December 20, 2014     Philippines
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Monday, June 30th, 2014

Politicians and other vermin

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld Some Filipinos probably thought that the family members of Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. were speaking metaphorically when they complained about the infestation of “rats and roaches” in Revilla’s detention cell in the Philippine National Police Custodial Center. But they were being literal, and were not referring

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Master’s tools (Notes on cynicism, labor, finance capital, and the art industry)

The current economic crisis under global capitalism is worsening at a speed that even its most shrewd and sneaky economic managers have not succeeded in slowing it down. But its cultural managers scattered in key institutions still...

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Blood rush over bloodbaths | Still killing and dying for Hacienda Luisita

Twenty seven years ago on January 22, 1987, 10,000-15,000 marching farmworkers of Hacienda Luisita and land reform advocates were met with bullets as they bravely wagered for land, labor, and life. This fatal encounter, now known as...

Saturday, August 17th, 2013

Estrada’s ‘Magna Carta’ bill

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld In response to, among other media issues, the continuing killing of journalists — 130 so far killed in the line of duty since 1986 and 16 since Benigno Aquino...

Saturday, August 17th, 2013

Insurance Commission remiss in regulating pre-need firms

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star Last April 20 and 27, I wrote about how Pryce Plans, Inc. and its president, Salvador P. Escano, treated me over the lump-sum payment of my...

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Rallies and timezones

QUESTION EVERYTHING Mong Palatino Because of varying time zones, it is almost impossible to organize synchronized global protests. Realtime uprisings in the global village are actually done in a continuum. Let us assume for example that...

Saturday, August 10th, 2013


By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld Campaigning in 2010, Benigno Aquino III identified corruption as the cause of Philippine poverty, and promised to put an end to it once he was elected President. It hasn’t...

Saturday, August 10th, 2013

P-Noy mum on human rights, GPH-NDFP peace talks

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star Last August 2, the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process issued a quaint statement through its website. It’s titled, “Goodwill, sincerity will move...

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Beyond internet activism

QUESTION EVERYTHING Mong Palatino The opposite of internet activism is not street activism but no-activism. Online petitions and political hashtags are indispensable in the campaign for change while non-action is a convenient option that only serves...

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

How far can Pope Francis shake up the Catholic Church?

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star By his humble demeanor and simple lifestyle and his public pronouncements since his election as Pontiff in March, Pope Francis (the former Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of...

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

Looking for a champion

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld Manny Pacquiao has every right to aspire for the Presidency, for which post he could run by 2022 when he turns 43. Currently 34 years old, Pacquiao will qualify...

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