Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte questions FDA for okaying Ivermectin .-INQUIRER/GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE MANILA, Philippines — Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte decried the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of antiparasitic drug Ivermectin as “a way to appease lobbying politicians.” READ: FDA grants product registration for ivermectin as ‘anti-nematode drug’ The mayor believes FDA messed up by approving the controversial drug, which some sectors claim is a coronavirus cure. “Pero wishy-washy sila (But they’re) wishy-washy, if you noticed. There is a very gray stand on their part, like they allow it to be used in certain hospitals, they say there are certain effects, or they should not be used, prescribed, etc, but then, they have just approved it to be manufactured in the Philippines as an anti parasitic drug,” she said. She told ANC in an interview that “it’s actually a sign that they (FDA) would like to appease the politicians lobbying for it.” Belmonte went on to ... » Learn More about FDA approves Ivermectin ‘as a way to appease lobbying politicians’ – Belmonte
THE Dewan Rakyat is a sacred institution not only to the parliamentarians who debate in its hallowed halls but to all Malaysians as well. For the past few months, we have heard many quarters demanding for Parliament to reconvene in light of the surge in the number of Covid-19 cases nationwide. The reason given was that legislators needed to discuss ways to tackle the pandemic and hold the government accountable for its actions under the Emergency Ordinance. These seemed like perfectly acceptable reasons which every Malaysian could accept. But when the day finally came, we were in for a rude awakening as certain politicians showed their true colours in a spectacularly disgusting fashion. I do not want to delve into the details as much has been written and shared on the exchanges between supposed "Yang Berhormat" whose actions did not seem to merit such an honorific. I could not bear to watch the entire proceedings, but I did catch some snippets which were uploaded and shared ... » Learn More about Rude awakening as politicians showed their true colours
On a Sunday morning, former NTV7 and 8TV editor-in-chief Mohsin Abdullah suddenly sent me the video of the song " We're getting old, brothers " sung by Chinese singer Chen Min. I clicked and listened. Other than the singer's clean and almost ethereal voice, what stirred my emotions was the lyric that smoothly flowed into my ears. Time passes by quietly, Only the memories remain, Looking back, my brothers, It's already half a century! Our youth is slowly fading away, All that's left is remembrance, Thinking of my brothers in my dream, Life has not been easy. We're getting old, brothers, Take good care of your health in the remaining years, Let go of all the unhappiness, Don't keep it inside you, Brotherhood lasts the whole life, And we may not see one another again the next life, Let's find time to meet regularly, Have some wine and pour out our feelings, Understand more and show less temper. Time passes by quietly, Only the memories remain, ... » Learn More about Enough is enough!
IRRELEVANT QUESTIONS. Ilocos Norte Representative Rodolfo Fariu00f1as, Capiz Representative Fredenil Castro, 1-Ang Edukasyon Representative Salvador Belaro Jr, and Kabayan Representative Harry Roque all asked questions ranging from whether what was between Dayan and De Lima was u201ctrue loveu201d to when the two entered the u201cclimaxu201d of their relationship. MANILA, Philippines – Lawmakers in the House of Representatives crossed the line on Thursday, November 24, as they pounded Ronnie Dayan with questions about his intimate relationship with his former employer Senator Leila de Lima. The former aide and ex-lover of De Lima faced the House committee on justice two days after he was arrested in La Union. He has been accused of being De Lima's bagman in the illegal drug trade. Netizens were quick to criticize legislators who asked Dayan |irrelevant questions that sought to bring out juicy details about their relationship, but which had nothing to ... » Learn More about The House’s ‘climax’ congressmen: Who are they?
