be endgame now for 5% GIT?

Once again we wait to see if the Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Rationalization Act or the CITIRA bill (either House Bill No. 4157 or Senate Bill No. 1357) will pass into law this month. The bill is being repackaged for the third time after its predecessor bills were no legislated (TRAIN 2 and TRABAHO). If passed, CITIRA is expected to have a strong impact on Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA)-registered firms.

1,600 cops deployed to enforce metro lockdown

MANILA police deployed 1,600 cops and set up 56 checkpoints in the capital and nearby cities to monitor the movement of people after President Rodrigo R. Duterte ordered a lockdown to contain a novel coronavirus outbreak in the metro.
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Gaming regulator suspends gambling operations in metro

THE country’s gaming regulator suspended gambling operations for a month starting on Sunday, even as it allowed offshore gaming operations to continue with a minimal workforce.

438 Filipinos from US-based cruise ship to come home

THE government will bring home more than 400 Filipinos aboard the MV Grand Princess cruise ship docked in Oakland, California, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Sunday.

#COVID-19 Regional Updates

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTUAL workers will be compensated during the community quarantine period in Metro Manila, Senator Emmanuel Joel J. Villanueva said on Saturday evening.

Nationwide round-up

OVERSEAS FILIPINO workers (OFWs) in Kuwait and Qatar affected by the temporary flight ban imposed by these two countries will be given assistance by the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE).

Nation at a Glance — (03/16/20)

News stories from across the nation. Visit www.bworldonline.com (section: The Nation) to read more national and regional news from the Philippines.

UAAP scraps Season 82

WITH THE SPREAD of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) an ongoing and concerning threat, and in relation to the local measures put up to contain it, the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) at the weekend moved to cancel the remainder of Season 82.
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UFC Brasilia pushes through; Oliveira tops Lee

DESPITE global concerns on the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Fight Night 170 pushed through in Brasilia, Brazil, on Sunday (Manila time) with Brazilian Charles “Do Bronx” Oliveira topping American Kevin “The Motown Phenom” Lee in their lightweight battle.

PBA Press Corps Awards Night deferred to a later date

THE Annual PBA Press Corps Awards Night which was set to take place today has been moved to a later date in accordance with the guidelines set by the government as the National Capital Region went under “community quarantine” on Sunday to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

NBA in good hands

A lot has happened since Rudy Gobert playfully mocked in a presser last week safety precautions against the transmission of the novel coronavirus. Prior to leaving the premises, he went to the trouble of touching every microphone and voice recorder laid out in front of the table -- effectively belittling its capacity to spread. Never mind that the National Basketball Association had just instituted measures distancing players from members of the media in an effort to minimize, if not altogether eradicate, infection. And never mind that France, from which he hails, was then already hard-hit and fighting to contain it.