September 02, 2014     Philippines
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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 signaled the end of congressional pork. President Benigno S. Aquino III, after vigorously defending the PDAF, then attempted

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...

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

Good faith? Good grief!

By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo Streetwise | BusinessWorld The Supreme Court declaration of the unconstitutionality of “acts and practices under the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP),” coming on the heels of the detention of senators charged with plunder for amassing...

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

June 12: What’s there to celebrate?

By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo Streetwise | BusinessWorld Independence Day has never been more of a sham and a shame than it is today, 116 years since the Declaration of Independence against Spanish colonization “under the protection of the...

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

Connecting the dots

By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo Streetwise | BusinessWorld Three seemingly unconnected events have been unfolding in the past days and weeks — the exposé on the “Napolist” or list of legislators acting as alleged partners-in-crime of pork barrel scam...

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

A base by any other name

By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo Streetwise | BusinessWorld Official secrecy, obfuscation and outright lies have characterized continuing US military presence and activity in the Philippines since permanent US military bases were booted out in 1991. Whatever information has been...

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

EDCA — negotiated surrender of sovereignty

By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo Streetwise | BusinessWorld Now we know why the “negotiations” for what would emerge as the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) were conducted under a cloak of secrecy. Not a single byte of the draft...

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