China’s concept of setting side sovereignty dispute for joint exploration of Spratlys

Asked during his press conference last Wednesday when the talks about the joint exploration in Philippine territory that is also being claimed by China and other countries started, Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano recalled the meeting of the late Deng Xiaoping with then President Corazon Aquino. In that meeting, Deng suggested to set aside the […]

August 1, 2017  Tags: , , , , , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  2 Comments

Palitan na lang kaya ng dilaw ang kulay ng watawat ng Pilipinas

Siguro naman seryoso si Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. sa kanyang pag-sponsor ng mga batas na ipangalan sa mga magulang ni Pangulong Aquino ang dalawang kalsada doon sa Panay. Ang dalawang batas ay ideya ng mga kongresista na sina Arcadio H. Garriceta, Ronald M. Cosalan, Jerry P. Treñas, Arthur R. Defensor Jr., Neil C. Tiupas, […]

May 31, 2015  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Abante  11 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

Thoughts on 25 years after 1986 People Power

We are commemorating the 1986 People Power revolution, many refer to as EDSA 1. If we refer to EDSA I and EDSA 2 as a gathering of people on Epifanio de los Santos Avenue, that long stretch of road from Pasay City to Caloocan City, I would agree that’s accurate. Then we should also call […]

February 23, 2011  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Cory Aquino  206 Comments

Verafiles’ trustee is 2010 Ninoy and Cory Aquino Fellow for Journalism

Veteran journalist, journalism educator and VERA Files trustee Yvonne Chua was named 2010 Ninoy and Cory Aquino Fellowship Awardee for journalism. In a simple ceremony held Monday, Chua was cited for the “depth and breadth of her work” as journalist. Flora May M.Cerna, head of the Department of Research and Project Development at the Transparency […]

August 10, 2010  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Media, Vera Files  3 Comments

Cory gave Ampatuan patriarch his break

After Edsa 1, Andal was appointed OIC mayor Newsbreak It’s interesting how the Ampatuan clan’s political fortunes seem to be turning full circle—and how political camps that now call them “monsters” seem to have conveniently forgotten that they had something to do with how these “monsters” were bred to begin with. Liberal Party presidential bet […]

November 28, 2009  Tags: , ,   Posted in: 2010 elections, Governance  36 Comments

Sen. Edward Kennedy and Philippine democracy

The passing away of President Cory three weeks ago and last Friday’s 26th death anniversary of her husband, Senator Benigno Aquino Jr., brought back to mind the events of February 1986 when the world stood in awe as Filipinos linked arms, armed only with prayers and faith, to restore democracy in the country. Yesterday, we […]

August 27, 2009  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Cory Aquino, elections2010, Malaya  43 Comments

Anak talaga ni Ninoy at Cory

Hindi pa sinasabi ni Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III. ang kanyang desisyon kung siya ay tatakbo sa pagka-presidente na siyang panawagan ng iilang mga kolumnista at sinasabing eksperto sa pulitika. Ngunit sa himig ng kanyang pananalita, parang natatanto ko na sa ngayon, mas nahihiling siya kung saan siya ngayon: sa Senado. Guest si Noynoy sa […]

August 26, 2009  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Cory Aquino, elections2010  55 Comments

Pang-iinis ni Arroyo sa pamilyang Aquino

Bilib naman talaga ako sa kapal ng mukha at tapang ng apog nitong si Gloria Arroyo at ng kanyang mga alagad. Sinabi na nga ng pamilyang Aquino na “No, thank you” doon sa kanilang plano na magpatayo ng monumento para kay dating Pangulong Cory Aquino sa Rizal Park, pinagpipilitan pa. Sabi ni Gary Olivar, dating […]

August 24, 2009  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Abante, Cory Aquino, elections2010  70 Comments

Ninoy, Cory, Evelio

Update: Former Antique Governor Enrique Zaldivar passed away Friday. His remains lie in state at the Philippine Independence Church Cathedral on Taft Avenue (in front of PGH). Update: Please see reflections of Precious L. Javier, widow of Evelio Javier, under comments. When I passed by the statue of Evelio Javier in front of the provincial […]

August 21, 2009  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Cory Aquino, Governance  73 Comments