Duterte’s difficult road to Damascus
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - July 15, 2018 - 12:00am
The 30 minutes that President Rodrigo Duterte had Monday with Archbishop Romulo Valles, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, were too short for taking up his litany of grievances...
Duterte not resigning, not tired, after all!
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - July 12, 2018 - 12:00am
ONE of the pitfalls of writing under a deadline is that sometimes we quote the President of the Republic on something momentous, only to be told later that he had made a backflip and changed his mind, again.
Comelec affirms 25% oval-shading
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - July 10, 2018 - 12:00am
Many readers want to see the Commission on Election’s resolution setting a 25-percent threshold in the valid shading of the ovals on the ballot in the 2016 election, an issue crucial to the poll protest of...
Another Du30 train coming: Federalism
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - July 8, 2018 - 12:00am
The public has not been shown the draft Constitution produced by a commission assigned by President Rodrigo Duterte to write a new charter for, this time, a federal system of government for us listless Filipino...
Climate of fear: A conditioning?
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - July 5, 2018 - 12:00am
Is the climate of fear sown by the spate of killings and harassment of those perceived to be standing in the way part of a conditioning to weaken people’s resistance to a looming power-grab?
Duterte rates his 2nd year as ‘fruitful’
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - July 3, 2018 - 12:00am
MALACANANG announced Sunday that the second-year performance of the Duterte administration that took over on July 1, 2016, has been “fruitful.”
Who’ll give in first in CBCP-Du30 tiff?
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - July 1, 2018 - 12:00am
The influence of the Catholic Church with some 80 million Filipinos within its fold is being put to a test by President Rodrigo Duterte’s striking an unrepentant posture even while his handlers scramble to...
Duterte better drop subject of religion
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - June 28, 2018 - 12:00am
President Rodrigo Duterte is not doing himself, and the country, any good by attacking the Bible and the Catholic Church, getting into an unnecessary dispute over religion that could cause serious damage all ar...
Drug-test officials before school kids
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - June 26, 2018 - 12:00am
Before subjecting grade school children to drug tests, the government better conduct first mandatory drug screening of ranking officials in all branches – from Malacañang, the judiciary, the Congress,...
Duterte rants on, calls God stupid!
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - June 24, 2018 - 12:00am
What has come over President Rodrigo Duterte that, without provocation, he aimed for the very top and called God “stupid” on the basis of his limited understanding of the biblical story of Creation...
No arbitral court to hear Philippine plea?
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - June 21, 2018 - 12:00am
The Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague that handed down the 2016 ruling generally favorable to the Philippines in its maritime dispute with China is not really that “permanent.”
China holds Panatag, but no one owns it
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - June 19, 2018 - 12:00am
Laymen seeing aerial shots of Scarborough (Panatag) shoal off Zambales, with its lagoon walled in by what look like reefs with a hint of vegetation, are often surprised to know that the disputed 150-square-kilometer...
Fingerprints help trace fake FilAms
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - June 17, 2018 - 12:00am
In an unprecedented move potentially affecting thousands of immigrants, including (hope not) a few Filipino Americans, the Trump administration is reviewing now-digitized fingerprints of aliens to weed out those...
Fixing MRT: Japan vs Sobrepeña plan
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - June 14, 2018 - 12:00am
Much has been written about the “Sobrepeña-MRTC option” for rehabilitating the ailing MetroRail Transit Line-3 on EDSA.
Roilo Golez’s untimely death a great loss
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - June 12, 2018 - 12:00am
I was shocked to hear of the death yesterday of Roy Golez, former national security adviser, TOYM awardee, UP MBA valedictorian, and top congressman from Parañaque. Nakababahala ang kanyang biglang pagpa...
What Bourdain said of Duterte’s regime
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - June 10, 2018 - 12:00am
Celebrity chef, traveler and story-teller Anthony Bourdain – host of CNN’s award-winning series “Parts Unknown” – died Friday at age 61 in his hotel room in Paris, apparently a sui...
Change is upon us: Moral bar lowered
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - June 7, 2018 - 12:00am
Relax, folks.
That kiss was gross. Beso-beso na lang!
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - June 5, 2018 - 12:00am
This is unofficial, but the reputation of President Rodrigo Duterte as a great lover may have suffered after that kissing scene last Sunday at the Grand Hilton Convention Center in Seoul. He was in South Korea for...
US assurances too little, too late?
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - June 3, 2018 - 12:00am
Uncle Sam’s efforts to woo back the Philippines even while President Rodrigo Duterte is infatuated with Beijing look like a case of too little too late – but a way may still be found for the White House...
Political will useless sans moral compass
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - May 31, 2018 - 12:00am
When watching President Rodrigo Duterte ramble through his trademark speeches, I often catch myself saying “Sayang si Duterte!”(Such wasted power!)
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