Commentaries (177)

KRIS-CROSSING MINDANAO: History beyond Bud Dajo obscured

Monday, 26 September 2016 11:07 Written by
IT WAS the Maguindanao Moro filmmaker Teng Mangansakan who alerted me to a forgotten past. Last August, Teng revisited the place that had become rather obscure in the Mindanao mind. It is called Malisbong, but few would want to remember…

‘Daang Duterte’

Saturday, 24 September 2016 10:29 Written by
The Duterte administration will complete its first 100 days two weeks from now, but even now has made it undeniably clear that change has come—and how! Perhaps many would view these first 100 days as unprecedentedly replete with fundamental changes…

Saga

Friday, 23 September 2016 11:49 Written by
From the looks of it, we are in for another one of those protracted congressional hearings that go on and on as would a saga, an epic or a telenovela.The hearing at the House last Tuesday consumed my day. I…

A VIEW FROM THE CENTER: Federalism’s advantages over unitarism

Thursday, 22 September 2016 11:19 Written by
Why is it that a huge majority of Filipinos choose a federally managed country as a target of migration (US, Australia, European)? Freedom loving people seem to intuitively know the advantages and beauty of a federal country over one like…

Saving Duterte

Tuesday, 20 September 2016 11:56 Written by
“THE STRONG do as they will... The weak suffer as they must.”The Greek historian Thucydides made that memorable observation to describe the behavior of states as they struggled for power and survival in the Aegean region in 416 B.C. One…

Tips from Malaysia’s federalism

Monday, 19 September 2016 12:43 Written by
Much discussed these days is the Philippines’ proposed shift to a federal structure of government. This proposal, which is at the core of the Duterte Administration’s reform program, would transfer significant portions of powers from the present centralized unitary government…

A VIEW FROM THE CENTER: First we have to clean up the electoral mess

Friday, 16 September 2016 11:41 Written by
  There are voices in the Philippine discussion about federalism who predict a disaster if ever a federalist system is established.I am afraid they are right. As a German, I strongly believe in the advantages of a federal system for…

The newest, yet hidden, Philippine oligarch isn’t even Filipino: Anthoni Salim

Tuesday, 13 September 2016 10:09 Written by
  First of Two PartsThis is how bad our country has become. The newest, yet hidden oligarch in the Philippines isn’t even a Filipino: He is the Indonesian magnate Anthoni Salim.If President Duterte tries to make a list of oligarchs…
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