And the winners are: RP and democracy
by Ruben Almendras - May 10, 2022 - 12:00am
I write my columns for Tuesday on Sunday, so this was written a day before the May 9 national elections.
Political dynasty ruined Sri Lanka
by Ruben Almendras - May 3, 2022 - 12:00am
The COVID-19 pandemic and the Ukraine invasion are still hogging the news in the main and social media that there is little coverage of the happenings in Sri Lanka.
The people vs. the tradpol
by Ruben Almendras - April 26, 2022 - 12:00am
The events in the current political campaign leading to the May 2022 election while not unexpected, have socio-political components that may change the politics and governance of the Philippines in the coming y...
The diminishing effects of trolls  
by Ruben Almendras - April 24, 2022 - 12:00am
The trolls we are referring here are those paid internet users who propagate multiple posts and false information in many social media sites with the intention of misleading or promoting advocacies or persons.
A two wo(man) presidential race it is
by Ruben Almendras - April 12, 2022 - 12:00am
The last released poll survey on the election was commissioned/paid by a sponsor and is part of the Cambridge Analytica strategy, so this has to be viewed with a discerning perspective.
Government’s confusing position with China
by Ruben Almendras - April 5, 2022 - 12:00am
China’s encroachments in the West Philippine Sea is one of the five issues in the coming May elections, according to last month’s poll survey.
Election impact of poverty in the Philippines
by Ruben Almendras - March 29, 2022 - 12:00am
Recent data on poverty in the Philippines as of 2022, acknowledged by the government, placed the figure at 15.5% to 17.55% of the population, which translates to 17 million to 20 million Filipinos.
The Robredo campaign phenomena
by Ruben Almendras - March 22, 2022 - 12:00am
The events in the Robredo campaign in the past weeks have been extraordinary and have not been observed in previous election campaigns, that it can be rightfully called a phenomenon.
Positive effects  of Ukraine invasion
by Ruben Almendras - March 15, 2022 - 12:00am
The carnage, the deaths, the destruction of productive structures and a way of life in Ukraine are undeniable and condemnable.
Information technology in Ukraine invasion
by Ruben Almendras - March 8, 2022 - 12:00am
As of January 2021, more than 15 billion cellphones have been sold, and 6.3 billion are smartphones that are currently in use.
Blow back/backlash on the Marcos revisionism
by Ruben Almendras - March 1, 2022 - 12:00am
By this time, it is obvious to many Filipinos that part of the strategy of the Marcoses to make a political comeback, is to revise/rewrite the stories of the Marcos/martial law years to make them more palatable to...
Labor and business for Robredo’s presidency
by Ruben Almendras - February 22, 2022 - 12:00am
Coming from a deep economic recession in the last two years due to the pandemic with Philippine GDP contracting at 16%, the May 2022 elections takes a greater importance for the labor and business sectors.
Elections and organized religions
by Ruben Almendras - February 15, 2022 - 12:00am
It is well known that the Iglesia Ni Cristo, a local Filipino Christian sect endorses national and local candidates every election as leverage or a bargaining chip with potential winning candidates.
Presidential candidates’ forum
by Ruben Almendras - February 8, 2022 - 12:00am
In 2016, I was assigned to cover the presidential debates in Cebu by a national daily so I was in the front row in that event.
Scandalized and outraged?
by Ruben Almendras - February 1, 2022 - 12:00am
Shenanigans and extreme pressure or actions by politicians in many countries have always been deplorable and condemnable.
Inflation and elections
by Ruben Almendras - January 25, 2022 - 12:00am
The increasing government actions on inflation in the Philippines are also due to the coming May 2022 election.
Inflation and the Filipinos
by Ruben Almendras - January 18, 2022 - 12:00am
Among the many conditions/consequences caused by the pandemic, inflation in the economy is now a major concern of the government. In spite of the weakened Philippine economic growth in 2020 and 2021, inflation has...
What the year 2022 will bring?
by Ruben Almendras - January 11, 2022 - 12:00am
Predictions tends to be more dramatic and radical as compared to forecasts.
The inconvenient aftermath of typhoon Odette
by Ruben Almendras - January 4, 2022 - 12:00am
Typhoon Odette was a “zinger”.
Conflicted morals of politicians
by Ruben Almendras - December 14, 2021 - 12:00am
Moral conflicts happen to individuals or groups when decisions or actions have to be made and one of the alternative actions are clearly against the moral/ethical standard of the person or the group.
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