Punchline

Fighting COVID-19 with technology By Ermin Garcia Jr.   THERE is a chance for our country to defeat COVID-19. It is not so much about the vaccine and treatment as much as stopping its contagion, the exponential spread of the virus! This is the very reason why we are all initially asked to stay home […]

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G Spot

Are you prepared to die? By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo   THAT question was asked of me by an agent of a firm selling memorial plans. It appeared then that she had a plan, and I bought into it. Somehow, I thought, it was an essential preparation so as not to burden loved ones with my […]

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Sports Eye

COVID-19 delays Tokyo Olympics 2020 By Jesus A. Garcia, Jr. LUZON has been on lockdown and no daily national newspapers arrive in the province. I just read some of the latest sports news through the Internet and TV, and the most talked about is the plan to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games originally […]

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Random Thoughts

Life in COVID-19 era By Leonardo Micua   FOR the past two weeks of observance of the Enhanced Community Quarantine in our little corner in Bonuan, we didn’t dare to go out in faithful compliance with the order, except on Fridays when we had to put the final copy of The PUNCH for the week to bed, so to speak. Like many others, I’ve been on a work-from-home arrangement but was always ready to cover breaking stories. Thankfully, […]

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Feelings

To a parent here and gone! By Jing Villamil   I WROTE this for my parents. My father never got to read it; he was a desaparecido during the turmoil of the last year of the Marcos era, 30March1984. My mother placed it, stretched inside a rounded frame, at the center shelf of her bed […]

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Punchline

Is there life after COVID-19? By Ermin Garcia Jr.   FOR humans whose emotional strength and bond arise from physical closeness, how does one explain, invoke and demand social distancing as a way of life?  To stay away from everyone? Not only it is simply incomprehensible, it is unnatural. It is not what and how […]

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General Admission

Man of the masses speaks from the heart By Al S. Mendoza    IN his recent TV appearance addressing the Filipino people about the COVID-19 outbreak, President Duterte was in his usual down-to-earth mode. Naturally, no speech. Only words plucked out from the heart. No frills. No bombast. No showboating. Just plain Digong, your typical […]

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G Spot

Managing Epidemics: Contemporary Lessons from Asian Countries By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo   LUZON, the biggest of the three island groups in the Philippines, has been placed under quarantine until 12 April 2020, coinciding with the end of Holy Week, to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. It is the first country to place its capital […]

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