Category: Vantage Point

Still a dangerous place

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld The facts simply do not support Malacañang’s contention that “since the triumph of the EDSA People Power revolution, the Philippines has become anew a bastion of freedom of expression and of the press.” This grand declaration was part of a statement by Presidential Communications Operations Secretary Herminio…

Mutually using Mamasapano

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld Partisan politics was all over the Senate “reinvestigation” of the Jan. 25, 2015 Mamasapano incident in which 67 people — 44 men of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force (PNP-SAF), at least 17 Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighters, and six non-combatants — were killed. The…

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld President Benigno S. C. Aquino III returned to the Philippines last Saturday after a week-long visit to France, Italy and the Vatican, but his remarks upon landing at the airport sounded as if he were still in another country. Mr. Aquino said it was “great” to be…

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld His rising numbers in the surveys suggest that Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte is within striking distance of the presidency. That possibility demands a serious assessment of the prospects and implications of a Duterte administration, given his reputation as a street toughie who at least tolerates,…

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld As of this writing, French police had arrested some 30 people suspected of involvement in the Nov. 13 terror attack on Paris which left at least 129 civilians dead and 300 injured. The Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility, and France has described the attack as an…

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld From clearing Metro Manila’s thoroughfares of street vendors, parked cars, and sidewalk stalls to prevent the horrendous traffic jams that everyday make moving from one place to another torture for motorists and commuters, to rounding up the street children that have become the fixtures of busy intersections…