China’s Viral Belt and Road Initiative

Analysis and Opinion By Dean de la Paz Hegemony takes many forms.From conquests, and colonization, the menu now includes terraforming watery shoals, foreign debt-compromised infrastructure with sovereign guarantees that hock patrimonial assets, the invasion of online gambling armies and battle-ready battalions of foreign construction and factory workers. The most farfetched form of domination is inflicting … Continue reading

Justice and the second dictatorship

Analysis and Opinion By Dean de la Paz From the time that our first dictatorship was spawned, first in the guise of a two-term presidency, and later when statutory terms ended, all pretensions vanished and martial law was declared to perpetuate both power and plunder, it had taken us more than twenty years to shed its shroud.  Today, 35 years hence, justice has not … Continue reading

“Biggest Scam” Awards, Philippines

Analysis and Opinion By Joe America Excellence is driven by constant self-assessment. Transparency. Objectivity. Rigorous study. But the Duterte Administration does little of this. Energy is spent blaming people, making excuses, hiding data (the price of Sinovac; how intelligence funds are spent), and snowing citizens with propaganda. The Government takes credit where blame is due. … Continue reading

The problem when voters don’t accept accountability for their votes

Analysis and Opinion By Joe America Although I agree that any successful political candidate must be able to connect with voters, I’m struggling with the idea that one ought not criticize voters for electing Trumps and Dutertes. Rather, you should respect their choices, made sincerely given the condition of their condition. Isn’t that seeing voters … Continue reading

Magdalo, Marcos and Metro Manila

Analysis and Opinion By Irineo B. R. Salazar Social media reports of a Magdalo poll putting BongbongMarcos in the lead as the next President are making the rounds and have shocked many. Jozy Acosta-Nisperos brings the Luzon belt (Region 3+4 and NCR) into play which makes sense – and BTW does not doubt the veracity of the poll which Magdalo … Continue reading