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A good intentioned President decides to appoint as Heath Secretary a staunch advocate for herbal medicine. Oh.... and the appointee isn't an MD -  she just holds a certificate in heath care given by a prestigious academic institution that previously required enrollees to have an undergraduate degree. 

Of course the academic institution was funded in part by the family of the appointee.

But I digress.

After the appointment, the Health Secretary designate begins to wage a war vs Big Pharma. Citing social justice. Saying that the Big Pharma companies are greedy, taking too big profits while the rest of the country remained poor. And insisting that people choose herbals - she even demonstrates a few produced by a firm connected with her family while singing in a video published on social media. When doctors speak out against her campaign she and her allies call them "paid hacks" of Big Pharma. 

And she says that legislators who question her competence for the post were paid by Big Pharma to oppose her.

She then begins to issue closure orders. Unilab, the country's largest pharma company, is issued a closure order. Mercury Drug starts to run out of stock. Hospitals are in turmoil. People start buying herbs to grow at home and to chew. 

Anti Big Pharma clergy - to show their principles -resort to faith healing instead of surgery. (Hahaha- as if!!!)

Is this a possible scenario? 

What will happen to Heath care in the Philippines? 

And what do we do with Science? And Research? Which cost billions? 

Passion is a plus in a government employee. More for those higher up- who remain government EMPLOYEES no matter how f*****g high up they are, by the way. 

But passion misplaced is dangerous. Anywhere. Under any circumstance. And more so when the public interest is at stake. 

Of the Philippines' 30 million hectares less than 100,000 hectares is being mined. That's 1/3 of 1% of our total national territory! Vehicular exhaust does more real damage, everyday, than mining does. But mining is portrayed as one of the biggest if not the biggest reason for our environmental despoliation. For our loss of forest cover (false, NEDA points out). For the destruction of our water bodies (population Growth and urbanization and untreated human waste are the primary causes, says NEDA). And mining is even blamed for earthquakes. (False again - but who cares?)

In a few days legislators will pass on the fitness of the nominee to the post of DENR Secretary. If I had a vote I will vote no. The nominee should go back to being an advocate. She is emotionally and mentally suited for that. But definitely not for the job of administrator of laws and implementer of policy. 

The job desperately calls for a person with a totally different mental and emotional predisposition and academic background.

Surely love of country and of the poor is not the entire monopoly of one person??? All we need to look for is someone with those qualities and the additional mental and emotional firmness backed by academic competence and scientific understanding to firmly and fairly enforce the environmental laws of this country! 

(Ability to sing well is a plus.)

Trust me there are people out there who meet these criteria. They just don't have the backing of an oligarchy-owned media giant to plug for her as she plugs for the family interest.



  • MALIKSI tops Tenorio and Romeo to win PBA 3-Point Contest 2017

    By Elishah Pangilinan

    STAR Hotshots Allein Maliksi  has overthrow Ginkings favorite L.A Tenorio  and dethroned GlobalPort's Terrence Romeo as the PBA  All-Star 3-point contest champion.

  • ’17 PBA All-Star Game action shifts to Lucena

    FOLLOWING a successful leg in Mindanao on Wednesday, the week-long Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) All-Star Game festivities swing back to Luzon for the second stop today in Lucena, Quezon.

    Taking place at the Quezon Convention Center, it is now time for the Luzon All-Stars to test the Gilas Pilipinas pool, which is preparing for the Southeast Asian Basketball Championship next month, in the main event.

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Moving in 2017
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VANCOUVER, CANADA -  The new year always brings new hope, opportunities, and changes. “Move” looks like the theme of 2017.

In Vancouver, British Columbia, Filipinos and Canadians make their new year’s resolutions and express their hopes for the year of the fire rooster.

OPM star Joey Albert who is now based in Canada prays for more concerts in Manila and more quality time for her two daughters who are both athletes.

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Basketball for Christmas

The Knights of Columbus (Kof C) of the Don Bosco Council 10277 - Our Lady of Good Council Church Surrey BC celebrated Christmas in an exciting and enjoyable way – by playing basketball.

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Pinoys play b-ball in Canada

 VANCOUVER, CANADA-   One of the Filipinos’ favorite sports is basketball. And Filipinos in Canada are no different.

                In the recently concluded ICSA Filipino Basketball League in Vancouver, the Sto. Nino team successfully defended their title against Ron’s team 47-40, cementing their legacy as one of the most successful Filipino basketball teams in Vancouver.

“It is a satisfying victory,” said team manager and coach Michael Castro.

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  • Arum moving Crawford & Bradley to Showtime?

    Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is interested in moving several of his top fighters – Terence Crawford, Vasyl Lomachenko and Tim Bradley – to Showtime Boxing in order to get them fight dates. According to Arum, HBO doesn’t have the available budget to get fight dates for all of these guys.

