OpinYon Back Stories: Who is Kim Wong?

HE BECAME one of the most prominent and controversial figures in the country after the $81-billion Bangladesh Bank heist came into a head barely few weeks before the 2016 presidential elections.

Kim Wong (or Kam Sin Wong) found himself in the middle of the Bangladesh Bank scandal after he admitted receiving P1 billion of the loot which was coursed through the New York Federal Bank Reserve.

Testimonies by RCBC branch manager Maia Deguito pointed out to Wong as the man who introduced her to Jessie Christopher Lagrosas, Enrico Teodoro Vasquez, Michael Fransisco Cruz and Alfred Santos Vergara, the alleged recipients…

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Technologies for Universal Healthcare

By Ike Seneres

AS I understand it, universal healthcare means that “anyone should be able to access healthcare anytime from anywhere at any time”. That would be the classic mantra.

Based on the brick and mortar paradigm, that should mean that anyone should be admitted and treated in any hospital at any time, regardless of whether he or she has health insurance or not.

Having health insurance or not is actually the biggest issue, because any hospital has to be paid, no matter what.

That is the reason why they would refuse to admit patients if they do not have…

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El Niño cuts Mindanao corn output

It was in March 2015, when the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) confirmed the onset of El Niño in the country.

Though the PAGASA said in its advisory last February 2016 that on-going El Niño is gradually weakening, Anthony Lucero – officer-in-charge of state weather bureau PAGASA's Climate Monitoring and Prediction Section – have said that climate change is seen to worsen the effects of El Niño and that the most vulnerable is the Mindanao.

According to Anthony Lucero, Mindanao – the country’s largest corn producer - is the region in the Philippines most vulnerable to the…

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PALAWAN MINERS STRIKE OVER UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICES

AROUND 200 miners have decided to hold a legal strike at the mine site of Citinickel Mines and Development Corporation (SMDC) in Barangay Bato-Bato, Narra, Palawan to dramatize their protest against their protest over what they described as unfair labor practices by the management.

The workers are decrying the company’s continued policy of contractualization, union busting and illegal termination, the union’s mother federation the Associated Labor Unions (ALU) announced .

“The members of the union have reached the decision to resort to stage a legal strike after the law-prescribed series of government labor arbiter-supervised mediation talks between the workers and the…

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Pinoys learn climate change adaptation in Vietnam

The agriculture and fishery sector plays a major role in the country’s economy, as it provides food and vital raw materials for the rest of the economy. As the sector grows, it also benefits majority of Filipino farming and fishing families, lifting them up from poverty.

With more than two-thirds or 70% of the country’s poor coming from the rural areas where agriculture is the primary source of livelihood and employment, the present administration as well as the previous ones has consistently recognized the critical importance of the agri-fishery sector.

The major challenge facing the sector in recent years is…

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