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Monthly archive May 2019

Once a liar, now he’s telling the truth?

Charges against the Duterte clan and friends, Bikoy is a liar. Charges against the Liberal Party and Trillanes, Bikoy is telling the truth. Is that fair? Is that just? Is that the rule of law?

Deeper economic reforms a must after Duterte’s midterm victory

Some foreign observers look at this victory as “weakening” Philippine democracy. This is foolish judgment. The vote was firm and strongly indicated a landslide victory in a fair exercise of the vote, which is the mark of any democracy.

Was there tampering and manipulation?

Is it possible that there was tampering in the 2019 elections and manipulation of the results? I asked a couple of IT experts. The answer was a resounding yes. It is possible. Whether it actually happened is another matter.

The worsening US-China trade war

The big economic news today is the failure of the US and China to end the trade war with an agreement. While initially there was widespread optimism about a deal in the works last week, a rude awakening came.

What have they done to deserve our vote?

The midterm elections are upon us, and my colleagues in the political sciences and in public administration say that the results will be an indication of how the country assesses the President, as he hits the middle of his administration.

US trade, economic policy toward the Philippines in the 1900s

Old economic problems resurrect themselves in the same form over and over. An example was the resolution of trade and protection affecting the Philippines as a colony during the early years of the 1900s.

Twilight of the rule of law

The MWSS decision constitutes a rape of the rule of law even if the concessionaires decided to hold their horses. If left to stand, it establishes a precedent that a guilty party can reap political pogi points by scapegoating a vulnerable party.