April 21, 2014     Philippines
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Monday, April 14th, 2014

Lawmakers, lawbreakers

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld The conventional wisdom is that the Philippines has good, even great laws, but that the problem is in the implementation, which is done either badly or not at all. The country, so say the conditional and eternal optimists, would otherwise be an earthly paradise via legislation. But

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

Just another imperialist bully

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld The death of Mao Zedong in 1976 led to the dominance of Deng Xiaoping and his like-minded colleagues in the Chinese leadership. To Mao’s insistence that China should hew...

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

The 118-year war

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld They were “insurrectos” during the late Spanish period, “insurgents” during formal US occupation, and “insurgents” still today. Echoing the country’s former and current colonizers, the Philippine government calls what...

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Contradictions

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld If only a few Filipinos seem surprised over claims that two people in media — calling them journalists doesn’t quite seem right — received payoffs from the diversion of...

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

Premature

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago says it’s premature for her fellow politicians to be declaring their plans for 2016 this early. Millions of her countrymen, concerned over unemployment, energy costs,...

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Three women

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld Before Cristina Ponce Enrile announced to the entire country and the world that her husband, former Senate President and chief martial law enforcer Juan Ponce Enrile is, in the...

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

His father’s son?

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld We’ve heard this tune before, for example whenever Benigno Aquino III is accused of not doing anything about extrajudicial killings and the killing of journalists (he claims the latter’s...

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

Sticks and stones

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld The Feb. 18 decision of the Supreme Court is at best only a partial victory for free expression. The Court declared the provisions of the Cyber Crime Prevention Act...

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

Bewitched

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld NO, this isn’t about Benigno Aquino III’s latest love object this Valentine’s Day, but about the jobless. The President of the Philippines, who’s been crowing over the 7.2% growth...

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Rodrigo’s way

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld Although former Manila mayor Alfredo Lim may have once been in the same league, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is in many ways unique. He’s a government official leery...

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

The real scandal

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld A Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) pastoral letter describes poverty in the Philippines as a “social scandal” for which government bears responsibility. But it declares that “we...

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