Commentaries (177)

‘Darkness’ threatening PH democracy, ex-CJ Puno warns

Friday, 29 April 2016 16:59 Written by
  LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines—Former Chief Justice Reynato Puno on Friday warned of the “darkness” threatening the democratic foundations of the country.“A government run only by a few is a democratic failure as there is the exclusivity of the elite to…


Sunday, 01 May 2016 08:01 Written by
May 9 is just around the corner. Have you finally made a choice? Is that now an irrevocable choice? Based on present circumstances, we are hurtling towards a presidential election that is like no other in recent past.

The myth of powerful parties

Sunday, 17 April 2016 21:34 Written by
  The media are replete with reports about the ongoing nomination process for the Democratic and Republican parties in the United States. Though the US presidential election to choose the successor of President Barack Obama will be held in November,…

Anti-Political Dynasty Bill

Thursday, 03 March 2016 12:43 Written by
Most of the candidates vying for positions in the coming elections are not new to us. In fact, we've known their parents, siblings or even children who held public office in various posts. The political, social, and economic impacts of…

Regional growth, poverty reduction in an open economy

Wednesday, 06 April 2016 12:38 Written by
  While globalization has been around for some time, and many countries have been part of it in one way or another, economic openness has assumed greater significance for the Philippines with the Asean Economic Community officially in full gear…


Sunday, 03 April 2016 11:17 Written by
  Opinion surveys almost by definition capture only people’s whims at the moment, and often do not reflect well-considered views, except perhaps when such a survey is conducted a few weeks before the actual election.

Virata and technocrats ran the martial law economy

Thursday, 03 March 2016 20:16 Written by
A statement issued by the Ateneo de Manila staff pontificated: “The Marcos regime’s economics of debt-driven growth was disastrous for the Philippines. The regime was not interested in inclusive development, long-term state-building, nor genuine social transformation of the country.” And…

Letter to the editor: Bongbong deludes himself over his father's legacy, tries to rewrite Philippine history

Sunday, 06 March 2016 15:22 Written by
Like most Filipinos, I very rarely rage against people and what they say or do. But watching Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. on a television interview last week—chastising the poor leadership and mismanagement of the country over the last three…
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