As Compared To Metro Manila, Boracay Island Is 10x Cleaner

By Fernan J. Angeles

FOR the past several weeks, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), which has its central office in Metro Manila, has been doing publicity stunts in Boracay amid what they describe as “an alarming environmental crisis” in the world’s most popular summer getaway. 

Boracay Island, which is 443.6 kilometers away from the DENR head office, is now on the verge of a total lock-up in an apparent effort of the government to “rehabilitate” what is left of its world-famous white sand beaches. 

According to government press statements on the ecological crisis in…

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Sharing data, gadgets with loved ones can pose security threats


By Rose de la Cruz 

Kaspersky Lab showed that while sharing digital devices is very much part of building a modern relationship it must be accompanied by a joint responsibility for Internet security.

Kaspersky undertook a study, which showed that 82 percent of couples share devices with each other. For example, 8-in-10 share computers with their partners and half share access to their smartphones. 77 percent also share an account of some description, whether for entertainment, banking, shopping, or other joint activities, with their partner.

This can create issues for couples – a concerned 28% of cyber savvy partners say…

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Duterte skips special summit of ASEAN-Australia in Sydney


Leaders of ASEAN gather for a pose at the the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit held last March 18. Photo from ASEAN website.

By Rose de la Cruz 

President Duterte was a no-show at the low-key special summit of Australia with the Association of Southeast Asian nations (ASEAN), whose 640 million population is a vital market and a strategic fallback should anything untoward happen in the region with China’s aggressive military and avowed financial overtures. 

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said Duterte skipped the Australia-ASEAN summit, marking the 14th anniversary of Australia’s ties with the bloc, to be able to attend the…

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 Unhappy With Divorce

By Luchie A. Arguelles

IN PHILIPPINE setting the mere thought of divorce is a big taboo. There was a time when it was a non-issue and, if unavoidable, was discussed hush-hush.

Last Monday, House representatives approved on third and final reading HB 7303, a bill legalizing absolute divorce and dissolution of marriage. It garnered a vote of 134 for, 57 against, and two abstentions.

The No. 1 supporter of the proposed divorce law is House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez who, himself, is separated from the chairman of the Congressional Spouses Foundation, Emy Apostol Alvarez. In fact, the speaker has made public…

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As Boracay Closes, A Casino Rises

By Fernan J. Angeles 

THE closure of hotels and resorts in Boracay is not about environmental degradation after all.

From the looks of it, the supposed shutdown and demolition of non-compliant resorts in the world famous island resort could be part of a grand plan to evict establishments standing on the way of a big casino which would be built and operated by a Macau-based gambling firm Galaxy Entertainment Group Limited (GEGL). 

In a press statement, Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (KPNE) assailed the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), which recently hinted on allowing Macau gambling kingpin…

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