Category: Vantage Point

Senator who?

Fifty men and women are running for the Senate this year, while 115 party list groups are contending for seats in the House of Representatives. But one would hardly know it from the way the media are practically ignoring the senatorial and party list elections. Assuming that the elections are neither postponed nor canceled altogether…

Grace Poe and the call for change

As expected, her rivals for the Presidency of the Republic are downplaying its impact on their chances this May. But the Supreme Court en banc vote of nine to six reversing the Commission on Elections (Comelec) order disqualifying Grace Poe from running is likely to boost her already high voter-preference numbers and to hand her…

Aquino vs Marcos reprised

With the 2016 elections as subtext, a reprise of the decades-long war between Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr. and Ferdinand E. Marcos, Sr. that culminated in Aquino’s assassination in 1983 is currently being fought between their respective offspring. Benigno “Noynoy” S. C. Aquino III and Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. have been at loggerheads primarily because…

Sick, sick, sick

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld Five people are running for president of the Republic in the May 2016 elections. Six are contesting the vice-presidency, and several dozen are campaigning for a seat among the 12 available in the Senate. Literally thousands more are running for: • 297 seats in the House of…

Santiago in the land of forgetfulness

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld It wasn’t exactly an auspicious start for the campaign of a partnership that even presidential candidate Miriam Defensor-Santiago herself has described as “strange.” After delivering a three-minute speech in Batac, Ilocos Norte, Santiago left it to her running mate, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., to wave at the…

Still a dangerous place

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld The facts simply do not support Malacañang’s contention that “since the triumph of the EDSA People Power revolution, the Philippines has become anew a bastion of freedom of expression and of the press.” This grand declaration was part of a statement by Presidential Communications Operations Secretary Herminio…

Mutually using Mamasapano

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld Partisan politics was all over the Senate “reinvestigation” of the Jan. 25, 2015 Mamasapano incident in which 67 people — 44 men of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force (PNP-SAF), at least 17 Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighters, and six non-combatants — were killed. The…