Archive for February, 2016

‘Talk to Mayor’

Going the rounds in Facebook is a post by Candy Chan in Astig.Ph about a vehicle by a mayor that was parked in a slot reserved for Persons with Disabilities at Bay 4 of NAIA3. When the security guard called the attention of the man who came out of the driver seat, he insolently replied, […]

February 29, 2016  Tags:   Posted in: Malaya, PWD  13 Comments

Dominant thoughts re Edsa One: We wasted it

Edsa30 celebration has revived memories of that important event in our history as a freedom-loving people. From the recollections, one can glean a deep sense of disappointment, of our failure not to have used our regained freedom into building genuine democracy- wherein people would have the opportunities to pursue their dreams of a better life. […]

February 25, 2016   Posted in: Cory Aquino, General  12 Comments


It has been 30 years since that one shining moment in Philippine history when the people came together to put an end to tyranny. As Che Francisco, a colleague in Ang Pahayagang Malaya, remarked , “Parang kelan lang.” On this day, Feb. 24, we, in Malaya were covering the fast-changing events non-stop. I was sleeping […]

February 24, 2016  Tags:   Posted in: Cory Aquino, General, Military  12 Comments

Grace Poe took the first presidential debate

The winner of the first Comelec-sponsored debates of presidential candidates organized with GMA-7 and Philippine Daily Inquirer based on my monitoring of social media and exchange of notes with friends was Grace Poe. It’s not a scientific survey, of course. Political analyst and De La Salle University Professor Richard Heydarian summed up the performance of […]

February 21, 2016  Tags:   Posted in: Elections 2016  16 Comments

Pacquiao’s ‘abhorrent’ remarks could be blessing in disguise

Two days after boxing icon Manny Pacquiao rebuked same sex couples as worse than animals, shoe giant Nike dropped him as endorser. That was fast. Observers said that was an easy decision for Nike because Pacquiao, 37, is at the sunset of his career after losing in two major fights: the one against Floyd Mayweather […]

February 19, 2016  Tags:   Posted in: 2016 elections, Sports  16 Comments

Social media raises demand for honesty from candidates

Two stories that generated passionate exchanges in social media the past days underscore how new media is being used to demand transparency and honesty from candidates and their staff in the campaign for the May elections. The first story was about the shoes of Brian Llamanzares, son of presidential candidate Grace Poe of the Partido […]

February 17, 2016   Posted in: Elections 2016  19 Comments

Layoffs of OFWs in Saudi not due to oil price slump: labor attaches

Despite decline in global oil prices, the Saudi labor market remains stable for Filipino workers. The reported retrenchments are not due to the oil price slump in recent months, according to assessment of Saudi-based labor attaches and diplomats of the situation in the Middle East kingdom that hosts some 800,000 OFWS. The positive assessment should […]

February 15, 2016  Tags: ,   Posted in: Labor  8 Comments

Candidates define campaign in kick-off rallies

If only the evidence of corruption against Vice President Jojo Binay were not overwhelming, I would consider voting for him in the May election simply because of his promise that those earning P30,000 a month (annual income of P360,000) and below will be exempted from paying income tax. Kim Henares’ BIR is really a heavy […]

February 12, 2016   Posted in: 2016 elections  14 Comments

Lacierda may yet get his dream of becoming foreign secretary

The resignation of Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario, four months before the end of the Aquino administration, may yet pave the way for Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda to realize his dream of becoming foreign secretary. Not many know Lacierda’s desire to be head of the much-coveted cabinet position. It was Mar Roxas, the presidential candidate […]

February 10, 2016  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  18 Comments

Water source crucial in determining status of Itu Aba (2)

(Conclusion) The issue of whether Itu Aba (also known by its Chinese name “Taiping” and Philippine name “Ligaw”) is an island or a rock has become a battle of experts. In the hearing at The Hague last Nov 30 on the Philippine suit against China’s nine-dash-line and constructions in submerged maritime features in the Spratlys, […]

February 8, 2016   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, South China Sea  2 Comments