Amending the National Defense Act

Analysis and Opinion By Karl M. Garcia     The Vice President Elect and Concurrent Education Secretary wants to bring back ROTC and make it mandatory for Senior High School students. President Marcos reiterated this in his SONA. Now we have House Bill No 11 or the National Defense Act Bill refiled by four congressmen. The bill has a provision for Mandatory Military service with its registration … Continue reading

The Philippine Economy: Duterte Gives Marcos a Bed of Nails

Analysis and Opinion By Chemrock Congratulations to the newly-elected Philippines president Bong Bong Marcos (BBM) who will present his first State Of Nation Address on July 25. Will his ascendancy bring back the pomposity and ostentatious show in his father’s days when SONA brought out the politicians and guests to challenge the Hollywood Academy Award nights? … Continue reading

Don’t move on, but accept the current reality

Analysis and Opinion By JoeAm I will be taking a month off from the blog other than occasional spot checks. We will take a local trip and I’ll set politics aside. Well, the timing is good. President Marcos can have a freebie from my observations as he gets settled in. As a foreigner, it is … Continue reading

Unity, who you?

Analysis and Opinion By JoeAm We need to get a handle on the Marcos campaign’s call for “unity” to figure out if it warrants support should it become an operating framework for the Marcos Administration. Maybe it does, maybe it doesn’t. It seems to me there are two types of unity, one that is political, … Continue reading

Filipinos and Unity

By Irineo B. R. Salazar Joe recently mentioned that Marcos Jr. used unity well as a slogan. Even as someone who is “Pink” I accept that, knowing that unity has been a persistent theme of Filipino nationalism ever since the IDEA of a Filipino nation first arose. Think of the Philippines then, with no common “native” tongue, local elites barely … Continue reading