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Security concerns

Last week, I was drawn to various conferences that swirled around unending security issues. I’ll share some of the more important ones and try...

Corona and Sereno impeachments not the same

Many pundits liken the impeachment of Maria Lourdes Sereno to the impeachment of Renato Corona. Except for the fact that the respondent in the...

Dynasty

Just exactly do we mean when we talk about dynasties? Far from what we read in myths and legends, and see in the movies,...

The promise of change always turns into restoration and preservation

“For one brief shining moment Filipinos from all walks of life set aside their walls of division and came together for a common purpose...

The unfinished revolution

So here we are, 32 years later after those four fateful days in February 1986 that began as a revolt and then morphed into...

Senate hearing on PCSO: bizarre and intriguing

In response to Senator Leila de Lima’s resolution calling for an inquiry in aid of legislation into how government agencies can perform their mandate...

TRAIN ride or wreck?

On Dec. 19, 2017, President Duterte signed the Tax Reformation for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) bill into law, branded as the first tax reform...

Gordon and Faeldon in power play

Senator Richard Gordon and Former Customs commissioner Nicanor Faeldon engaged in power play during the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on alleged corruption in...

Our EEZ is 360 degrees

Scarborough Shoal (also known as Bajo de Masinloc, Panatag, Panacot), Benham Rise (now Philippine Rise) and the Celebes Sea have been making the news...

‘The lady doth protest too much, methinks.’

The line above is from William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet where Hamlet’s mother says it in reference to the protestation of a lady that she...

The exceptional Mayo Lopez

“Epiphany” has taken on a new meaning for me. Previously, it was about the 3 Kings or 3 wise men who went to see...

My hope for 2018: PNP adopts the Marc Anthony Fernandez protocol

Before the year 2017 ended, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the Duterte administration will apply the lessons learned from previous experience to make the...

Year of the Earth Dog

Happy New Year! It only seemed like yesterday when we were greeting 2017. Where did time go? Why does it feel like we’re on...

The resident jesters of the Court of DU 30 made us...

In the spirit of Christmas I will engulf you with the twisted yet funny web of comedic utterances of the resident jesters of DU...

Understanding independent foreign policy

Last week, I was invited by the AFP’s Office of Strategic Studies and Strategy Management, the National Defense College of the Philippines and the...

Representative Rey Umali shows bias in Sereno impeachment hearing

I was extremely surprised at the appointment of Maria Lourdes Sereno to the Supreme Court by President Benigno S. C. Aquino III in 2010....

Revolutionary government a headache

In a speech before an anti-corruption summit in Pasay City last week, President Rodrigo Duterte said that establishing a revolutionary government at this time...

Cost and Benefits of hosting ASEAN 50

Every Filipino, as a citizen of Southeast Asia, is foreseen to benefit from ASEAN 2017, from each of the following six thematic priorities under...

Will there be a Philippine Basketball Association Season 43?

In view of the presence of 21 heads of state in the country, I will refrain from commenting on any sensitive issue pertaining to...

How is ASEAN Integration coming along?

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was founded on Aug. 8, 1967 by Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Since then, its...

For meritorious work or bounty?

The Philippine National Police Peace & Order Agenda for Transformation and Upholding the Rule of Law (P.A.T.R.O.L. Plan) is designed to transform the PNP...

One Rotary, One Philippines, One for Marawi

In early July, Jackie Rodriguez joined me on a fact-finding mission for the Rotary Club of Manila (RCM) to determine the humanitarian assistance gaps...

Is the survey on the performance of government institutions meaningful?

The Third Quarter 2017 survey done by Social Weather Stations (SWS) a month ago (Sept. 23-27) found 62% satisfied and 17% dissatisfied with the...

Why we are where we are

(Part 1) “In an ever-changing, incomprehensible world the masses had reached the point where they would, at the same time, believe everything and nothing, think...

September 21 rally a flop

Thousands of Filipinos went out to the streets last Sept. 21 in what may be considered the biggest demonstration of dissent to President Rodrigo...

How I see it

In 1972 I gave martial law a chance to prove itself. The first 2-3 years were peaceful and orderly that gave hopes to a promising...

Rethinking, Reforming the strategy

No, this is not a response to Secretary Abella’s statement that our strategy in the war against illegal drugs needs to be rethought and...

The Marcoses are making us forget

I wrote in this column on Sept. 11, 1990: “Today some boisterous activities will remind us that it is the birth anniversary of Ferdinand Marcos....

What Shakespeare can tell CEOs about leadership in disruptive times

I found this article that’s worth sharing, authored by David G. Pumphrey, a partner emeritus of Heidrick & Struggles’ CEO & Board Practice and...

Nationwide martial law more imminent with Supreme Court ruling

To Take A Stand Oscar P. Lagman, Jr. I wrote in this space last May 30 that martial law throughout the country is coming. This expectation...