July 29, 2014     Philippines
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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. Aquino’s dark side. Rather than be introspective, if not a bit humbled, by the majority Supreme Court decision,

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...

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

Defending economic sovereignty

By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo Streetwise | BusinessWorld As the visit of US President Obama to Manila looms close, both the Philippine and US governments are drumbeating the signing of the apparently more palatable Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA)...

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Upending economic sovereignty thru Cha-cha

By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo Streetwise | BusinessWorld In the run-up to the Manila visit of US President Barack Obama, mass media attention has been riveted towards the cat-and-mouse game of Philippine and Chinese naval forces near the Ayungin...

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

Dealing with China

By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo Streetwise | BusinessWorld When we criticize and oppose a new de facto basing agreement dubbed the “Framework Agreement on Enhanced Defense Cooperation” between the Philippines and the United States of America, we are often...

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

Honoring agreements, a prerequisite to peace

By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo Streetwise | BusinessWorld THE SIGNING of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) by the Philippine Government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) yesterday, is being hailed as “historic” and ushering in...

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