Archive for June, 2016

The President wears the PH flag

When outgoing president Benigno Aquino III and incoming president Rodrigo Duterte met yesterday for the traditional turnover of the reins of the government, the big difference between the two was very much noticeable by the small item they each wore on their left chest. Aquino was wearing his yellow ribbon pin, which to many, symbolized […]

June 30, 2016   Posted in: 2016 elections  10 Comments

Waiting for Duterte’s metamorphosis

Tomorrow, June 30, President Benigno Aquino III steps down as the 15th president of the Philippines and Rodrigo R. Duterte becomes the 16th president of the Philippines. From now on, every pronouncement of Duterte will be official. If he curses, every putang ina will have the stamp of the presidency. A source who was present […]

June 28, 2016  Tags:   Posted in: 2016 elections, Governance  9 Comments

Why Gina Lopez says she has no caldero?

A video of the exchange between Gina Lopez, incoming President Rodrigo Duterte’s choice as secretary of Environment and Natural Resources, and a pro-mining advocate is going the rounds of social media. Lopez was asking the man to choose between food and minerals because she argued that mining that extracts minerals from underneath the ground destroys […]

June 26, 2016  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Environment, Governance  5 Comments

Ways to make China comply if U.N. ruling on SCS favors PH

The Philippines is not exactly helpless if the United Nations Arbitral Court decides in our favor in the case we filed against China and China ignores it. The Hague-based U.N. Artbitral Court is expected to decide on the case on July 7. In Jan. 2013, the Philippine asked the U.N. court to 1. declare as […]

June 24, 2016  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  No Comments

De Ocampo, Lhuillier aspire for London post

London is one of the most coveted posts in foreign service, including for Philippine diplomats. The Philippine is currently represented there by Evan Ralph Garcia, who assumed the post last May. A career diplomat who had served in embassies in Washington D.C, Tokyo, and as Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, Garcia […]

June 21, 2016  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  No Comments

Why doesn’t Roxas just pay fine for SOCE non-filing?

Would it be a less stressful option for Mar Roxas, Liberal Party presidential candidate in the May 9, 2016 presidential election not to file at all a Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE)? He didn’t win anyway so there’s no position that he would be prevented from assuming because he does not have the Certificate […]

June 20, 2016  Tags: ,   Posted in: 2016 elections  12 Comments

David Lapuz: ‘One prodigious fountain spouting forth brilliant ideas’

Aside from Salvador Panelo, spokesperson of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte for a month, aspirant to be ambassador to the Court of St. James and now presidential legal counsel, another appointee of incoming president Rodrigo Duterte who is creating a different kind of buzz is David Lapuz as head of the Commission on Higher Education. There is […]

June 17, 2016  Tags:   Posted in: Elections 2016  14 Comments

Panelo wants to be ambassador to London?

We are going to miss Atty. Salvador Panelo as presidential spokesperson. Incoming president Rodrigo Duterte has a new spokesperson in the person for Ernie Abella, a former pastor. In the announcement of Peter Laviña, spokesman for the Duterte transition team, of the latest cabinet appointments in his Facebook page, he did not say whether Panelo […]

June 14, 2016  Tags: ,   Posted in: 2016 elections, Governance, Media  7 Comments

For a more meaningful Independence Day

The nation observed the 118th Independence Day in a somewhat somber tone. Maybe because in two weeks time, there will be changing of the guards. The presiding president, Benigno Aquino III, is bidding goodbye and last Sunday’s Independence Day Vin d’Honneur was the last that he was hosting. Aside from leaving the seat of power, […]

June 12, 2016  Tags:   Posted in: Benigno Aquino III  3 Comments

Centerlaw voices alarm over Duterte’s acceptance of kangaroo court

Centerlaw, a non-government organization dedicated to the promotion of the Rule of Law in the Philippines and Asia, reminded President-Elect Rodrigo Duterte that as president of the Philippines, which he will be in 23 days, he is legally bound to ensure that every one within Philippine sovereignty is accorded due process of law. Centerlaw expressed […]

June 8, 2016  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Peace and Order, Philippine National Police  2 Comments