Archive for January, 2016

Ball is now with the people after Senate ends Binay probe

Now that the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee has wrapped up its hearings on the alleged anomalies in Makati under the watch of the Binays, the ball is now with the Ombudsman and the Filipino people. In his opening statement at the beginning of the 25th and last hearing of the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee Tuesday, […]

January 28, 2016  Tags: ,   Posted in: Graft and corruption  9 Comments

The Marine who said ‘No’

This article was first published on January 18, 2009. We are re-posting this as Lt. Col Ferdinand Marcelino is again in the news after he was arrested in a drug bust operation last Jan. 21. Marcelino says his presence in the shabu den was a legal operation. His lawyer said it was a “frameup” By […]

January 26, 2016  Tags: ,   Posted in: Illegal Drugs  34 Comments

What happens if winner in May elections is disqualified?

Of the eight presidential candidates that the Commission on Elections approved to be listed in the ballots for the May 9, 2016 elections, two are facing disqualification cases: Grace Poe and Rodrigo Duterte. The eight names that Comelec said would be in the ballots are: Jojo Binay of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA); Miriam Defensor […]

January 24, 2016  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: 2016 elections  17 Comments

Doble ‘gudtime’

At the Mercury Drugstore the other day, I overheard two senior citizens discussing about the President’s veto of the P2, 000 peso a month increase for members of the Social Security System. One was telling the other about the commentaries of DZMM’s Ted Failon which she fully agreed. “Bakit nila binigyan ang sarili nila ng […]

January 22, 2016  Tags:   Posted in: General, Governance  35 Comments

PH should re-assess relations with Iran

After more than two- and- half decades of suffering and enduring United States-led sanctions, Iran, one of the world’s top oil producers, is poised to rejuvenate its economy now that they can access an estimated 100 billion dollars of assets frozen since 1979 when students stormed and occupied the American Embassy in Teheran and held […]

January 22, 2016  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  2 Comments

Binay biggest gainer in ‘destroy Grace Poe’ crusade

The “Eliminate Grace Poe” from the presidential race crusade has benefitted Vice President Jejomar Binay who has regained the lead in the latest survey of candidates for president in the 2016 elections by the Social Weather Stations. Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas, whose allies in the Commission on Election delivered the strongest blow against […]

January 18, 2016  Tags: ,   Posted in: 2016 elections, surveys  4 Comments

EDCA may have spurred China’s expansion in SCS

In their ecstasy over the Supreme Court decision declaring the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement constitutional and need not be ratified by the Senate, government officials are telling the Filipino people that the country is now in a better position to take on China in the territorial conflict in the Spratlys in the South China Sea. […]

January 15, 2016  Tags:   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  6 Comments

China not ruling out South China Sea ADIZ

The reply of China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying to the question whether China plans to declare an air defense identification zone over parts of the South China Sea, after commercial aircrafts conducted two test flights in Fiery Cross Reef, was most unsettling. She didn’t confirm nor did she deny the plan. She said: “As […]

January 10, 2016   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  2 Comments

Scholarship opportunities

I’d like to share here fellowship opportunities – two for journalists and two for students. Please take note of the deadlines for the submission of applications. The Jefferson Fellowships offer print and broadcast journalists from the United States, Asia and the Pacific Islands the unique opportunity to gain on-the-ground perspectives and build international networks to […]

January 9, 2016  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Education  No Comments

Grounding lessons

Second day of the year 2016, I was pulled to the ground – a much needed lesson, courtesy of a bus conductor. Last Saturday, I took a Ceres bus to Iloilo from our province in Antique to take my flight back to Manila. As I was gathering my baggage upon arriving at the bus terminal […]

January 5, 2016   Posted in: General, Travel  6 Comments