Duterte terminally ill? Doesn’t seem like it
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - September 25, 2018 - 12:00am
SEEING the morbid question “Is Duterte dying?” asked in social media early this month as a weary President Duterte sailed through stormy political weather, I posted on Twitter: “Yes, Duterte is...
‘Inclusive growth program on course’
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - September 23, 2018 - 12:00am
Since you’re reading this, you must have survived somehow last Friday’s clash of partisans during the commemoration of the declaration of Marcosian martial rule on Sept. 21, 1972.
RTC judges’ courage to rouse SC justices?
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - September 20, 2018 - 12:00am
AS in a reversal of roles, the justices of the Supreme Court appear being reminded of judicial independence and courage by their juniors handling sensitive cases in such Regional Trial Courts as in Bulacan and ...
Man-made rice crisis worse than typhoon
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - September 18, 2018 - 12:00am
No one in government could have stopped typhoon Ompong’s rampage in Northern Luzon over the weekend, but a proactive administration could have forestalled the crisis scenario of having people lining up for...
Can’t Duterte just ignore Trillanes?
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - September 16, 2018 - 12:00am
President Duterte gains nothing, loses much, by continuing to think and talk of Sen. Antonio Trillanes. By engaging the minority senator, he has only succeeded in unduly magnifying his image as an opposition fi...
Who warned Duterte of plot against him?
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - September 13, 2018 - 12:00am
LIKE the New York Times being forced by President Trump to reveal who wrote its hot op-ed item on White House intrigues, President Duterte may find himself pressed to disclose which foreign power gave information...
October windmills of Duterte’s mind
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - September 11, 2018 - 12:00am
President Duterte cut short Saturday his sojourn in Jordan to save face (and, by coincidence, taxpayers’ money) and rushed home bearing dire warnings of ill winds of October conspiring to blast him off his...
Ugly pattern of gov’t taking back its word
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - September 6, 2018 - 12:00am
HOW CAN the administration engender trust when it shows an ugly pattern of taking back official government actions or commitments on high-profile issues just on the say-so of President Duterte?
Manuel L. Quezon gave haven to persecuted Jews
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - September 4, 2018 - 12:00am
WITH the ongoing visit of President Duterte to Israel highlighting cordial Filipino interaction with the Jews, we dug into our archive to review Postscripts on the Philippines’ having been a haven to the Jews...
Hangar obstructing end of Clark runway
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - September 2, 2018 - 12:00am
Some pilots flying into Clark International Airport (CRK) have been puzzled by a hangar positioned at the end of one of its two 3.2-kilometer runways, rendering the blocked airstrip unusable even in emergencies...
NAIA’s twin gate: Clark or Bulakan?
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - August 30, 2018 - 12:00am
CLARK International Airport in Pampanga and a modern airport-city proposed to be built in a Bulacan town are in a friendly race to become the twin international gateway of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in...
It’s done. No point opposing De Castro
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - August 28, 2018 - 12:00am
The appointment of Teresita Leonardo-De Castro as Chief Justice is done. Since she has all the required qualifications and none of the disqualifications, it looks pointless to question her having been chosen by President...
Du30 latest victim of ‘Norwegia’ virus
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - August 26, 2018 - 12:00am
Just when we thought Malacañang’s media office has controlled the spread of its “Norwegia” fake-news virus, President Duterte stood Tuesday in a Cebu City conference showing signs he may...
Michael Cohen pleads guilty; Paul Manafort convicted
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - August 23, 2018 - 12:00am
THIS can’t happen in the Philippines, I muttered while watching TV coverage of the double-barrel hits that President Trump took Tuesday when two close associates lost court battles, threatening his own hold...
Importing fish: Sign of mismanagement
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - August 21, 2018 - 12:00am
We’ve gotten used to massive rice importation by the ruling party to raise funds before an election, but to see our archipelago that is blessed with abundant fishery resources now importing fish is just too...
Duterte ‘telling’ PET to favor Bongbong?
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - August 19, 2018 - 12:00am
President Duterte is not keeping it a secret that he wants to hand the presidency, when he resigns, to the son and namesake of the late President Ferdinand Marcos – even if Bongbong Marcos is not in the line...
Believe sniffer dogs rather than Duterte?
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - August 16, 2018 - 12:00am
It is disturbing that some people would rather believe drug-sniffing dogs than the President of the Philippines when he said that no narcotics were hidden in the magnetic lifters found Friday by government raiders...
Just let Customs go to the dogs!
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - August 14, 2018 - 12:00am
AFTER the smuggling Friday of P6.8-billion worth of narcotics, which was just one of big illegal drug shipments periodically allowed to slip in, we say in exasperation: Let Customs go to the dogs!
Du30 still has time to drop federalism
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - August 12, 2018 - 12:00am
There is still time for President Duterte to change his mind, as he often does, about shifting to a federal system that will enshrine him in history as the Philippine leader who cut up his country into autonomous...
The majority picks the minority leader!
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - August 9, 2018 - 12:00am
AT THE HOUSE of Representatives the other day, the supermajority elected one of themselves – Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez – as the Minority Leader, a position that made him look something like the boss of...
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