March 29, 2015     Philippines
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Saturday, March 21st, 2015

Mythologizing the Police

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld In arguing that President Benigno S. C. Aquino III could not have broken the “chain of command” because the Philippine National Police (PNP) is a civilian agency, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima assumed that no such system exists outside the military bureaucracy. De Lima was taking exception

Saturday, March 14th, 2015

Mistaking power for virtue

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld Judging from both his cocksure, in-your-face manner and the content of his public utterances over the last five years, Benigno S. C. Aquino III not only fancies himself a...

Saturday, March 7th, 2015

EDSA in context: An uprising 14 years in the making

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld Criticizing those in government — and he might as well have been referring to certain sectors of the media too — who have been campaigning against the passage of...

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

The Anti-Edsa call for war

VANTAGE POINT By Luis V. Teodoro Businessworld Exactly a month after the January 25 Mamasapano clash in Maguindanao, the usual rites marked the 29th anniversary of EDSA 1, the civilian-military mutiny that overthrew the Marcos dictatorship in...

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

The coup against EDSA

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld Only by coincidence are reports of a brewing coup plot circulating on the eve of the 29th anniversary of the EDSA 1 People Power uprising. The usual suspects behind...

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Mamasapano’s other casualties

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld If truth is the first casualty of the Mamasapano incident, the peace agreement between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Philippine government is fast emerging as the...

Sunday, February 8th, 2015

Bangsamoro after Mamasapano: Don’t muddy the issues of war and peace

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld Some broadcast news reports were calling it “a massacre” hardly after the last shots had been fired. Not to be outdone, their colleagues in print said it was “a...

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

Government can’t hide poverty, but not for lack of trying

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld If, as Jordan Belfort (the real life anti-hero of the Martin Scorsese film The Wolf of Wall Street) declares, there is no nobility in poverty, neither is there any...

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

The Pope and climate change

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld Most observers are likely to agree that the visit of Pope Francis has reinvigorated the faith of the millions of Catholics in the only predominantly Christian country in Asia....

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Why some are not Charlie Hebdo

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld Many Filipinos heard it from clerics bristling over tour guide Carlos Celdran’s holding aloft a streamer with the word “Damaso” on it during a mass at the Manila Cathedral....

Saturday, January 10th, 2015

The Pope from the Third World

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld Let’s get the usual “separation-of-church-and-state” argument out of the way first. Securing the Pope, whoever he may be, is a State responsibility and no one in his right mind...

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