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Scrap unreliable VCMs for credible elections
by Jarius Bondoc - May 25, 2022 - 12:00am
Secret balloting, open counting.
Okay, city boys, start planting, raising fish
by Jarius Bondoc - May 20, 2022 - 12:00am
City dwellers are mocking Agriculture Secretary William Dar.
Last credibility check:random manual audit
by Jarius Bondoc - May 18, 2022 - 12:00am
Was there fraud in the presidential and VP election? At least 1,800 vote counting machines broke down on E-Day, affecting 1.44 million voters.
Start pimping our women to Chinese opportunists
by Jarius Bondoc - May 11, 2022 - 12:00am
We elected China’s candidates. We voted plundering dynasts. Now suffer the consequence.
Volunteer campaigners repel traditional vote-buyers
by Jarius Bondoc - May 6, 2022 - 12:00am
Huge sums will change hands these next few days. As campaigning ends, national candidates will deliver bags of cash to local counterparts.
If only children could vote, they’d plead...
by Jarius Bondoc - April 29, 2022 - 12:00am
“...Ayoko maging bansot, ayoko maging payatot, ayoko maging kulelat.”
Agri-smuggling likely a cover for shabu
by Jarius Bondoc - April 27, 2022 - 12:00am
Narcotics authorities can put two and two together. A mere P1 million worth of smuggled agricultural produce carries life sentence for economic sabotage, with no bail while on trial.
Agricultural over-importing, smuggling can only go on
by Jarius Bondoc - April 22, 2022 - 12:00am
The Duterte admin misunderstands food security. It over-imports agricultural produce, mostly from China, at slashed tariffs. An illusion of plenty is created.
Memories of paying income, estate taxes
by Jarius Bondoc - April 20, 2022 - 12:00am
Beating last Monday’s deadline to file income tax returns reminded me of a recent Comelec ruling.
As Opposition stays split, supporters defect to Leni
by Jarius Bondoc - April 13, 2022 - 12:00am
As Opposition presidential wannabes refused to unite and avert looming defeat, more and more of their supporters are defecting to Leni Robredo.
If still fractious by Easter, all is lost
by Jarius Bondoc - April 8, 2022 - 12:00am
In a video of Earth zooming out from a spacecraft’s camera, Carl Sagan reminded that humans are but specks on a dot in the vast universe.
Vote buying melded with disinformation
by Jarius Bondoc - April 6, 2022 - 12:00am
Text blasts regularly smear a re-electionist mayor in Metro Manila. Slyly worded, the messages impute crookedness.
‘Presidentiables,’ please unite, save us from Communist China
by Jarius Bondoc - March 30, 2022 - 12:00am
A re-electionist governor in North Luzon invites not only illicit China black sand extractors but also its military to his province.
Quarries will again trigger ruinous floods starting May
by Jarius Bondoc - March 25, 2022 - 12:00am
Two months from now dry faucets will turn into floods. Rains will rush down bald mountains, deluging homes and shops below.
China now aggressing Philippine inner waters
by Jarius Bondoc - March 18, 2022 - 12:00am
Picture yourself frolicking on Boracay’s white sands in the center of the archipelago. Then a gray China navy warship suddenly draws near, cannons menacing and drones videoing you.
Chinese navy ‘spied on’ PH-US drills in Palawan
by Jarius Bondoc - March 16, 2022 - 12:00am
The Chinese navy trespassed Palawan inner waters during joint Philippine-US military exercises there. People’s Liberation Army-Navy electronic reconnaissance warship 792 lingered east of Palawan on Jan. 29-Feb....
China threatening Phl anew over oil-rich Recto Bank
by Jarius Bondoc - March 11, 2022 - 12:00am
China is war-mongering again over the Philippines’ oil-rich Recto Bank. President Duterte said Monday a Chinese source warned him of military deployment if the Philippines secures the shallow waters within...
No vision on food, no urgency on fuel
by Jarius Bondoc - March 9, 2022 - 12:00am
The President said Sunday the country must ensure grain security and rely on the domestic market to sustain production.
An alternative to marching into certain ignoble defeat
by Jarius Bondoc - March 4, 2022 - 12:00am
Men make last stands in the face of imminent defeat. The Spartans at Thermopylae, Custer at Little Big Horn, Del Pilar at Tirad Pass had no more option.
Flashback: Laurel’s self-sacrifice to unite the Opposition in 1986
by Jarius Bondoc - March 2, 2022 - 12:00am
“No sacrifice is too great,” Salvador “Doy” Laurel declared on Dec. 12, 1985. He had fought Martial Law since 1972, forming the United Nationalist Democratic Opposition for the cause.
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