Manila Times


  • Better education needed on vaccines
    THE news on Thursday that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had ordered a temporary halt to the use of the AstraZeneca AZD1222 vaccine was most alarming, not because the decision was questionable — it was certainly correct from a medical perspective — but because of the impact the news is likely to have on […]
  • PH should retire the word ’Filipina’ to denote nationality for Filipino women
    IT is striking and primeval that the Filipino nation virtually stands alone in the world in having one nationality name for its male citizens (Filipino) and another for its female citizens (Filipina). In the official Filipino dictionary today, whose alphabet firmly includes the letter “F,” there is no entry of the noun ”Filipina.” In the […]
  • The ‘smoking gun’ at the bottom of the ocean
    ON March 23, Filipino oceanographer Deo Florence Onda and American explorer Victor Vescovo made a remarkable journey to the Emden Deep, the deepest spot in the Philippine Trench east of Mindanao. The event was historic in the sense that it was the first manned mission to the third deepest ocean depth on Earth and that […]
  • Misinformation is the pandemic we can cure
    IT is unsurprising, considering the great fear and worry the surge of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) is causing in the Philippines right now, but the equal surge in recklessly spread misinformation, or “fake news” if you like, is nevertheless alarming. The issue is most obvious in the ongoing controversy over the drug ivermectin and […]
  • People need convincing justification for unending quarantine
    HEALTH officials and government communicators should not just surrender to laziness and cliché in justifying or explaining the government’s decision to impose another week of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) scheme on the National Capital Region and four adjoining provinces. This restrictive intervention, which government itself calls a lockdown, has now ruled the designated areas […]

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