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Proclamation today: Duterte proof-of-life
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - May 21, 2019 - 12:00am
PRESIDENT Duterte could dispel doubts about his state of health if/when he shows up today, based on Commission on Elections’ optimistic preparation, to witness the proclamation of his winning bets in the May...
Political war fatigue to dampen protests
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - May 19, 2019 - 12:00am
MANY persons active in the May midterm election who now feel campaign fatigue would rather rest and resume their normal lives.
Duterte won fresh vote of confidence?
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - May 16, 2019 - 12:00am
TWO days after the last vote was cast and counted, it looks like the people have given President Duterte a new vote of confidence by electing all his favored candidates for senator.
Voters all set, but is Comelec ready?
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - May 12, 2019 - 12:00am
Some 61 million Filipinos are prepared to cast their vote tomorrow, but is the Commission on Elections ready for the nationwide exercise that could turn ugly if mismanaged?
Our choices for 12 senators, and why
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - May 9, 2019 - 12:00am
DISCLOSURE-1: None of the 62 candidates for senator is a close friend or an acquaintance of long standing.
El Shaddai’s 14 bets split 'Catholic vote'
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - May 7, 2019 - 12:00am
NOBODY is even sure if there is a “Catholic vote” and here comes the leader of the religious group El Shaddai splintering it by endorsing 14 senatorial candidates some of whom may not sit well with those...
Press freedom — Buhay pa ba yan?
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - May 5, 2019 - 12:00am
Like a bereaved family refusing to accept the reality of a member having died, we the so-called Fourth Estate gathered ourselves and our thoughts last Friday under a bold headline declaring that freedom of the press...
It’s a referendum on Duterte regime
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - May 2, 2019 - 12:00am
With just 10 days to go, it is time the underlying aspect of the May 13 election – that it is also a midterm referendum on the Duterte presidency – be brought into focus to help the people cast an informed...
What happened to Marawi funds?
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - April 30, 2019 - 12:00am
WHERE would the billions raised and donated for the rebuilding of Marawi go if affluent businessmen there were to take over the restoration of their city devastated in the battle with ISIS-inspired militants from...
Du30 ‘pasalubong’ can calm concerns?
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - April 28, 2019 - 12:00am
In two weeks, we should know if President Duterte’s “pasalubong” of 19 new investment and trade deals brought home from Beijing yesterday would be enough to calm concerns that he has gone overboard...
PCOO preaches honest reporting!
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - April 25, 2019 - 12:00am
THE PRESIDENTIAL Communications Operations Office, or Malacañang for that matter, may want to tread lightly when it mounts higher ground to pontificate to private media about the evils of disinformation.
Duterte is under the gun in Xi talks
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - April 23, 2019 - 12:00am
PRESIDENT Duterte will be under pressure to bring home concessions when he journeys to Beijing in a few days to clarify contentious maritime issues and the terms of supposedly “easy” Chinese loans to...
Time for Catholics to cast protest vote
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - April 21, 2019 - 12:00am
Whatever dark spirit has been driving President Duterte’s bashing of God, Catholicism and the Church’s teachings, Filipinos emerging from their Lenten spiritual retreat should come out stronger in their...
Maundy Thursday: Humility, healing
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - April 18, 2019 - 12:00am
From the Vatican to the archdiocese of Manila, throughout Christendom, reverberates the message of humility and healing highlighted in today’s Maundy Thursday rites.
The Hague decision hangs over Duterte
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - April 16, 2019 - 12:00am
PRESIDENT Duterte has to decide quickly how to bring up with his Chinese counterpart the arbitral award that invalidated in 2016 China’s expansive claim over much of the South China Sea and affirmed the Philippines’...
Will Locsin’s tough talk vs China work?
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - April 14, 2019 - 12:00am
FOREIGN Secretary Teddy Locsin Jr. is the solitary voice in the Cabinet publicly denouncing the neighborhood bully when it crosses the red line in the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone.
China’s swarming: ‘Cabbage strategy’
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - April 11, 2019 - 12:00am
A CHINESE general gave a preview way back in 2013 of how their People’s Liberation Army deploys a swarm of vessels around disputed islands in the South China Sea in what he called a “cabbage strategy”...
Keep Duterte talking, baring his agenda
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - April 9, 2019 - 12:00am
IT IS best to keep President Duterte talking, even when he is threatening to launch a revolutionary war, so we can monitor better the inner rumblings and not be caught unprepared when he finally boils over.
Regional geopolitics or just local politics?
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - April 7, 2019 - 12:00am
President Duterte is suddenly singing a different tune on China’s land-grabbing spree in the West Philippine Sea – an issue he had dismissed as just part of the “greater game of regional geopolitics”...
AFP must protect Filipino fishermen, but…
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - April 4, 2019 - 12:00am
Our “what if” experts are busy speculating, roused by the pro-China stance taken by President Duterte and the defense department’s signal to Filipinos not to be afraid to fish in Philippine waters...
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