July 29, 2014     Philippines
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Saturday, July 26th, 2014

Bad leadership leads to ruin, take it from Mabini

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld The peasant-born Apolinario Mabini, whose 150th birth anniversary passed last Wednesday with few being even aware of it, was one of the two greatest intellectuals produced by the reform and revolutionary periods in Philippine history. Mabini, who by dint of hard work became a lawyer by the

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Not exactly evil, not exactly genius

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld Former Senator Joker Arroyo, who was his mother’s executive secretary, called him an “evil genius” for his supposedly creative use of Article 39 of the 1987 Administrative Code of...

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

Fraternities will thrive in feudal Philippines

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld Philippine fraternities or Greek letter societies are the local versions of similar organizations in the United States, in the universities and colleges of which fraternities (men-only organizations), sororities (societies...

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

Forget Nobel, and the Mendicancy Prize goes to….

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld Malacanang sources say the administration isn’t lobbying for the Nobel Peace Prize for Benigno Aquino III, and we should take them at their word. But if they are indeed...

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

Lords of destruction

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld Then US President George W. Bush. His defense secretary, Donald Rumsfeld. His vice-president, Richard Cheney. His chief political adviser, Karl Rove. These were some of the lords of destruction...

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

Independence: ‘Unfinished’ and elusive

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld In 1962, then President Diosdado Macapagal declared June 12 Philippine Independence Day — 16 years after it had been celebrated every July 4 when, in 1946, the United States...

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

Education in the perilous backseat

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld The day after the opening of the country’s schools, it’s customary for the media to regale the country with human interest stories and photos on how, in those communities...

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

Unthinkable

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld If a military takeover or a declaration of martial law as what happened in Thailand seems unthinkable today in the Philippines, it seemed equally implausible in 1972. But that...

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

Total system failure

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld “Total system failure at all levels of government to protect Filipino lives” was how Phelim Kine, deputy director of the Asia division of Human Rights Watch (HRW), described the...

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

Rehabilitating Lacson

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld Former Senator Panfilo Lacson says he’s having a hard time doing his job as the Aquino administration’s “rehabilitation czar,” complaining only a week ago that two members of the...

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

Recipe for betrayal

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld Begin with a statement that your so-called allies “need access to Philippine terrain” — a totally clueless assertion that assumes that your current allies will always be your allies,...

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