Ombudsman must enforce SALN law
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - September 24, 2020 - 12:00am
Even the Ten Commandments can be “weaponized” and abused, so do we close our eyes to all our trespasses until Yahweh descends again on Mount Sinai and hands over an amended Decalogue?
Lingering thoughts on Pemberton case
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - September 22, 2020 - 12:00am
While we talked last Tuesday of the closure of the Pemberton case, it now seems that the story of the US serviceman who killed Filipino transgender Jennifer Laude in 2014 is not yet over on the other side of the...
Motorbike photos not proof of health
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - September 20, 2020 - 12:00am
Those night shots of President Duterte trying to balance himself on a motorbike parked in the Malacañang grounds across the Pasig River with four security men assisting him speak volumes about various co...
Duterte hits critics: ‘They lie, we don’t’
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - September 17, 2020 - 12:00am
President Duterte urged the people in his televised Monday report not to believe his critics when they speak ill of the administration’s handling of the twin problems of the COVID-19 pandemic and the faltering...
Most fitting closure to Pemberton case
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - September 15, 2020 - 12:00am
The message “May he find peace of mind” floated above the cacophony that sent off US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton who was deported Sunday after serving time for killing transgender Jennifer Laude in...
White sand band-aid won’t save the bay
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - September 13, 2020 - 12:00am
One does not have to be a seasoned environmentalist to see the folly of spreading fake white sand like a band-aid strip on a short stretch of the Manila Bay shore to clean, beautify and rehabilitate it.
Duterte need not justify GI’s pardon
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - September 10, 2020 - 12:00am
President Duterte need not sound defensive in justifying his grant of absolute pardon to US Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton who killed transgender hospitality worker Jennifer Laude in 2014 in a motel in...
COVID could make or break presidents
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - September 8, 2020 - 12:00am
As the Philippines keeps its lead in the regional race to the top of the COVID heap, China and Russia are in another competition to win the favor of Filipinos fending off the invisible coronavirus that has infected...
Let Duterte choose his own successor?
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - September 6, 2020 - 12:00am
It doesn’t look right, it is obscene, to allow President Duterte to “designate” who will succeed him if he dies in office or is permanently disabled at the same time that all the officials in the...
PhilHealth given ‘shock treatment’
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - September 3, 2020 - 12:00am
The country’s health insurance system is very sick. In fact, the Philippine Health Insurance Corp that is supposed to pump blood into it appears to be hemorrhaging so badly that the reserve fund supporting...
Executive caretaker or chosen survivor?
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - September 1, 2020 - 12:00am
Instead of assigning a “designated survivor” to carry us through a hypothetical succession crisis, we see more urgency in forming an executive caretaker team to act quickly on real problems as President...
Philippines is just a mirón in US-China game
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - August 30, 2020 - 12:00am
The Philippines is a minor player, actually mostly a mirón that can afford only small side bets, but it has much to gain or lose in the big-power geopolitical game raging between its friends the United States...
‘How nice it is to do nothing, then rest’
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - August 27, 2020 - 12:00am
“HOW sweet it is to do nothing, and to rest afterward.”
DFA-DND tandem hits China’s antics
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - August 25, 2020 - 12:00am
While President Duterte was in “perpetual isolation” in Davao, his foreign affairs and national defense secretaries in Manila took turns lambasting China’s preposterous claims related to its squatting...
Cure, don’t cover up, Duterte’s ailments
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - August 23, 2020 - 12:00am
Powerful rulers also get sick, and even so-called strongmen waste away when their expiry dates catch up with them. So why should assistants of President Duterte hide it when he, like everybody else, is visited by...
If Duterte flies out, then he can’t return?
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - August 20, 2020 - 12:00am
President Duterte said he did not sneak out on an air ambulance for medical treatment in Singapore over the weekend, but was just in Davao in what his spokesman called “perpetual isolation” with his second...
No, education isn’t being reinvented
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - August 18, 2020 - 12:00am
The resetting to Oct. 5 of the Aug. 24 start of the school year may look like a grace period, a welcome relief all around, but the seven-week extension still sees everybody cramming, as Filipinos are wont to do at...
Choose your vaccine: Chinese or Russian?
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - August 16, 2020 - 12:00am
We asked on Twitter the other day: “If you’ll need a COVID-19 vaccine before December and only the Chinese and the Russian vaccines are available by then, which vaccine will you choose?”
China to take Fuga: Another false alarm?
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - August 13, 2020 - 12:00am
China will reap benefits from controlling Fuga island so close to Taiwan, but is it willing to catch the fallout of turning the resort into a forward base in its creeping domination of the South China Sea?
Mixing traditional and distance classes
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - August 11, 2020 - 12:00am
When schools open on Aug. 24, many of the expected 20-million+ students will not be in the usual classrooms but at home taking distance lessons being introduced to protect them from the resurging COVID-19 pande...
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