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In October 2016 President Duterte visited Beijing and played the “China Card”, altering the Philippines’s foreign-relations stance. The Chinese government saw this as an opportunity to bring the Philippines closer through more “cooperation” and “incentives”. The United States saw...
ON March 8 members of the urban-poor group Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay) illegally occupied idle government housing projects in Bulacan. These housing units were intended for low-salaried uniformed personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National...
IN the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) of the Duterte administration, the government declared that it is keen on creating the Philippine Trade Representative Office (PTRO). This is an agency that is similar to America’s United States Trade Representative (USTR). Created...
The Philippines has one of the most expensive electricity rates in the world. The government owes taxpayers safe, reliable and affordable electricity, but its attempt to lower prices by restructuring the power sector through the Electric Power Industry Reform...

International eyes

There was a time when individuals and nations were expected to act in a civilized manner while still maintaining their own “sovereignty”. It was when people and states attempted to force their ideas on others and take action to...
The Commission on Appointments hearing for a new secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources has proven one point. The Philippine government, now and through at least the past two presidential administrations, has been an absolute failure with...

Benham Rise is ours

Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana’s disclosure that Chinese survey ships lingered for months in Benham Rise last year has set off alarm bells that call for immediate action to prevent further incursion by our giant neighbor into the country’s...

Clear rice policy

The current dilemma facing the National Food Authority (NFA) and the interagency NFA Council (NFAC) concerning rice imports are symptomatic of what has been ailing the Philippine government when it comes to its economic policies, particularly those that affect...

Pursuit of happiness

A day of happiness is not an elusive concept for a country like the Philippines. We, Filipinos, are generally a happy people, with an amazing ability to generate laughter even during the direst circumstances. It doesn’t get much easier...

The CA doing its job

The recent Commission on Appointments (CA) deliberations on the appointments of Perfecto R. Yasay Jr. and Regina Paz “Gina” L. Lopez to their respective Cabinet positions proves one point. The CA is doing its job as outlined and mandated...
The imposition of the death penalty for certain crimes has been an issue under constant discussion and division in most countries for decades—but not that many decades. It is good to remember that the last public execution by the...