MAURO GIA SAMONTE

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Part 1 IN dealing with the topic, I make a deliberate abstinence from orthodox Marxist thought. This is a must if a truly objective result is to be had from an inquiry into the concept of private property. With collaboration from Friedrich Engels and eventually added elaboration from Vladimir Lenin…

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THE Marawi siege by the Maute and Abbu Sayaf groups began on May 25, 2017, the very day President Rodrigo Duterte was concluding an arms deal with President Vladimir Putin of Russia. The incident, evidently catching the Philippine President by surprise, immediately appeared to augur worse things to come for…

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Conclusion The premise laid down in this discussion attempts to illustrate that the principal thrust of the Duterte administration of combating illegal drugs trade to the extent of embarking on summary killings in violation of due process has not achieved any objectives of good governance. The widespread adverse reaction to…

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Part 3 THE history of the Philippine presidency has been a history of utter subservience to America – whether in the period of direct colonial rule which was the Philippine Commonwealth or in the period of supposed independence beginning 1946 onward. In between these periods, was the Japanese occupation of…

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Rodrigo Roa Duterte, former mayor of Davao City, took his oath of office as President of the Republic of the Philippines in the Rizal Ceremonial Hall of Malacañang Palace at noon of June 30, 2016. Nineteen days after the event, former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, incarcerated at the Veterans Memorial…

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THE policies and actions undertaken from the outset by the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte have been extremely difficult to define within a definitive theme. One moment it was heading in one direction, the next moment in another. As in a potpourri, the Duterte government has appeared to be treading…

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(Conclusion) WHEN June came and I learned that DAA’s birth anniversary would fall on the 27th of the month, I was seized with the obsession to do a video presentation on his life. For the man who had done so much in plucking me out of the doldrums of a…

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Tuesday, June 27, offers prospects of joyful recollections. Seventy-five years to that day a boy was born in abject poverty, to go through life’s vicissitudes and overcome. In 2010 that boy had turned into a strong pillar of Philippine journalism – and he would prove to be the most needed…

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Conclusion I do not set a framework or an outline for my intended full-scale manuscript. I feel constricted by this method. I used to do it in the beginning, but later I realized that once I started writing, my ideas always tended to digress from such a framework and instead…

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OR what could be written otherwise as Foreword to a needed retelling of the biography of Dr. Jose P. Laurel, Nation Above Self. This is the book that I have been busy with since last year and has finally made ready for printing this week. If the schedule does not…

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