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Four-week teleserye

August 24th, 2018

It all started four weeks ago, at the State of the Nation Address. I’m not referring to the SONA itself, the message or performance of President Rodrigo Duterte, and that is unusual. This time, he was upstaged by his daughter, Inday Sara, who dipped tried her hand in national politics and showed she could do effectively. In what seems very clear to me, she made a play, got key partners to play with her, and managed to remove then Pantaleon Alvarez from the Speakership position.

What the Sona incident tells us

August 7th, 2018

When Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos climbed up to the lower tier of the Batasan rostrum, posing for a  “photo op” while then-Speaker-in-waiting Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was conferring with House of Representatives leaders and members, many House members started calling for someone to  “escort” the governor down from the area.

Still armed with different metrics, TV giants lay claim to lead

August 4th, 2018

Broadcast giant GMA Network Inc. claimed a lead in urban ratings for July 2018 as it received a boost from its coverage of special events, including President Duterte’s third State of the Nation Address.

Rejecting ‘No-el’, rejecting ‘Con-ass’

August 4th, 2018

Shortly after it happened, Party-list Rep. Lito Atienza offered the most positive spin a politician could give to that spectacle of a coup against Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez that upstaged President Duterte’s State of the Nation Address. The congressmen, said Atienza, ousted Alvarez because he wanted to cancel the 2019 midterm elections.

Where’s mention of Mindanao martial law?

August 1st, 2018

For something as consequential as martial law, there was not a single mention of it in President Duterte’s State of the Nation Address (Sona). And for a vast island group, home to six unique administrative regions, Mindanao was only mentioned eight times. Finally, in his sentence closing that mention of Mindanao, Mr. Duterte spoke of only two directions his home region could take: war or peace.

Logically inconsistent Sona

August 1st, 2018

I nearly fell off my seat when President Duterte in his third State of the Nation Address (Sona) said: “You are for human rights (referring to human rights advocates), I am for human lives.”

Palace: Aquino ‘partly to blame’ for culture of impunity

July 31st, 2018

Former President Benigno Aquino III is partly to blame for the culture of impunity in the country because he failed to do enough to address incidents of media killings during his term.

Intoxicating lure of power

July 31st, 2018

It was the stuff that events or movie directors dread or dream of, depending on what kind of a director you are. Joyce Bernal certainly did not expect the spectacle that happened in last week’s State of the Nation Address.

Albayalde: PNP committed to safeguarding food security, consumer rights

July 30th, 2018

Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde assured the public that the police consider the issue on food security as important as the administration’s war on illegal drugs.

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