Commentaries (179)


Monday, 30 May 2016 14:07 Written by
BY the time this comes out, Congress, acting as the National Board of Canvassers, has already proclaimed the winners of the May 2016 elections. If President-elect Rodrigo Duterte was a no-show, it ushered in a break from tradition and the…


Tuesday, 31 May 2016 11:29 Written by
It is now official. Rodrigo Duterte is president-elect. At noon of June 30, he will assume the highest office in the land. The handover ceremony might be intentionally simple; but the expectations are overblown. Duterte sought the highest post on…

A VIEW FROM THE CENTER: Centrist democracy and revolution

Thursday, 26 May 2016 11:24 Written by
  ABOUT five years ago I visited General Joe Almonte in his office in Greenhills. I told him about the plans of my young Philippine Centrist friends to set up a principled Centrist Democratic Party with the purpose of overcoming…

Understanding Federalism

Sunday, 22 May 2016 21:32 Written by
Although the topic of federalism has been discussed since the 1971 Constitutional Convention, there are still many areas that are not clear even to political analysts. In the interest of full disclosure, I will state now that I have always…

A VIEW FROM THE CENTER: Amending our 1987 Constitution to reform and transform our BuloknaSistemangPolitikal!

Thursday, 19 May 2016 11:16 Written by
Amending our 1987 Constitution is the only way we can begin to fulfill our lofty vision to “build a just and humane society” and “a democracy under the rule of law and a regime of truth, justice, freedom, love, equality…

TRIVIA: Anthropomorphic Nouns

Thursday, 12 May 2016 09:04 Written by
Believing that the best education leads to the best understanding,I thought you might find this interesting.Anthropomorphic NounsI thought this might be boring, but stick with it. You'll love the ending.We are all familiar with a

A VIEW FROM THE CENTER: The unfinished Philippine Revolution

Thursday, 12 May 2016 11:04 Written by
  Thirty years after EDSA 1 and indeed the revolution is still incomplete. One hundred fifteen years after the anti-colonial war loss to the US may find us independent but with a governance structure that bears all the hallmarks of…

American Power Under Challenge

Sunday, 08 May 2016 19:44 Written by
Masters of Mankind (Part 1)Cross-posted with[This piece, the first of two parts, is excerpted from Noam Chomsky’s new book, Who Rules the World? (Metropolitan Books). Part 2 will be posted on Tuesday morning.]
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