KATRINA STUART SANTIAGO

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It was only a matter of time. After Malacañang watched its followers discredit media on the basis of the superficially discussed notion of “bias,” it then allowed for the proliferation of fake news. Of course when we speak of that now, a year into Duterte’s government, it has become clear…

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A YEAR into this President, and after the epic failure that is this Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), I am now beginning to think that contrary to what we would like to believe, maybe what we’ve seen to be a crisis in communications is the communications strategy. After all, look…

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The Department of Tourism (DoT), under Wanda Tulfo Teo, is a gift that keeps on giving. We all of course know how Teo tried to deny what she said in an interview with CNN Philippines, where she not only confirmed that the Nickelodeon project would push through in Coron Palawan,…

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THE shameless conservatism of Nick Lizaso’s stated plans and vision for the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), is ironic when one considers that we have a President who questions Catholicism and dogmatism time and again, and who insists on his freedom of speech—if not his freedom to offend–over and…

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President Duterte’s installation of Nick Lizaso as head of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) is painfully ironic, if not dangerously so. On the one hand, it is clear that this President doesn’t care much about culture, so one wonders why he would appoint any of his men to…

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THE problems of the arts and culture sectors in this country are multifarious, and there is no doubt that those of us cultural workers who are at the bottom of the totem pole can only believe in the possibilities of change, and look forward to it, too. Many of us…

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For almost a year now, we have listened to a Department of Tourism (DoT) headed by Secretary Wanda Tulfo Teo, that has no vision, no gameplan, no clear sense of what tourism is even supposed to be about, given the state of the nation. You listen to Teo speaking with…

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LOST all of Tuesday this week to the Senate. The day started with news of Senate Resolution 388 affirming and supporting martial law as declared in all of Mindanao by President Duterte. What we knew was that 15 senators were signing the resolution, excluding the Senate minority of five people—Bam…

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Someone should tell the President to stop talking, and for his communications team to take control. Because the crisis in Marawi has revealed that he is preconditioned, at the worst time, to say the worst things. It doesn’t matter if he’s here to begin with, or he’s arriving from a…

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IT looks like the Department of Transportation and its connected agencies will be forced to postpone the implementation of RA 10913, or the Act Defining and Penalizing Distracted Driving. Senators JV Ejercito and Nancy Binay have stepped in (JournalOnline, May 22, 2017), knocking some sense into the DOTr’s over-interpretation—if not…

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