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Points of View & Perspectives

June, 2015

  • 29 June

    Will Binay’s anti-Aquino stance work?

    Finally, it has dawned on Vice President Jejomar Binay that he can never be “The One,” as far as President Aquino is concerned. He was just deluding himself thinking the President would eventually choose him over Interior Secretary Mar Roxas due to his close ties with the Aquino family.

  • 29 June

    NFA and the rice problem

    There is something wrong with the way the government is handling the country’s rice problem. There is the problem of two overlords in the agriculture department, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala and ex-Sen. Kiko Pangilinan. Their functions overlap and this includes even the matter of who should be the “issuing authority” on the imports of rice.

  • 22 June

    Petty power ploys

    When we last heard talk about a power crisis, we heard it from the secretary of the Department of Energy (DOE). As such, what talk should have behind it the credibility of a Cabinet official and the backing of a whole department to which billions are entrusted. Had the talk been substantiated, it might have been believed. It wasn’t.

  • 22 June

    A star we carry within us: Angelita Albano Castro Kelly (1942–2015)

    If you peer at the sky and, perhaps, see a constellation-like strand, be consoled, instead of fearful about alleged spies. Think of a star—not just a star, which winks, but someone who might smile, someone you had known.

  • 22 June

    Binay’s fall from grace

    In just a year, Vice President Jejomar Binay has seen his numbers drop precipitously from 41 percent in June 2014 to 31 percent in September 2014, 26 percent in November 2014, and finally, to 22 percent this month, in presidential surveys conducted by independent polling firms.

  • 22 June


    By JJ Atencio/ Game Changer Businesses that become immensely successful have a few things in common. One is that they are innovative.

  • 15 June

    ‘Continue what we started’

    That seemed to be the singular criterion that the one-dimensional statement that Benigno Aquino III repeatedly refrains, much like a warped broken record when he declared the qualities of a leader he felt would merit his endorsement, support and the billion-peso funding his administration and the ruling Liberal Party would array against challenges to the presidential throne in 2016. He …

  • 15 June

    The Filipino language: A debatable identity?

    I should have insisted, “Filipino is my native language not Tagalog, and yes, it’s called the same as my (former) citizenship, and it cannot be the same as American is to English (language).”8 But cornered by the crisp tone of the Tagalog reviewer’s written comment, I felt my limbs deliquescing as the proverbial shadow of a doubt took over my …

  • 15 June

    Immigration bureau coddling fugitives?

    Something stinks to high heavens in the Bureau of Immigration (BI), and this case is proving to be the latest kink in this administration’s much-ballyhooed straight and righteous path.

  • 8 June

    The discordant melody of mining (Conclusion)

    Three global developments compel us to analyze the Phillippines mining industry against the traditional exploitive imagery that the sector is arrayed against where perceived negativity reigns due to persistent misconceptions.