October 22, 2014     Philippines
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Sunday, October 5th, 2014

Student activism…

By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo Streetwise | BusinessWorld The brouhaha over the alleged “violent” protest on campus by University of the Philippines (UP) student activists against the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and its principal architect and implementer, Budget Secretary Butch Abad, comes in the wake of the nation’s recollection of the martial law period. Invariably the role

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Why this police lineup never happened

By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo Streetwise | BusinessWorld This Sept. 21 marks the 42nd anniversary of the imposition of martial law by President Ferdinand E. Marcos. It meant the beginning of mailed-fist dictatorial rule that brought ruin to the...

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

It would take a revolution

By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo Streetwise | BusinessWorld “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” – Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr, 1849 Sometimes it gets more and more difficult to write even just a weekly column. Partly it’s...

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

Aquino allies bulldoze impeachment complaint

By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo Streetwise | BusinessWorld The finding by the House Justice Committee that the three impeachment complaints vs. President Benigno S. Aquino III were “insufficient in substance” effectively killed the complainants’ attempt to get to the...

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...

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...

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Gaza on my mind

By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo Streetwise | BusinessWorld Apocalyptic. That is the word used by those who saw Tacloban in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Yolanda (international code name Haiyan) to describe the devastation wrought on the city and...

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

A sleight-of-hand budget

By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo Streetwise | BusinessWorld The State of the Nation speech of President Benigno S. Aquino III (BSA) has been lauded as “statesmanlike” in that he did not continue his broadside against the Supreme Court over...

Monday, August 4th, 2014

SONA: The (sorry) State of NoyNoy’s Administration

By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo Streetwise | BusinessWorld The President delivers his State of the Nation address (SONA) today besieged from all sides. Benigno S. Aquino III (BSA) is facing the worst political crisis in his career — and...

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

The point of no return for Mr. ‘Straight Path’

By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo Streetwise | BusinessWorld President Benigno S. Aquino III’s bullheaded and combative speech televised nationwide last Monday has turned the tide against Malacaang in its defense of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). It revealed Mr....

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Hubris in the Palace

By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo Streetwise | BusinessWorld Ergo, there will be no sacrificial lambs even if one of the most likely candidates, Budget Secretary Butch Abad, is actually the intellectual author and chief implementor of the DAP. Of...

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