September 05, 2015     Philippines
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Saturday, August 29th, 2015

Aquino’s uncaring bureaucrats

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld Outraged Filipinos trapped in traffic, trying to make both ends meet, and appalled at the unremitting corruption in government, have been cursing the Aquino bureaucracy, which teems with people who seem to have been chosen for their posts not only because of their closeness to their boss,

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015

Changing the political culture by campaigning early

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld Liberal Party (LP) Secretary General Mel Senen Sarmiento says that the LP will run a “positive campaign” to elect Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II to the Presidency. “It’s...

Saturday, August 15th, 2015

Poverty is the cause, not the result, of overpopulation

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld The Philippine population reached 100 million in 2014, and is projected to reach 101.6 million this year. The projection is based on an annual growth rate of 2.1%, which,...

Saturday, August 8th, 2015

Battle of the SONAs

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld Some Filipinos complain that the State of the Nation Address or SONA has become too politicized, but not just in one, but in two senses has it always been...

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

Filipino media: Out of context — and loving it

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld The absence of context in news reports and even commentaries is a common failing of most of the major news media, in contrast to its frequent and common emphasis...

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

Desperate times, desperate measures

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld Something positive could yet result from the Liberal Party’s (LP) failure to find a popular candidate: the possibility that rather than just another popularity contest, the 2016 presidential elections...

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

The dynastic political system and the scramble for Grace Poe

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld The failure of the so-called political parties and coalitions to name their respective candidates for President and/ or for Vice-President in 2016 is reaching crisis point for the dynastic...

Saturday, July 11th, 2015

Colonialism’s racist legacy

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld If one were to believe a survey which asked people worldwide which “type of people” they would not want to be their neighbors, Filipinos — some 40% of whom...

Saturday, July 4th, 2015

Marcos Junior has outsmarted himself

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld By declaring that Benigno Aquino III should stop persecuting his political enemies while coddling his allies, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. has invited comparisons with his own father’s record —...

Monday, June 29th, 2015

The Laudato Si encyclical: Praise be to Pope Francis

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld The much awaited papal encyclical on climate change and the environment that was finally released by the Vatican last week was also much dreaded in conservative circles within the...

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

Duterte-Marcos: A match made in …

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld Senator Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. has denied receiving any “offer” from Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to run as the latter’s vice-presidential candidate in 2016. But Marcos did tell the...

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