10 min Aquino-Xi talk paves way for major policy shift towards China

It took only ten minutes under the chilly air at the lakeside garden in the suburb of Beijing to thaw the two-year frosty relationship between the Philippines and China. President Aquino and Chinese President Xi Jinping pulled aside during the tree-planting ceremony last Nov. 11 at at the Summer Garden of the International Conference Center […]

November 13, 2014  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  6 Comments

No formal meeting but Aquino hopes for pull-aside talk with Xi Jinping in APEC

Two embarrassing incidents were in the minds of officials of the Department of Foreign Affairs when they decided not to request for a bilateral meeting between President Aquino and Chinese President Xi Jinping during the Nov. 10 and 11 Leaders Meeting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation or APEC to be held in Beijing. But […]

October 26, 2014  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Malaya  3 Comments

And why should Aquino go to the wake of Jennifer Laude? Who he/she?

Totoo naman. Bakit nga naman inaasahan natin pumunta si Pangulong Aquino sa lamay ni Jennifer Laude? Sino ba si Jennifer Laude? Hindi naman siya kamag-anak ng mga Aquino. Hindi naman siya haciendera katulad ng mga Cojuangco-Aquino. Hindi naman siya sundalo. Hindi naman siya miyembro ng Liberal Party. Hindi naman siya nanay o asawa ng miyembro […]

October 23, 2014  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Malaya  23 Comments

Aquino’s deafening silence on the killing of Jennifer Laude

The silence of President Aquino on the murder of a Filipino transgender by a member of the United States Marine Corps more than a week ago in Olongapo City is deafening. Jennifer Laude, 26, a citizen of this country was killed brutally (severely beaten, strangled, drowned , her head shoved in the toilet bowl) almost […]

October 19, 2014  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Benigno Aquino III, Foreign Affairs  13 Comments

Run, PNoy, Run

I have lost track counting the number of somersaults that President Aquino and his spokesmen have performed on the issue of whether he wants to stay in Malacañang after his term ends on June 30, 2016. To save myself further aggravation, I decided to “like” President Aquino’s Facebook Page which was brought to my attention […]

September 14, 2014  Tags:   Posted in: Benigno Aquino III, Malaya  21 Comments

Listen to your mother

Had former President Cory Aquino not died on Aug. 1, 2009, her son, Benigno Aquino III would not be in Malacañang today. At the time of Cory’s death, nine months before the May 2010 presidential elections, Noynoy Aquino, who had an unremarkable record as legislator (9 years as representative of the 2nd district of Tarlac […]

August 14, 2014  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Benigno Aquino III, Cha-Cha  11 Comments

Aquino satisfaction rating plunge: The calm before the storm

Take note that the Social Weather Stations survey showing a 16- point plunge in net satisfaction for the Aquino administration was conducted on June 27 – 30, 2014. From 45 percent last March, satisfaction for general performance of the Aquino administration dropped to 29 percent in the June survey. This was before the July 1 […]

August 13, 2014  Tags:   Posted in: Benigno Aquino III, Governance, surveys  10 Comments

Aquino pays tribute to Abad’s creative genius

The speech of President Aquino during 75th anniversary of the Department of Budget and Management on April 25, 2011 has become relevant amid the controversy generated by the Disbursement Accelerated Program or DAP, the brainchild of Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad that got unqualified support from President Aquino. This is what Aquino said:

July 27, 2014  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Benigno Aquino III, Governance  4 Comments

Aquino’s DAP: lethal mix of ignorance and arrogance

President Aquino’s belligerent stand against the Supreme Court’s decision declaring his pet initiative, the Disbursement Acceleration Program, unconstitutional was not at all surprising considering his defense of Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, Jr. last Friday. Reading and listening to his speech was not only appalling. It was disturbing. It showed the lethal combination of ignorance and […]

July 15, 2014  Tags: ,   Posted in: Benigno Aquino III, Governance  59 Comments

Aquino’s DAP doctrine: good intentions superior to Constitution

Finally, President Aquino will speak to the people of the Philippines on the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program or DAP today (July 14),Malacañang announced. Today is exactly two weeks after the Supreme Court in a unanimous decision declared as unconstitutional Aquino and his Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad pet project. Malacañang sources said Aquino was stunned […]

July 13, 2014  Tags: ,   Posted in: Governance, Malaya  18 Comments