August 01, 2015     Philippines
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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 could be about issues and platforms. In a television interview on Wednesday this week, the LP’s Franklin Drilon

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...

Saturday, June 13th, 2015

Elections: They’re all about money

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld Do those television advertisements trumpeting the virtues of individuals who have either announced their intention to run for elective office in 2016, or whom many assume will be candidates...

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

Amending the Charter: More of the same?

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld Even some members of the House of Representatives and of the Senate were themselves surprised by House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte’s and Senate President Franklin Drilon’s announcement that they would...

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

In the Philippines: Education or indoctrination?

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld As in several years past, the start of classes in June was preceded by two announcements unwelcome to those who have to pay for their own or their children’s...

Sunday, May 24th, 2015

The Circus | It’s coming …although it never really left

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld Will Vice-President Jejomar Binay still run for President in 2016 despite his falling approval and preference numbers? Who will be his running mate, if ever? Wily tactician that he...

Friday, May 15th, 2015

Non-partisanship and other illusions

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld Inaccuracy is the worst offense journalists can commit. False or misleading information can cause people to make bad choices, such as which candidate to vote for, or what public...

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