August 30, 2015     Philippines
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Saturday, August 29th, 2015

Aquino’s uncaring bureaucrats

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld Outraged Filipinos trapped in traffic, trying to make both ends meet, and appalled at the unremitting corruption in government, have been cursing the Aquino bureaucracy, which teems with people who seem to have been chosen for their posts not only because of their closeness to their boss,

Saturday, August 29th, 2015

Eh buhay ka pa di ba? and other inane, contemptuous statements, acts

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective After President Aquino was pressured to put a stop to the random opening of balikbayan boxes by the Bureau of Customs to look for something to tax, Customs Commissioner Alberto Lina did...

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015

Changing the political culture by campaigning early

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld Liberal Party (LP) Secretary General Mel Senen Sarmiento says that the LP will run a “positive campaign” to elect Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II to the Presidency. “It’s...

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015

Foreign brands influx into Phl retail market

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star Three months ago, I wrote about the hazy prospect of resolving the huge backlog in providing housing for the underprivileged and homeless citizens: 5.5 million units...

Friday, August 21st, 2015

Democracy in the 21st century

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective The phone calls of citizens are recorded and turned over to intelligence agencies. Emails and Internet searches are likewise monitored. If one makes the mistake of mentioning Allah or Islam in his...

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

A is for Anakbayan and other activist terms in the Philippines

QUESTION EVERYTHING Mong Palatino A – Anakbayan is a youth group established in 1998 which became prominent in Edsa Dos and during the campaign for the abolition of ROTC. Anakpawis is a partylist group which is at...

Sunday, August 16th, 2015

Sorry for us consumers, it’s always a Lose-Lose situation during corporate-government disputes

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective Under the regime of privatization and deregulation, corporate-government disputes are occurring with increasing frequency, especially when consumers are able to force the hand of government to fight for its interests. For sure,...

Saturday, August 15th, 2015

Poverty is the cause, not the result, of overpopulation

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld The Philippine population reached 100 million in 2014, and is projected to reach 101.6 million this year. The projection is based on an annual growth rate of 2.1%, which,...

Monday, August 10th, 2015



Sunday, August 9th, 2015

Asserting national interest in trade negotiations

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star Though we are mere uzi or bystanders in the ongoing negotiations to forge a Trans-Pacific free-trade bloc, it is interesting, and instructive, to observe the converging...

Saturday, August 8th, 2015

Battle of the SONAs

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld Some Filipinos complain that the State of the Nation Address or SONA has become too politicized, but not just in one, but in two senses has it always been...

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