Editorials

By PHILIP S. CHUA, M.D., FACS, FPCS

THE industrial age has gifted the world with great advances in science and technology. However, we, humans, have neglected to prevent the expected adverse side effects on our environment of this quantum progress. As a result, we have contamination of the air we breathe (industrial pollutants), the water we drink (heavy metals), the food we eat (pesticide residues), which cause debilitating and deadly diseases; and destruction of the ozone layer, which increases our risk for the development of cancer, etc.

THE editorial of the Filipino Reporter's Oct. 29-Nov. 4, 2010 issue on plagiarism states that "for selfish reasons, the Supreme Court of the Philippines deviated from this norm when it cleared one of its members who was accused of plagiarizing four authors without attribution in a decision he wrote dismissing a petition of 70 Filipina comfort women during World War II."

DON’T expect President Benigno Aquino III to make a state visit to Washington anytime soon. Not that he dislikes the idea but it’s a matter of schedule, mostly, we surmise, on the part of the White House, which has to issue an official invitation for that to happen.

“I found that the men and women who got to the top were those who did the jobs they had in hand, with everything they had of energy and enthusiasm and hard work.”

— Harry S. Truman
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THE National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA)-Region I, in partnership with the Philippine Consulate in New York, will honor Efren Peñaflorida, CNN Hero of the Year 2009, with a reception to raise funds for his Kariton Klasrum (Pushcart Classroom) advocacy.

ACCORDING to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), between five and 20 percent of the U.S. population develops influenza each year leading to more than 200,000 hospitalizations for related complications and about 36,000 deaths, says the November 2010 issue of the UCLA Division of Geriatrics’ Healthy / Years.

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