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Pasha presidency

Wednesday, 18 April 2018 15:29 Written by
On Tuesday, Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol capped his victory over Secretary to the Cabinet Leoncio Evasco Jr. by releasing photos of a Monday night Cabinet meeting in which the media was pointedly informed that Evasco did not attend. Some reports…

China military planes land on PH reef

Wednesday, 18 April 2018 11:37 Written by
Two Chinese military transport planes have been photographed on Panganiban Reef, marking the first reported presence of this type of aircraft in Philippine territory in the South China Sea and raising the prospect that China will base warplanes there.Panganiban Reef…

Federalism or Duterte fails

Wednesday, 18 April 2018 05:45 Written by
YES, you read it right. Either we have federalism or Duterte ends up a failure. That is the single most vital endgame that Duterte will put all his political capital on.We never had any political reform in the past six…

Is Duterte a dictator?

Tuesday, 17 April 2018 15:57 Written by
The answer is not as simple as one would like, and the reasoning is necessarily nonlinear.Part of the reason this is so lies in the Philippines’ own recent history of dictatorship. Ferdinand Marcos, a consummate lawyer, created an elaborate legal…

Call his bluff

Tuesday, 17 April 2018 15:00 Written by
At one point during the hearings by the House of Representatives’ committee on justice on the impeachment case against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, Mindoro Oriental Rep. and committee chair Reynaldo Umali said a mouthful against Larry Gadon, the lawyer…

The pattern in Marawi and Boracay

Monday, 16 April 2018 13:35 Written by
Many moons ago, I made the obligatory trip to Boracay with the preconceived notion of an “island paradise.” It was raining cats and dogs when I reached the Caticlan jetty. Disembarking on the island, I was dropped off at the…

Will Filipinos stand up for Ombudsman?

Monday, 05 February 2018 16:38 Written by
SINGAPORE — Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Arthur Carandang’s preventive suspension is genius. It is indubitably not legal. But it could be made legal.In April 2010, Senior Insp. Rolando Mendoza held a bus of Hong Kong tourists at gunpoint. He asked to…

Is Manila still imperial to warrant federalism?

Monday, 05 February 2018 16:12 Written by
After Imelda Marcos’ not guilty verdict in New York in 1990, the codictator repaired to a Filipino pub for a victory fête. Filipino supporters came in humongous droves. To say that it was SRO was an understatement. Media recall: “Hindi…
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