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Tag: Vantage Point
His defenders and partisans, as well as the trolls his regime pays out of public funds, describe President Rodrigo Duterte’s “leadership” as “decisive.” They’re referring...
Two countries called Philippines
There are two countries that go by the name “Philippines.” The real, historical one is home to the Filipino millions, nearly half of whom...
Communications Secretary Martin Andanar announced last weekend that his office will soon launch a “big project.” He was referring to a program to promote...
Blaming the victim
They said they weren’t pressured -- nor, presumably, bought and paid-for, promised any favors or gifts, or intimidated -- to make it. But the...
Warning to power
The International Criminal Court (ICC) isn’t as useless as President Rodrigo Duterte described it when he learned it was looking into the possibility of...
Decline and fall
President Rodrigo Duterte described the civilian-military mutiny known as the “People Power Revolution” that overthrew the Marcos terror regime 32 years ago as among...
No better time than never
Former chief justice Reynato Puno says this is the “better time” to shift to a federal form of government. He didn’t say what he...
Dictatorship and its delusions
President Rodrigo Duterte’s admission that he’s a dictator, and his obvious pride in that fact, were premised on at least three assumptions. The first is...
Against the few for the many
The admonition that University of the Philippines students shouldn’t be protesting in the streets but should instead be in their classrooms, and that by...
The worst of times
“The best in the world” was how former chief justice Hilario Davide, Jr. described during a Senate hearing the 1987 Philippine Constitution that he...
Black Friday: Only the beginning
Any regime that calls itself democratic would have erred on the side of press freedom and free expression if there were any doubts about...
The poverty of anti-poverty policy
Almost every Philippine regime since that of Diosdado Macapagal has at least paid lip service to ending the poverty that in varying degrees of...
A plot is afoot to stop the holding of the 2019 midterm elections. But that already base scheme doesn’t stop there. Once constitutional amendments are approved,...
Truth telling in Duterte land
Almost every government official has the same message whenever the birth or death anniversaries of the country’s heroes are marked: it is to remember...
Bad new times
The year 2017 isn’t exactly auld lang syne, or good old times, and 2018 is not only likely to be a repeat of it....
There was hardly any question about it. The dominance of the Duterte “supermajority” in both houses of Congress made the one-year extension of martial...
Ending the information crisis
The reformists and revolutionaries of the late 19th century; those who fought the Japanese invaders during World War II; and the professionals, workers, and...
Is jeepney “modernization” the answer to the Philippines’ land transportation woes? Or does the solution lie elsewhere? Will that scheme put in place a...
The Philippine crisis is reaching another acute stage 45 years after Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law in 1972. The country barely survived it then....
No place for human rights
Human rights defenders are understandably disappointed with the Nov. 13-14 31st ASEAN Summit. Not only were human rights the least of the concerns of...
A league of his own
Even if he’s serious about it, President Rodrigo Duterte’s offer for the Philippines to host a high-level meeting, or summit, on human rights is...
Communication as manipulation
The designation of lawyer Harry Roque as presidential spokesman suggests that President Rodrigo Duterte suspects that what’s driving his approval ratings and other indicators...
The US Trump card
The United States has announced that President Donald Trump will take up human rights issues in the Philippines with President Rodrigo Duterte in their...
After saying that he still “has to talk to the NPA (New People’s Army),” by which statement he meant that the Government of the...
A coup by any other name
The Marcos terror regime may have been overthrown 31 years ago, the institutions of liberal democracy restored, and a new Constitution drafted. But the...
License to chill
Whether they’re in the opposition or administration side, the distinguished senators of this endangered Republic, who’re otherwise hopelessly fractious, share one thing: their hatred...
A global disgrace
President Rodrigo Duterte has expressed his displeasure over the continuing attention being paid by various groups and organizations such as Amnesty International and other...
Brothers under the skin
Some of President Rodrigo Duterte’s adherents and those opposed to him because they have a vision of an alternative State and future and the...
The authoritarian path the Duterte administration is taking imposes on the Philippine press and media, as public service institutions, the duty to more vigilantly...
The killing of young people, minors, and children that have been blamed on the police of the Duterte regime is not without precedent. The same...
Herald of the failing state
In his message for National Heroes Day this year, President Rodrigo Duterte urged Filipinos to uphold the rule of law as the best way...
The quick-fix presidency
Vantage Point -- Luis V. Teodoro The latest rants from the perplexing region of Duterte Land have understandably provoked the same outrage, anger and exasperation...
Refuge of scoundrels
To Samuel Johnson (born 1709; died 1784), poet, essayist and author of A Dictionary of the English Language (published in April, 1755), do we...
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