Are we losing our sense of family?


Are we treating our elderly right?

By Rose de la Cruz


Filipinos are widely- known as family-centered and particularly loving and caring of their lolos and lolas, unlike the Westerners who stash their elderly to the care of staff in homes for the aged. In fact, even the young, those in junior and senior high school in Western cultures are being encouraged to leave the safety of their parental homes in favor of independence.


Recent years, however, showed that more Filipinos are adopting the Western practice. They, too, have learned to rid themselves of the responsibility of…

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DDOS attacks rise by a third in Q3



By Rose de la Cruz


The number of DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks rose by a third (32 percent) in the third quarter compared to 30 percent in the previous quarter primarily due to the spike in malicious activity in autumn, according to statistics of (global cybersecurity company) Kaspersky. Of these attacks, 53 percent were done in September alone.


Kaspersky also reported that 60 percent of the attacks that were prevented were conducted against schools and electronic journal sites.


The rise is mostly from simple types of attack while in the previous quarter, the total growth stemmed…

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Bill against vaping



By Rose de la Cruz


So much has been posted on Facebook and Twitter about the ill effects of vaping and the menace posed by vaporized nicotine and other liquefied chemicals to public health.


Yet the users of vapes openly spew artificially- scented smoke in the streets and parking lots, where foot traffic is high and potential unknowing second-hand and third- hand “smokers” could acquire the diseases caused by vaping.


Rep. Bernadette Herrera of Bagong Henerasyon partylist said the "confirmation of the first case of illness directly-attributable to vaping ascertains vaping as a new public…

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Resolving the plastics crisis



By Rose de la Cruz


The plastics crisis has gripped not just the Philippines, but the entire planet as well and all life forms (in the seas, air and land) are being threatened to extinction by plastics waste.


President Duterte has resolved to bank plastics, which is being strongly supported by Congress, including three of his opponents in the Nationalista Party.


Yet between the passage of the law, and its enforcement lies a big difference in the approach to remove plastics without forcing manufacturers to stop using plastics or infusing a small part of plastics…

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3 pending House Bills are a waste of people's money


By Rose de la Cruz


Three pending bills in the House of Representatives which seeks to make early retirement at 56 lucrative for civil servants to leave early so fresh blood can be infused in the state offices seem to be a waste of people’s money.


Why in the first place are we in a hurry to retire those still wanting and still able to work in government and ensuring a good compensation so they leave and get in fresh minds into the system?


This contravenes what President Duterte has been working for—removing the age restriction…

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