POSTSCRIPT
Philippines: Asia’s surprise turnaround story?
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - January 17, 2019 - 12:00am
WE HATE to say it, but since many Filipinos seem to believe foreign prophets more than their own, we share below a Bloomberg report titled “The Philippines could be Asia’s surprise turnaround story this...
Hanjin: Balancing security, economy
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - January 15, 2019 - 12:00am
THE POSSIBLE takeover by Chinese investors of the troubled Hanjin shipbuilding/shipyard facility in Subic Bay is fraught with security implications that the administration must weigh together with political and economic...
Duterte’s problem of communication
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - January 13, 2019 - 12:00am
It is pretty obvious that President Duterte is handicapped by his inability to communicate effectively to the public, a problem that impacts negatively on many aspects of his administration.
Give us a president, not a standup comic
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - January 10, 2019 - 12:00am
WILL somebody please whisper to the Mayor that “Joke Time” is over, and that what the nation needs badly now is a President, not a standup comedian.
Duterte campaigns for his favorite trio
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - January 7, 2019 - 12:00am
Dismayed by the failure of his favored senatorial candidates to make it into the Magic 12 in surveys, President Duterte has thrown caution to the wind and openly endorsed them in what looks like premature campa...
Puno vs GMA draft of federal charter
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - January 6, 2019 - 12:00am
THERE are two drafts of the federal charter being proposed to replace the 1987 Constitution – one written by the Consultative Committee (ConCom) headed by former Chief Justice Reynato Puno and another one,...
Draft charters favor Duterte staying on
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - January 3, 2019 - 12:00am
THE DRAFT federal-parliamentary constitution that President Duterte endorses for adoption would give a hint of what he plans to do when his term ends in 2022 – whether he would step down as he should or hold...
Duterte wants to see Church on its knees?
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - January 1, 2019 - 12:00am
THERE is no way that a Rodrigo Duterte can bring the Catholic church in the Philippines to its knees – as he seems to want to do unless it “corrects itself” – by escalating his tirades against...
Duterte – the man to beat in 2019 polls
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - December 30, 2018 - 12:00am
EVERYTHING considered, President Duterte would still be the man to beat if a referendum on his presidency were to be held simultaneously with the election of members of the next Congress in May 2019.
Most Filipinos think US will defend them
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - December 27, 2018 - 12:00am
It was not surprising that 61 percent or three out of every five adult Filipinos said in the latest survey that they believe the United States would come to their succor if the country were invaded.
A Christmas Tree: Faith, hope, charity
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - December 25, 2018 - 12:00am
OUR life’s Christmas Tree stands on a triangular base of faith, hope and charity around which we celebrate such a special day as today, Jesus’ birthday.
When admin itself does the bullying…
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - December 23, 2018 - 12:00am
Bullying is a systematic aggressive behavior using superior force on random victims or perceived foes through physical or verbal abuse, intimidation, demolition jobs or persecution.
House bullies crave for road fund pork?
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - December 18, 2018 - 12:00am
The homily of Chito Cardinal Tagle on the first day of Simbang Gabi was timely. Quoting St. John the Baptist, he said: “Don’t be a bully. Don’t use your power as a license to be rude. Don’t...
Martial Law is an admission of failure
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - December 16, 2018 - 12:00am
By asking for another extension of emergency martial law in Mindanao, this time until the end of 2019, President Duterte was admitting his failure to curb lawlessness in his own backyard during the two years he has...
Pope is endorsing Duterte drug drive?
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - December 4, 2018 - 12:00am
IT IS amazing how a message of Pope Francis to an international conference on the global narcotics problem has been misinterpreted in Manila as an endorsement of the bloody anti-drug campaign of the Duterte adm...
PAL long-haul jets help shrink globe
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - December 2, 2018 - 12:00am
I am typing this “Postscript” some 40,000 feet above Russia as our Philippine Airlines flight wings its silken way across the polar route on a 16.5-hour non-stop flight from New York to Manila. We took...
Summing up fight for power franchise
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - November 27, 2018 - 12:00am
Who will take care of the power needs of 64,000 household and business consumers in Iloilo City when the franchise of Panay Electric Co. (PECO) expires in January 2019?
MoU is no ‘sell-out’ nor ‘act of betrayal’
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - November 25, 2018 - 12:00am
The recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Philippines and China on oil and gas exploration stirred some sectors watching for missteps in President Duterte’s dealings with China President...
Key question: Can we trust Duterte?
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - November 22, 2018 - 12:00am
WE must thank China President Xi Jinping for being with us for two days, if only because his state visit helped open up and clarify some sticky points regarding Philippines-China relations.
Xi Jinping seeks improved ties with visit
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - November 20, 2018 - 12:00am
China President Xi Jinping arrives in Manila today for a two-day state visit.
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