‘New Hope’ – that’s the title of Episode 4 of the Star Wars saga, the first of nine films. It also serves to describes the surge of optimism felt by Filipinos when Vice President Leni Robredo declared she is running for president in next year’s polls.
Points of View & Perspectives
As President Duterte boasts of his administration’s spectacular achievements over the last five years at his last State of the Nation Address (SONA), his avid drumbeaters offer only lame excuses for the failure to act on –
President Duterte challenged former Supreme Court Senior Associate Justic Antonio Carpio to a debate on the West Philippine Sea. Carpio accepts challenge. Duterte backs out.
UP professor Solita Monsod presented empirical arguments in her recent Inquirer column why the Philippines is again the “sick man of Asia”.
The 1Sambayan coalition, which presents itself as a united opposition to the incumbent administration, seems to have prematurely released a list of five names for possible President and Vice President.
Promises that will never, ever be fulfilled – like the jet-ski promise to the Spratly islands:
The surprising emergence of Community Pantries – Give what you can, Take what you need – truly restores faith in humanity.
Malacanang and the IATF are feeling the pressure whether to ease quarantine restrictions in order to restart the economy or wait until the curve of COVID cases eases down.
The recent frenzy over the delayed arrival of vaccines in the Philippines shifts to trust because medical frontliners do not want to be injected with Sinovac which government preferred despite the 50% efficacy.
The pandemic has severely crippled the global economy – with conspiracy theorists blaming China intentionally released the virus to subdue its arch enemy the US by conquering it not my military might but through an invisible weapon – with nations attempting to restart businesses by any means possible.