Commentaries (180)

Deadend sectorism of the Philippines lives on

Thursday, 03 August 2017 09:43 Written by
SECTORIST policies dominate Philippine politics and overflows to the economy and then impacts the way majority of Filipinos experience life in these islands. It is laudable that the goal of the Duterte administration is a “comfortable life” for every Filipino…

Trillanes’ Magdalo co-mutineers in control of Customs

Wednesday, 02 August 2017 05:07 Written by
  SEN. Antonio Trillanes 4th may be the most vociferous critic of President Duterte, but his comrades-in-arms in the mutineer group “Magdalo”* control the government’s key revenue-generating agency, the Bureau of Customs, holding its top posts. The head itself of…

Mining sector vs area dev policies

Friday, 28 July 2017 09:38 Written by
PRESIDENT Duterte, at the start of his off-the-cuff remarks in his 2017 State of the Nation Address last Monday, said that the lengthy feature of ABS-CBN’s Ted Failon on the damage wrought by mining on natural ecosystems that poor families…

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…
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