EFREN L. DANAO

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MODERNIZATION of the military will move faster and with less reliance on foreign aid if all military camps are transferred to locations outside Metro Manila. Camp Aguinaldo, the general headquarters of the Armed Forces, Nichols, the GHQ of the Philippine Air Force, Ft. Bonifacio, the GHQ of the Philippine Army…

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THE administration of President Rodrigo Duterte can effect meaningful fiscal reforms by ending the regime of budget savings and underspending blatantly followed by his unlamented and forgettable predecessor. Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto gave notice that the Senate minority would be on the lookout for any underspending of the proposed…

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THE 17th Congress has resumed its regular session with deliberations on the proposed national budget for 2017 on top of its agenda. Indications are that the current crop of supposedly reformist lawmakers will continue to yield their “power of the purse” to Malacanang. It’s very doubtful that Congress will even…

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SEN. Manny Pacquiao’s fight tomorrow against Jessie Vargas in Las Vegas bodes ill for his claim as a pay-per-view star. If the fight bombs at the gate and on PPV — and indications are that it will — then Sunday marks the end of his demands for seven figures per…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte announced recently that he would reappoint all Cabinet members bypassed by the bicameral Commission on Appointments (CA). Since the 17th Congress has been on recess only once since it convened in July 2016, bypassed Cabinet members will be reappointed just for the first time. In all probability,…

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IT’S high time President Rodrigo Duterte directs his diatribes at Arabs who torture and rape Overseas Filipino Workers, especially domestic helpers (DH). At this time when President Duterte is trying to raise the stock of Filipinos by showing to the high and mighty that he wouldn’t allow them to treat…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte’s intemperate, undiplomatic language is really reaping dividends for the Philippines. His incurable critics may call him motor mouthed, say that his mouth runs faster than his brain but what the heck! He has been getting oodles of dollars for the country, and you can’t argue against success.…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has a knack for keeping his true intentions close to his chest, thus confusing his intended audience. But, must he also confuse his supposedly close advisers like his Cabinet members? The President’s rabid supporters claim that he always means what he says. So, why is it that…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has really gone a long way since the days that he was mayor of Davao City. Barely four months in Malacañang, he has already created waves in Southeast Asia and, starting today, in China. His state visit to China is a most propitious one, with the easing…

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Covering DU30 with creative imagination THE slump in Philippine shares must impel the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) to act speedily and decisively in protecting investors. I know this is right down the alley of our business columnist Emeterio Sd. Perez, but I can’t…

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