September 18, 2014     Philippines
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Saturday, September 6th, 2014

Machiavellian mischief in Malacañang

By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo Streetwise | BusinessWorld President Benigno S. Aquino III’s volte-face regarding Charter change (Cha-cha), after repeatedly stating that he did not see the need for it (not even for the promised economic benefits its proponents claimed would follow), is self-serving no matter how one looks at it. Mr. Aquino says he arrived at

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

Beyond the fear of losing Mideast jobs

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld About the Middle East and Libya many Filipinos have one fear, and that’s the loss of their jobs as the region and that country fall apart, besieged by the...

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

Impeachment proceedings against P-Noy: A postscript

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star Voting uniformly three times — 54 no, 4 yes, 0 abstain — on sufficiency in substance of each of the three verified complaints filed against President...

Friday, September 5th, 2014

WEF rankings upgrade, what’s in it for ordinary Filipinos?

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective The Philippines recently moved up seven notches from 59th to 52nd out of 144 countries in the ranking of the World Economic Forum (WEF) for “global competitiveness.” Malacañang hailed it as a...

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

People’s initiative: Challenges and responses

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star Definitively, the nationwide sign-up campaign for a trailblazing people’s initiative bill to abolish the pork barrel system and, through its penal provisions, to “exact accountability for...

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

Critics being negative about negativity is a positive thing

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld Benigno Aquino III has done it before: lamented the “negativity” of his critics as well as that of the Philippine press and media. “Negativity” and “negativism” have been an...

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

The juggernaut that’s the anti-pork movement

By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo Streetwise | BusinessWorld A year ago it had seemed that the spontaneous gesture of outrage by hundreds of thousands who converged at the Rizal Park to protest the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) anomalies...

Friday, August 29th, 2014

The list of problems gets longer and longer

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective Despite the Aquino government’s claims to the contrary, there are a lot of things that are terribly wrong now. And the government doesn’t seem to have a comprehensive, integrated plan to address...

Friday, August 29th, 2014

DAP: Of ghost dump trucks, destructive dams and bureaucrat capitalism

KALIBUTAN By LEON DULCE Did you know that at least P55 billion ($1.260 B) or around 38 percent of public funds that went to the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) presented serious environmental risks? This question begs to...

Friday, August 29th, 2014

10 myths destroyed by the People’s Initiative campaign

QUESTION EVERYTHING Mong Palatino 1. President Noynoy Aquino is sincere in abolishing the pork barrel system. PDAF (legislative pork) was abolished but the funds were embedded in the national budget. DAP (presidential pork) was discontinued but...

Monday, August 25th, 2014

People’s Initiative: Is the new game in town worth the candle?

By SARAH RAYMUNDO BLOODRUSH It seems clear, especially now that we have yet another Aquino for a president, that the dream of a democratic political field is still a tough and necessary task. The pork barrel...

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