It ain’t broke, why is Alvarez planning to fix it?

June 28, 2016 11:07 pm

THE saying comes from American discourse about government–not about appliances. The Phrase Finder website says,—under the article titled “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”—it means, “If something is working adequately well, leave it alone.” There’s a happy little essay … Read more »

The Du30 inaugural: What message for us?

June 28, 2016 11:06 pm

President-elect Rodrigo Duterte assumes office at high noon tomorrow (June 30) as the 16th President of the Philippines. The former mayor of Davao is the first ever from Mindanao and the second local mayor in a hundred years, after the former mayor of Cavite Viejo, Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, to reach the presidency. His popular support is undiminished, but by no means is it unanimous; not a few doubt that some of the more spectacular features of his promised… Read more »

Did Aquino coddle and protect drug lords?

June 28, 2016 11:05 pm

Most definitely yes, either out of his sheer incompetence, or outright complicity. That’s the only conclusion one would get after the police all over the country, following incoming President Duterte’s announced priority, have arrested or killed more than 200 drug … Read more »

VCM Accuracy, Under Votes, and Uncounted Votes

June 28, 2016 9:49 pm

Preliminary reports on the results of the random manual audit indicate that the PCOS/VCMs have an overall accuracy rating of 99.884%. Based on the standard set by the Commission on Elections, the PCOS/VCMs should have 99.995% accuracy. This translates to … Read more »

Brexit, The Digong and voters’ rage

June 28, 2016 9:48 pm

The two choices of “Remain” or “Leave” have roiled the Philippine Left for so long that the bitter, disruptive parting of cohesion and union, such as the Brexit, no longer surprise us. The Philippine Left just phrased it differently – … Read more »

Multiculturalism: A Failed Concept

June 28, 2016 9:47 pm

German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared that multiculturalism has “utterly failed,” adding that it was an illusion to think Germans and foreign workers could “live happily side by side.” The failure of multiculturalism is also seen in Denmark, Sweden, the United … Read more »

Hello DU30, bye-bye BS Aquino

June 28, 2016 9:46 pm

A RADICAL change will engulf the country starting at noon tomorrow and this goes beyond the mere ceremonial turnover of the reins of government from BS Aquino The Last to President Rodrigo Duterte. We can only hope that the expected … Read more »

Ripe time to refresh Filipino-Sabah friendship

June 28, 2016 9:45 pm

Editor’s note: From today and every Wednesday onward, Dr. Ei Sun Oh will be writing a column for the Manila Times. Dr. Oh is a senior fellow of the Institute of Defence & Strategic Studies, S. Rajaratnam School of International … Read more »

Retreading Myanmar’s path to peace

June 28, 2016 9:44 pm

FORECAST Aung San Suu Kyi’s upcoming peace conference will lay the groundwork for Myanmar’s eventual adoption of a federal system, albeit an incomplete one contingent on sustained military support. Several powerful ethnic armies, particularly those controlling resource-rich territories along the … Read more »

A human President needs the people’s support

June 27, 2016 11:06 pm

As final preparations are being made for the inauguration of Rodrigo Duterte as the 16th President of the Republic, we sense that the public’s expectations are running high – so much that we may be setting up ourselves for disappointment. … Read more »