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Duterte trolls the ICC

Something I find really hard to understand is the readiness of some Filipinos to trust a foreign institution rather than their own. This despite...

Revisiting PHL/UN

When the US gave its less than gracious reaction to the United Nations last December, many people raised a collective eyebrow. The truth is,...

The meaning of ‘the common good’

This is a topic I’ve written about previously but feel it bears revisiting. The term “common good” is quite fashionable nowadays. From the environment...

Either pregnant with child or pregnant with hubris

Peculiar problems arise when government thinks itself all knowing and prescient. Call it Murphy’s Law or the law of unintended consequences. Either way, Greek...

Facilitating Philippine trade

Aside from the fact that global trade is picking up -- despite the ever constant threat of protectionist revivals, mostly blamed (wrongly) on Trump...

Thoughts in a DB III

Not really. I don’t have an Aston Martin. Wish I did though. The title is from a chapter in an Ian Fleming book, which...

Thoughts on double vodka

Filipinos had been so enamored of Justin Trudeau that they don’t realize he’s just an empty suit. An empty suit lined by shiny but...

Why the WTO Argentina Ministerial means nothing for the Philippines

The “bicycle theory of international trade” goes a little like this: think of trade as a bicycle; you keep peddling or you stop and...

Corona’s ghost

This article is based on my 2012 article for BusinessWorld (“The Importance of Rules”). It’s used here mainly to remember and then provide points...

Cry me a bully

Perhaps we had Nelson Muntz wrong all along. The kid who lost his father due to an allergic reaction to peanuts in a candy...

Trump’s burger

Perhaps reflective of the state of intellectual discourse nowadays that when US President Donald Trump decided to eat a burger in Japan, the social...

Taxation and the reengineering of Philippine society

A crucial part of governance, normally overlooked, is the tax system. “Overlooked” because it’s narrowly viewed merely as a revenue-generating machine. So long as...

Neither overselling nor scare tactics help international trade

It occurred to me that supporters of globalization and socialism seem to use the same line and manner of argumentation, in that both overpromise...

Walang basagan ng trip: our ‘create your own reality’ culture

Correct me if I’m wrong but the sequencing was this: Monday Mekanda, Tuesday Daimos, Wednesday Mazinger Z, Thursday Grendizer, and Friday was -- of...

The role of judges in resolving national debates

It best starts with the oath: “ilalapat ko ang katarungan nang walang pagkiling sa sino mang tao at ipatatamasa ang pantay na karapatan sa...

The depressing incident of Joey De Leon in the daytime

Couple of weeks ago, hall of famer comedian Joey de Leon got into trouble. Of the worst kind. He ran afoul of social media....

Beauty is that which is true

Local celebrity Xander Ford’s “Big Reveal” a couple of weekends ago actually triggered a subconscious discussion among the populace on the nature of beauty....

Sovereignty in the conduct of foreign relations

Last week, US President Donald Trump gave his first ever address at the United Nations. And from the reaction that mainstream media gave, one...

The Philippine Republic is the CHR

The problem with the Commission on Human Rights is that it was created out of a Kumbaya moment: people all very giddy after the...

Dominant position in competition law

No. The article is not about sex. Unfortunately. It’s about the Philippine Competition Commission’s (PCC) power to investigate and punish “abuse of dominant position.” Which leaves...

Putting reason into the war on drugs

An incredibly sad phenomena resulting from the current administration’s blustery implementation of its policies, including the “war on drugs,” is its supporters’ nonchalant resort...