Category: Vantage Point

Marcos’ long shadow

He’s been dead all these years, although the debate over where to finally bury his remains is yet to end. But Ferdinand Marcos, who installed himself as this country’s first, and so far only, fascist, though “constitutional,” dictator in 1972 by placing the entire country under martial law, still casts a long shadow over Philippine…

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…