POGOs: The enemies within
by Ruben Almendras - June 10, 2024 - 12:00am
The revelations in the Senate investigations of Alice Guo and the subsequent developments are alarming and definitely a cause for concern for the government, politicians, social order, the people and the countr...
Alice Guo an incidental spy
by Ruben Almendras - June 3, 2024 - 12:00am
We will not belabor the testimony and narrative of Alice Guo in the last two weeks of the Senate hearings which has become more incredible and contradictory.
Honor among politicians
by Ruben Almendras - May 27, 2024 - 12:00am
The replacement of Zubiri as Senate President by Escudero may have been a minor political event, except for the video drama which exposed further the morality and lack of honor among Filipino politicians.
Failure in governance and management
by Ruben Almendras - May 20, 2024 - 12:00am
A recent report by the Chandler Good Governance Index had the Philippines fall four slots in governance ranking in 2023.
Communism is not the issue
by Ruben Almendras - May 6, 2024 - 12:00am
Labor Day was not always celebrated on May 1. In 1955 Pope Pius moved it to this date to distinguish it from the date set by the Russian Communist Party which was promoting a class struggle between labor and capitalist,...
The world at war
by Ruben Almendras - April 22, 2024 - 12:00am
Unless you are totally isolated in a desert island without any means of communication, the ongoing wars in many parts of the world is part of your daily information consumption.
BBM disaster to lose WPS
by Ruben D. Almendras - April 8, 2024 - 12:00am
On top of the hot weather that is scorching us, the hottest topic in the last few weeks/months and in the weeks ahead has/will be the continuous bullying of the Chinese coast guard ships on Philippine’s vessels...
Government dole-outs are not solutions
by Ruben Almendras - March 25, 2024 - 12:00am
On top of the “pantawid sa pamilya” poverty assistance, and the dole-outs and subsidies during the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been new/additional financial assistance to disaster victims, senior citizens/PWD...
China’s intrusions and public opinion
by Ruben Almendras - March 18, 2024 - 12:00am
China’s intrusions in the Philippines territorial waters are getting more aggressive and more often that they are in the news every week in the main and social media.
Politics, ethics, and Quiboloy
by Ruben Almendras - March 11, 2024 - 12:00am
The ongoing and continuing issues of Quiboloy’s sexual and other abuses of his followers, money laundering, illegal possession of firearms, contempt for refusal to heed a Senate investigation, and other alleged...
Duterte on strategic retreat?
March 4, 2024 - 12:00am
Two weeks after attacking BBM in a Davao rally, accusing him of being a cocaine addict and threatening to mount a movement to oust him and/or seceding Mindanao from the Philippines, Duterte has backtracked on all...
Distrust/mistrust of politicians
by Ruben Almendras - February 26, 2024 - 12:00am
There are two planned anti-Charter Change rallies for February 25 in Manila and Cebu.
Is minimum wage counterproductive?
by Ruben Almendras - February 19, 2024 - 12:00am
Last week the Philippines Senate passed on second reading the proposed ?100 per day addition to the current minimum daily wage in the country.
Economic probabilities for 2024
by Ruben Almendras - January 1, 2024 - 12:00am
The title of this column is “economic probabilities” as forecasts are rarely accurate so all are probabilities.
Taxes and economic development
by Ruben Almendras - November 28, 2023 - 12:00am
There is a proposed huge real estate tax increase in Cebu City that will quadruple the tax for residential lots and up to 11 times for commercial properties.
Politicians dilemmaon De lima
by Ruben Almendras - November 21, 2023 - 12:00am
The release of former senator De Lima on bail after almost seven years in detention was overwhelmingly greeted by people in all sectors.
Winning the propaganda wars
by Ruben Almendras - November 14, 2023 - 12:00am
Together with the ongoing Israel-Hamas and Ukraine-Russia conflict and many other civil wars, the cold war between the western democratic alliance against the autocratic China/Russia/North Korea/Iran axis are the...
Headwinds/sinkholes of the BBM administration
by Ruben Almendras - October 31, 2023 - 12:00am
These are not the “best of times” for the world, politically, economically, and environmentally.
Effects of wars on the Philippines
by Ruben Almendras - October 24, 2023 - 12:00am
There are nine ongoing armed conflicts in the world that may be considered major wars, as it has killed and injured thousands.
Was Goliath a Palestine?
by Ruben Almendras - October 17, 2023 - 12:00am
The ongoing battle/war in Gaza between the Israelis and the Hamas Palestinians after Hamas fighters fired rockets, crossed the borders shooting, killing, and kidnapping/hostaging, is now escalating.
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