  • Terence Crawford dominates Viktor Postol

    THIS is a match-up of the highest calibre. After winning a world title at lightweight against Ricky Burns, and subsequently defending in style against Yuriorkis Gamboa and Ray Beltran, Terence Crawford stepped up to super-lightweight to win the WBO title there.







    19 July 2016 - MANILA: Mario Sismundo, who will fight on July 30 for the World Series of Fighting Global Championship 3: Philippines vs. the World card at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, says that he is more than just Manny Pacquiao’s doppelgänger.

    Mario, who once doubled for Manny Pacquiao for a TV commercial, and also hails from General Santos City, also has plans of his own to be a world-renowned fighter.   

    The resemblance is striking, in fact, when he trains at Fitbox Gym in Makati, he is often mistaken as Manny Pacquiao.

    Sismundo says, “Sobrang na inspire ako na kamukha ko si Manny Pacquiao kasi yung kamukha ko o kahawig ko ay di ordinaryong tao, kungdi, sikat sa buong mundo dahil sa kanyang galing sa boxing, at isa pa siyang Senador ngayon.  Baka sa pagtiyatiyaga at sipag sa mga laban ko, isang araw, masundan ko rin ang yapak ng idolo ko.”

    Sismundo continues, “Malaking bagay na nakasali ako sa ganitong kalaking organization, na galing pating Amerika.  Tulad sa akin, na galing sa General Santos City na matagal nang naghintay ng pagkakataon makalaban sa malaking audience, malaking bagay po talaga.  Matagal ko po itong pinangarap at dinasal.”

    This will be Mario Sismundo’s biggest fight in his entire boxing and MMA career, fighting for the first time in a 15,000-seater stadium in Quezon City, alongside fighters from all over the world.

    Sismundo says that his family, specially his father, has been supportive of his career all this time.  

    It is bittersweet though that at the biggest fight of his life, wherein his fight will be the co-main event on July 30, that his father won’t be able to watch it since he passed away just weeks ago. 

    “Sa pinakamalaking laban ng buhay ko, na matagal niyang hinintay, wala na siya…pero hindi iyon hadlang para ako manghina o mawalan ng gana lumaban, bagkos, lalo ko pang pag-iigihan ang training ko para manalo sa laban na ito, dahil inaalay ko sa kanya ang laban na ito”, Sismundo says.

    “At alam ko kahit wala na ang aking ama, manonood siya kahit nasa ibang mundo na siya”, adds Sismundo.

    WSOF-GC will host WSOF-GC 3 Philippines at Smart Araneta Coliseum on July 30, 2016. Tickets start at PHP300 with ringside seats available for PHP4000. Tickets are now on sale at Smart Araneta Coliseum has been host to many great events over the years, but is most notably known for Ali vs Frazier III ‘The Thrilla in Manila’.

  • Dana White responds to 'biggest dirtbag in all of sports,' Bob Arum: I look forward to continuing to kick his ass

    Top Rank Boxing CEO Bob Arum recently took a handful of swipes at the UFC, claiming not only that the promotion is paying off lobbyists to avoid added government regulation but also that drug use in the sport far outweighed that of boxing.

Sports Bisaya

  • Blue girls beat Czechs

    The Philippines' Blu Girls  Softball Team beat strong opponent Czech Republic to remain in the top 16.

    The team is in Surrey, BC to compete against 30 other counties.


    Ni Daniel Quindao Guden 


    Maple Grove City, Minnesota - DUHA ka mga NBA players ang gipili-an si Jimmy Butler o si D'Angelo Russell, kini ang gitutokan karon pag-ayo ni Tom "Thibs" Thibodeau ang bag-ong head coach ug president sa Basketball Operations sa Minnesota Timberwolves.

    Sa ni-aging semana nagbansiwag sa mga Mantalaan sa Minnesota State ug Online news ang taho nga si Chicago Bulls guard/forward Butler ang gitinguha sa Timberwolves management nga mahitapo sa Land of Ten Thousand Lakes Minnesota team bugti sa no. 5 overall pick sa rookie drafting sunod semana.


  • Nazal is new Rotary Prexy

    By Robbie Pangilinan

    Robert Gerard Nazal II, president of YSA Skin Care Corporation, is the new President of Rotary Club of Sta. Mesa, Quezon City. He will assume leadership following the awards night at the One Shangri-la Place, Ortigas on July 27.

  • Sangyaw was a success
    By Robbie Pangilinan
    Tacloban City’s celebration of its 127th Sangyaw Festival was a success.

    The month-long festivities capped off with the inauguration and oathtaking of Mayor-elect Cristina Gonzales-Romualdez and the members of the local city government on June 30.