“Importanteng Maisama sa Conversation”—Erin Tañada

(First of two parts) by Wilfredo G. Villanueva An activist who talks like he’s in the halls of academe. An oppositionist who still calls President Duterte “pangulo” without a hint of disdain or sarcasm. Took the bar exams doggedly three times to pass, simply because he wants to be a lawyer. He. Wants. To. Be. … Continue reading

The MOU for Philippine participation in the Belt and Road Initiative

By JoeAm Below is the Memorandum of Understanding between the Philippines and China regarding joint participation in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), formerly known as One Belt One Road (OBOR). Here are the highlights: This is China’s initiative to keep growing, postured to share the wealth with participating nations. Participants will be guided by … Continue reading

Why I like Teddy Locsin as Secretary of Foreign Affairs

By JoeAm Bear with me on this. Teddy Locsin is just as much a challenge to my sensibilities as he is to yours. But let’s think this through. The first thing we need to do is set aside our partisanship and think of one thing only, the well-being of the Philippines. That does not mean … Continue reading

Philippines electricity tariff decoded

By Chemrock The Philippines’ electricity cost is one of the highest in the world. Is it really? And if so, what accounts for it? The easiest way out is to put the blame squarely on Cory Aquino for mothballing the Bataan Nuclear project as the underlying reason for costly electricity today. Die-hard Marcos supporters still … Continue reading

The President of the Philippines hates Manila

By JoeAm The President of the Philippines hates Manila. That is my opinion. It is not a fact. It is a deduction. You can decide if it is within a range of acceptable probability. You can decide if it is meaningful or not. The President detests all that Manila stands for. He hates the place. … Continue reading