Sunday, April 5, 2020


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COVID-19: Paracetamol, ibuprofen and other anti-fever drugs should be avoided

"Fever in most cases should not be interfered with unless it exceeds 40°C. The age-old practice of frequent, vigorous sponge bath with warm water, with adequate fluid intake, is probably still the best management option."

Kalusugan at politika: Ang usapin ng buhay at kamatayan sa panahon ng COVID-19

"Sa mga solusyon na naisip ng gobyerno, hindi nila naisip ang mga maralita. Dahil wala pang laganap na testing, walang paraan ang karaniwang mamamayan na malaman kung nakuha na ba nila ang sakit. Maaari tayong mamatay nang hindi natin alam kung ano ang dahilan."

Food Aid for the Poor Now!

"By helping our farmers cope with the problems they face in selling their produce, we can also help alleviate the hunger and health risks that our predominantly poor population are experiencing."

Gospel of Life’s Rising in the Valley of Dry Bones

"The exilic situation of prophet Ezekiel's Israel is not remote to our present planetary situation. We are as separated from our "common home", and as hopeless and lifeless as the exiled nation of our text, whence these words come as a timely gospel to us in our situation."

Remembering my Mom and her Concoctions

"I firmly think that like all other moms, my mother, bless her soul, applied Vicks to all my maladies out of love. Like depicted on radio ads of old and TV ads later, she was the mom who wanted to alleviate my colds, my wounds and sores, headaches, fever, itches and whatever with Vicks VapoRub."

The Blame Game

"The typical Pinoy patient is more of a Pinoy than a patient - hindi pupunta sa iyo iyan hangga't maaari, hangga't kaya. This 'para-paraan' mentality transcends every aspect of our lives as citizens and as a nation."

Lessons from the 1990 Earthquake Response

"The pandemic is a global war on an invisible enemy. At times like this, it is vital to call upon technical people and specialists for assistance, and to listen to the people on the ground who are at the end of the incompetent response."

“Fake news” provision threatens freedom of the press, expression

"In times of crisis, when the swift delivery of accurate information to our people is vital, we need more, not less, independent reporting."

On the red-tagging of our Ilocos Correspondent Paola Espiritu

This pattern of branding journalists and alternative media outfits critical to the government as communist rebels or sympathizers of the underground movement is a cause for concern and fear. It has become a hallmark for more dangerous things to come from trumped-up charges to extrajudicial killing.

On the Death of more than a Bosom Friend

"I still can still see his fierce face and veins coursing his arms when he clenches his fist whenever he declaims his favorite poem during the earlier First Quarter Storm cultural presentations of urban activists."

Sensing God’s radical presence while a pandemic rages on

"The COVID-19 pandemic happens not in a vacuum but in a world afflicted by the virus of unloved and injustice and scandalous separation from one another."

The COVID-19 pandemic brings to the fore the economic divide

COVID-19 has laid bare the class contradictions in Philippine society. Not only has it exposed the private sector for what it is – a profiteering class of capitalists, but it has also exposed the government and its institutions for what they are – tools of the same profiteering class to ensure that they can continue profiting.