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‘In effect, but undeclared’

CHINA has been imposing air, and even maritime, travel restrictions against other countries, especially the weaker ones that include the Philippines, in the South China Sea (SCS) for years, but has not officially declared its enforcement of its air defense identification zone (ADIZ), perhaps for the sake of...

Key destinations in Palawan lose over P3 billion in tourism receipts

THE era of mass tourism is over. As far as Gov. Jose Ch. Alvarez is concerned, tourists for Palawan will be “selective, targeted, prioritized.” Last year, he said, the entire province recorded some 150 million in tourist arrivals. In a news briefing live from El...

Black businesses see increased sales amid racial reckoning

By Philip Marcelo | The Associated Press BOSTON—When Mahdi Hashemian was looking for a bicycle for his seven-year-old daughter Zeynab last week, the Cambridge, Massachusetts, resident decided to skip his local cycle shops in favor of a Black-owned one a few miles away in Boston’s...

U.S. unemployment falls to 11% but new shutdowns are under way

WASHINGTON—US unemployment fell to 11.1 percent in June as the economy added a solid 4.8 million jobs, the government reported Thursday. But the job-market recovery may already be faltering because of a new round of closings and layoffs triggered by a resurgence of the coronavirus.

5G race, into the homestretch

Imagine this: Hundreds of drones, each one tinier than a grain of rice, being intravenously injected into your body. Remotely controlled by trained doctors, these drones will “search and destroy” with 100...

Nuke power in PHL back on the agenda

One of President Duterte’s “achievements” during his official visit to Russia on October 2, 2019, was a memorandum of intent signed by officials of both countries “to jointly explore the prospects...

Third telco threat and national security

Will the entry of a third telecom player in the country bring about the much-needed reform in the industry? I seriously doubt it. It’s going to be a security...

What’s in store for commerce after lockdown

Conclusion IF there’s one good thing that came out of the monthslong quarantine, it’s the rise of many informal entrepreneurs who have been able to sustain the circulation of...

What’s in store for commerce after lockdown

First of two parts The government has finally eased the restrictions it imposed during what could be the world’s longest lockdown meant to impede the Covid-19 spread which has...

The pandemic diaries

The Philippines now faces the ignominy of being dead-last among countries considered safest in Asia-Pacific in the wake of the pandemic, according to the list prepared by Hong Kong-based venture capital firm...

The pandemic diaries

Unless things turn out for the worse, it looks like the country is about to face the new normal after May 31. The government has approved the recommendations of the Inter-Agency Task...

The pandemic diaries

It’s been almost eight weeks since we were all placed under house arrest. The pandemic, the cause of it all, has shown no visible signs of slowing down despite global efforts to...
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‘In effect, but undeclared’

CHINA has been imposing air, and even maritime, travel restrictions against other countries, especially the weaker ones that include the Philippines, in the South China Sea (SCS) for years, but has not officially declared its enforcement of its air defense identification zone (ADIZ), perhaps for the sake of...

Key destinations in Palawan lose over P3 billion in tourism receipts

THE era of mass tourism is over. As far as Gov. Jose Ch. Alvarez is concerned, tourists for Palawan will be “selective, targeted, prioritized.” Last year, he said, the entire province recorded some 150 million in tourist arrivals. In a news briefing live from El...

Black businesses see increased sales amid racial reckoning

By Philip Marcelo | The Associated Press BOSTON—When Mahdi Hashemian was looking for a bicycle for his seven-year-old daughter Zeynab last week, the Cambridge, Massachusetts, resident decided to skip his local cycle shops in favor of a Black-owned one a few miles away in Boston’s...
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