There can be no BBC in the Philippines

Billions and billions of pesos can be spent to install state of the art equipment to improve the government TV channel, PTV 4, or People’s Television, as is reportedly being done in Davao. But there can be no independent government broadcasting system in our beloved country. Firstly, there was never any Philippine government that was ran in accordance with law. […]

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Democratic ways to kill democracy

There was this demonstration in Clark, the former American base, calling for the declaration of a revolutionary government to be headed by President Duterte. A few days after, the PNP chief admitted that prior to that, he was invited to a meeting about the demonstration but did not make it. A few days after, there were bombings in Mindanao. Malacanang […]

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NO-EL?

Suddenly there is a renewed effort in Congress to push for constitutional amendments to achieve federalism. One of the carrots being dangled about is also the chance the process offers to remove provisions that curtail the flow of foreign investments into the country. Of course Malacanang is saying that the matter is not its priority. More so that the pandemic […]

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Leadership in the fight against COVID-19

The President answered with threat the petition of medical front liners to place Mega Manila and surrounding provinces under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) again to give them time to recover from sheer exhaustion. The period was also for health officials and the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) dealing with COVID-19 to come up with a new plan on how to combat […]

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Imperatives not in the SONA

The Philippines is very rich but a very big chunk of the pie was amassed by a few families, the old rich and the taipans. Only a very small slice is left for the almost 80% of Filipinos to fight over. So the most important priority of the administration should be to democratize the wealth in this country. A way […]

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Not appreciatig what we have vs COVID-19

Early on, Ateneo de Manila Professor Fabian Dayrit came out with the theory that virgin coconut oil (vco) might be the antidote to the COVID-19. After a relatively long time, the DOST funded a study by UP researchers or doctors to validate such claim. Just like any government initiative, however, that takes forever to accomplish anything, we still have to […]

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Showbiz group spurned by Sagada

A showbiz team sent by Malacanang to Sagada to come up with footages to be used in the President’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) was spurned by the town. The group just barged in presuming that by brandishing their authorization from Malacanang, the town would welcome them with a red carpet, or that its officials would be like dogs […]

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Baguio’s congestion will continue

Baguio is lucky in a way that it was well planned by the Americans, even with all their faults as colonizers. Well, it was well planned for 25,000 people. Just before the lockdown, there were about 400,000 people, residents and out-of-towners, in the city. It was, and still is, bursting at the seams which is quite evident in the grid-lock […]

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The prospects of a new normal

Judging from how COVID-19 is spreading all over the place, the new normal will not be declared in Baguio City after the MGCQ status ends on June 30. It will most probably be extended for another 15 days, and then another 15 days. But the restrictions will gradually be eased out. Right now, the curfew time was shortened by an […]

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