Commentaries (177)

Angry and divided: The state of the nation that the President must address

Thursday, 27 July 2017 10:58 Written by
PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte delivered his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) last Monday, July 24.I am sure many of my colleagues in the opinion-making business, the academic pundits, the rogue and not-so-rogue scholars, will have their own take on…

What explains Duterte’s popularity: Bravery

Wednesday, 26 July 2017 10:14 Written by
HUMANITY for most of its 250,000 years as a species lived in tribes or collections of tribes, in constant struggle against other tribes, or predators. We haven’t really changed. We still choose and admire leaders who demonstrate that particular quality:…

Area vs sector policies

Thursday, 20 July 2017 13:21 Written by
IN my previous column, I posited the need to redefine the political spectrum from “left-right” to “area-sector” wherein Area represents the direct interests of local communities and their geography/territory or area, including its physical environment, and Sector represents the specific…

Ang’s PDI takeover breaks Indonesian Salim’s hold on PH media

Wednesday, 19 July 2017 10:57 Written by
MAGNATE Ramon Ang’s acquisition of the Prieto/Rufino clan’s 85 percent controlling shares in the Philippine Daily Inquirer will break Indonesian Anthoni Salim’s dominance of Philippine media, one of the most shameful features of our nation in recent times.Salim* in 2014…

The need for a different political spectrum

Thursday, 13 July 2017 11:09 Written by
POLITICAL actors have traditionally been classified as “left-leaning or right-wing” and at times “centrist” based on their positions on major governance issues such as: role and size of government, welfare policies, production and delivery of public goods, stance towards the…

EGALITARIAN| Again, why social market in federal Philippines

Wednesday, 12 July 2017 09:23 Written by
SOCIAL market as the famous politician-economist James Buchanan describes is a desired political and market order. More so, it solidly stands on the principles of efficiencyand effectiveness of functions of a small and proximate government. The small government principle refers…

Look beyond the territorial dispute: We must learn from China

Monday, 10 July 2017 11:39 Written by
First of an occasional series on ChinaI AM quite sure that history will judge that one of President Duterte’s most important achievements is that he steered our country quickly away from what would have been a disastrous path charted by…

Changing the subject

Wednesday, 05 July 2017 07:02 Written by
IT is typical of critics of the Duterte administration’s war on drugs to be selective about the news to react to lest they compromise their “moral” stand on the government crackdown not only on shabu but also on crime and…
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