Points of View & Perspectives

January, 2022

  • 6 January

    Busted moral compass

    More than 72 hours since Vice President Leni Robredo started distributing relief goods to victims of typhoon Odette in various affected cities in the Visayas and Mindanao, President Rodrigo Duterte was pictured with Senator Bong Go inside a helicopter supposedly inspecting the damaged areas.

October, 2021

  • 11 October

    Episode 4

    ‘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.

July, 2021

  • 27 July

    Duterte’s last SONA (hopefully)

    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 –

  • 6 July

    Duterte-Pacquiao bout highly lopsided

    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.

June, 2021

  • 22 June

    Why Philippines is slowest to recover in Asia

    UP professor Solita Monsod presented empirical arguments in her recent Inquirer column why the Philippines is again the “sick man of Asia”.

  • 14 June

    1Sambayan list target for attacks

    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.

April, 2021

  • 28 April

    Sustaining the community pantries

    Promises that will never, ever be fulfilled – like the jet-ski promise to the Spratly islands:

  • 26 April

    Community pantry – spark of hope

    The surprising emergence of Community Pantries – Give what you can, Take what you need – truly restores faith in humanity.

March, 2021

  • 2 March

    Are health protocols ineffective?

    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.

  • 2 March

    Low trust for Sinovac

    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.