2016’s first black swan is named ‘Zika’

February 9, 2016 11:05 pm

THE term “black swan,” as we understand it in our 21st-century world, is an old metaphor that actually dates back to at least Roman times, appearing in the work of the poet Juvenal. It is an unexpected event of extreme … Read more »

Comelec will not comply with e-Commerce Law in 2016 elections

February 9, 2016 11:05 pm

(First of two parts) THE Automated Election System (AES) Watch already predicted (Episode I) late last year that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) wouldn’t conform with the deadline set by the AES law (i.e., RA9369) for yesterday, February 9, 2016, … Read more »

It isn’t Grace who’s running, but a ghost of FPJ as ‘Panday’

February 9, 2016 11:04 pm

The backers of Sen. Grace Poe-Llamanzares – mainly former President Estrada, with his old shadowy Chinese-Filipino businessmen barkada, especially plastics king William Gatchalian – would of course, have rejoiced over her strong showing in the recent presidential voter-preference polls. I’d … Read more »

GDP is now the refuge of policy scoundrels

February 9, 2016 9:30 pm

THE unvarnished truth about the Mamasapano tragedy is this. The 44 gallant SAF men were led to the slaughter. Led to the lion’s lair, as Digong Duterte had put it. Led to the slaughter by a clueless commander-in-chief, as Senator … Read more »

A rising storm of ethnic fear

February 9, 2016 9:29 pm

LET me tell you about my boat. It has a single mast and a cabin at the stern. It is painted white with a red stripe at the water line. I bought it in Denmark, at the port from where … Read more »

Time to go deeper

February 9, 2016 9:29 pm

[Ash Wednesday, Year C, Feb. 10, 2016 / Jl 2:12-18 / Ps 51:3-6, 12-14, 17 / 2 Cor 5:20-6:2 / Mt 6:1-6, 16-18] TODAY, Ash Wednesday, we are receiving ashes on our forehead. This is more than just a symbol … Read more »

Over-reaching executive, spineless Congress

February 9, 2016 9:28 pm

MARTIAL LAW is gone but the Philippines still has a rubber-stamp legislature. This we should ponder on while a number will be extolling the regaining of democracy 30 years ago. The principle of checks and balances, a hallmark of republicanism, … Read more »

EU reluctance sinking refugee relocation plan

February 9, 2016 9:27 pm

BRUSSELS: European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker’s flagship plan to stem Europe’s migration crisis by redistributing refugees around the bloc risks crumbling as EU states balk at sharing the burden, diplomats, officials and experts have told AFP. Since adopting the scheme … Read more »

Europe considers a new trading status for China

February 9, 2016 9:26 pm

FORECAST The European Commission will make its decision on whether or not to grant China market economy status, which can define trade agreements, later in the year, most likely in the summer. Italy, which will have grave concerns about exposing … Read more »

A young electorate, an obsolete political culture

February 8, 2016 10:46 pm

AS the campaign for the May elections officially opens today, the nation should pause to reflect on some new and old realities that permeate politics in this nation of over one hundred million. The biggest new reality is that young … Read more »