HIV-AIDS claims 73 lives, 452 in advanced stages



By Rose de la Cruz



The menace of HIV-AIDS has claimed 73 lives and 452 sufferers are in advanced stages of the disease, with great chances of not making it.


This is according to the Department of Health records, which Reps. Bernadette Herrera-Dy (Bagong Henerasyon) Ron Salo (Kabayan) partylists added is aggravated by the sharing of needles that is prevalent among illegal drug users in Central Visayas (where 49 drug injection users tested positive for HIV).


Salo said sharing of needles has emerged as a new high-risk behavior in the faster spread of HIV-AIDS…

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Will frats, sororities stop after UST suspends them



By Rose de la Cruz


Officials of the University of Santo Tomas has ordered the suspension of all fraternities and sororities in the school system effective school year 2018-2019. But will this suspension really completely stop these societies from operating? They could easily go underground as had happened in the past (particularly during the Martial law years).

 The memorandum came eight months after freshman law student Horacio “Atio” Castillo III died from apparent hazing last September 2017.

 In a memorandum issued by the UST’s Office of the Student Affairs said recruitment and other activities of the said…

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A glamorous way to launch farming


By Rose de la Cruz 

Farming, for the most part, is associated with the unlettered, lowly and overworked rural planter whose toils feed the population. 

Quite a few wealthy people take delight (as a weekend hobby) in soiling their hands and getting callouses on their feet and soft hands as a result of long exposure to soil, sand and chemicals from fertilizers and pesticides, which for many have caused severe illnesses.

 But SM Foundation Inc. and SM Aura Premier management took urban gardening a notch or two higher by launching on Wednesday at the 5th floor Skypark in BGC…

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Do we need a supplemental budget to cushion inflation upticks?


By Rose de la Cruz 

With the twin pressures of rising inflation—brought about by skyrocketing fuel prices abroad that is feared to reach $100 per barrel and a continuous weakening of the peso that would push the cost of borrowing money—there might be a need to create a supplemental budget to cushion these economic disruptions. 

This, as far as Rep. Michael Romero is concerned would force the country to adopt measures to prevent runaway inflation (as a result of pressures for higher wages, transport fares and utility costs). 

“Considering these developments, we ask the economic managers of the…

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National Fuel Reserve pushed


By Rose de la Cruz 

To shield the country from mad swings in fuel prices—a cartelized commodity abroad—Rep. Ciriaco Calalang of Kabayan partylist is proposing the creation of a national fuel reserve under the control of the Energy Regulatory Commission. 

“Our country needs a fuel reserve inventory similar in concept to the rice inventory of the National Food Authority” (even if NFA’s inventory function is largely a failure). 

The fuel reserve can be placed under the control of the Secretary of Energy or of the Energy Regulatory Commission. The reserve can be stocked with fuel bought when crude oil and…

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