Francine Ciasico

Hong Kong clashes resume in shopping centers, streets

HONG KONG — Clashes resumed in Hong Kong on Tuesday between police and anti-government protesters, some of them donned in Santa Claus hats, as the more than 6-month-long demonstrations look set to move into the new year.

FDA warns public vs. 5 unregistered food products

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned the public against buying five unregistered food products.

Acosta accuses lawmakers of conflict of interest in PAO’s budget slash for forensic lab

Lawmakers connected with the law firm of Dengvaxia manufacturer Sanofi Pastuer have shown conflict of interest when they slashed the budget of the forensic laboratory of the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO), said PAO chief Persida Acosta.

A list of heroes

Yesterday, November 30, was Bonifacio day – a day set aside each year to honor a person recognized as a national hero. Andres Bonifacio, called the Father of the Katipunan, is a name synonymous with the proverbial “matapang na tao” – the Brave Man. We guess the label came from that image of him passed on from generation to generation of Filipinos: That of a bolo-wielding warrior who feared none – not even a colonizing force which had superior arms and superior military know-how.

The unknown day and hour

Jesus said to his disciples: “For as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. In those days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day that Noah entered the ark. They did not know until the flood came and carried them all away. So will it be also at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be out in the field; one will be taken, and one will be left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken, and one will be left. Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come. Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour of night when the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and not let his house be broken into. So too, you also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”