REPUBLICANS’ SHOW Michael van der Veen, lawyer for Donald Trump, gestures as he talks to a reporter about his role in a Black Lives Matter protest after the Senate voted to acquit the impeached president during his trial in Washington. —REUTERS WASHINGTON—The US Senate acquitted Donald Trump on Saturday in his second impeachment trial in a year, with fellow Republicans blocking conviction over the former president’s role in the deadly assault by his supporters on the US Capitol. US President Joe Biden, in a statement issued hours after the Senate failed to muster the two-thirds majority needed to convict Trump, said, “This sad chapter in our history has reminded us that democracy is fragile.” The Democratic leader said further that “while the final vote did not lead to a conviction, the substance of the charge is not in dispute. Even those opposed to the conviction, like Senate Minority Leader McConnell, believe Donald Trump was guilty of a ‘disgraceful dereliction of duty’ and ... » Learn More about ‘Democracy fragile,’ Biden says as Senate acquits Trump
Israel's president warned of a civil war between the country's Arabs and Jews on Wednesday, May 12, as fury and fear over shelling exchanges with Palestinian militants in Gaza ignited violence in Israel's streets. Appeals by religious and political leaders for calm, and police reinforcements and mass-arrests, appeared to do little to stem riots in several ethnically mixed towns. Israeli TV showed what it described as "near-lynchings" of Jewish and Arab motorists. The strife was touched off by sometimes violent pro-Palestinian protests by members of the Arab minority incensed at an Israeli air barrage launched on Gaza on Monday after Islamist Hamas-led militants fired salvoes of rockets across the border. A synagogue and cars were torched in the Tel Aviv suburb of Lod, motorists were stoned on some roads, and Palestinian flag-waving protesters scuffled with police in northern Haifa port. By Wednesday, police said the assaults appeared to be more by Jews ... » Learn More about Israeli president warns of civil war as Jews, Arabs clash over Gaza
Former Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog (Photo from Facebook page of the Iloilo City government) ILOILO CITY, Iloilo, Philippines — Former Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, who fled the country after he was repeatedly tagged by President Duterte in the illegal drug trade, has been cleared of charges related to his supposed ill-gotten wealth. The Court of Appeals (CA) reversed the Aug. 29, 2017, Ombudsman decision that found Mabilog guilty of serious dishonesty for unexplained wealth amounting to nearly P9 million due to lack of merit. In a 22-page decision promulgated on June 11, the appeals court’s 19th Division said Mabilog did not conceal or misrepresent the increase in his wealth by P8,981,082.52 in his 2013 statement of assets, liabilities and net worth. It noted that Mabilog submitted the 2013 tax reassessments of his wife, Marivic, in Canada which showed that she had a net income of C$140,944 or P5,883,002.56. “His wife’s income in 2013 already accounted for ... » Learn More about Ex-Iloilo mayor cleared of ill-gotten wealth rap
Celebrities defended the country's medical frontliners after President Rodrigo Duterte lashed out at them for airing their concerns over the continued rise in COVID-19 cases via the media. Actress Angel Locsin, who has been active in helping frontliners during the start of the lockdown reminded the government that COVID-19 was the enemy – and not the people. " Nung una, UP ang kalaban, ngayon naman health workers ,” she wrote in an Instagram stories Monday, August 3, a reference to Presidential spokesman Harry Roque’s earlier comment about "beating" projections from university researchers last June. (First, UP was the enemy, now it’s the health workers.) “ Pagsuporta ang kailangan, hindi pagsindak. COVID po ang kalaban, hindi ang mamamayan. ”(What they need is support and not threats. COVID is the enemy, not the people.) In a separate post, Angel apologized to medical frontliners and assured them that everyone is behind them in the struggle ... » Learn More about ‘COVID-19 is the enemy’: Stars defend medical frontliners against Duterte’s tirade
Show business is probably the last place to look for radical activism. That is, until recently, when a grassroots resistance was sparked among the stars. Despite the evidence presented, the House Panel on Friday, July 10 denied the franchise application of ABS-CBN Corporation, formally shutting down the country's largest broadcast network. Besides press freedom, this move has also killed the livelihood of 11,000 ABS-CBN employees, leaving them to fend for themselves amid a health crisis. As a result, there came an outpour of dissent among these employees online and on-ground. Among the primary casualties of this dispute, ABS-CBN's celebrities have had to face a dilemma: do they dare to speak out? Or should they keep mum as they've always had for most issues? Much to everyone's surprise, there was an influx of celebrities posting materials and hashtags on social media in solidarity with ABS-CBN. Kathryn Bernardo and Piolo Pascual, two of the network's ... » Learn More about [OPINION] Dear celebrities, activism is not a performance
FILE PHOTO: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, December 8, 2020. REUTERS/Manaure Quintero CARACAS — V enezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday called a letter sent by the Vatican’s foreign minister to local businesses, which urged Caracas politicians to take seriously negotiations to resolve the country’s crisis, a “compendium of hatred.” The letter from the Vatican’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, was read aloud by a Catholic Church representative on Tuesday evening at the annual assembly of Fedecamaras, the largest business federation in the heavily Roman Catholic South American country. A top government official attended that meeting for the first time in years in a sign of easing tensions between business leaders and the socialist government, as Maduro opens the economy in an effort to end a years-long recession in the once-prosperous OPEC nation. “When everyone is talking about producing and overcoming the economic crisis, an ... » Learn More about Venezuela’s Maduro calls Vatican letter a ‘compendium of hatred’