Telco industry duopoly enhanced

May 31, 2016 11:30 pm

EVERYONE was hoping that San Miguel Corp.’s talks with the Australian Telstra group would result in the emergence of a third powerful telecommunications corporation to compete with Globe and PLDT/Smart, the two corporations that for years have been operating the … Read more »

Foreign control of Philippine telecom industry further entrenched

May 31, 2016 11:29 pm

Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT) and Globe Telecom’s recent acquisition of San Miguel’s telecom firms and their franchises for P69 billion (P52 billion in cash and the assumption of P17 billion of debts) marks the total domination by three foreign companies of our telecom industry. This is in sharp contrast to the telecom industry in all Asian countries, which are controlled by their nationals. Read more »

Maoism, Nazism, or Fascism?

May 31, 2016 11:27 pm

IN absenting himself from his own official proclamation as President-elect by the National Board of Canvassers on Monday, without offering any valid excuse for it, Mr. Rodrigo Duterte appears to have made it clear to all and sundry that he is much bigger than his office. It does not help that one front-page news photo from Davao, taken from Facebook, showed the President-elect hanging out with civilian gun enthusiasts at a local gun repair shop in Davao. Although he does not take his oath until June 30, this is not a good start. Read more »

Election tampering by a Smartmatic insider

May 31, 2016 11:24 pm

THREE years of election automation—2010, 2013, and 2016. Surely the COMELEC has learned many lessons from the experience, one of which, hopefully, is that the anomaly of entrusting our elections—democracy’s most important activity—to a foreign company, should be corrected. Ask … Read more »

Enhance PNP role in justice system

May 31, 2016 11:23 pm

IT’S time the Philippine National Police be given a leeway in determining whether a person should be charged with a criminal offense or not. This is particularly needed in cases involving car accidents. I see no reason why a motorist … Read more »

No long goodbyes and fond farewells for the President of the 1%

May 31, 2016 11:21 pm

THE President of our nation always leaves behind a most-remembered optic, upon which we base our lasting impression of his or her leadership. It can be an act of supreme greatness—or hubris. That optic stays vivid and fresh in the … Read more »

In crisis-hit Tajikistan, a personality cult blossoms

May 31, 2016 11:12 pm

DUSHANBE, Tajikistan: Along the road passing through an impoverished district of ex-Soviet Tajikistan near the capital Dushanbe, strongman President Emomali Rakhmon’s presence is ubiquitous. Propaganda posters flank the highway in Gissar, one showing the 63-year-old autocrat—emboldened by constitutional changes passed … Read more »

Asian UN Body calls for paradigm shift in development thinking

May 31, 2016 11:10 pm

BANGKOK (IDN): The major United Nations agency overseeing development in the Asia-Pacific region has called for a major rethink in the development paradigm for the region. In “Economic and Social Survey” of the region presented to its 72nd sessions here … Read more »

Shocked by Times’ publication of China envoy’s statement on sea row

May 31, 2016 11:08 pm

IT shocks me to see that The Manila Times has allowed itself to be used by the Chinese Foreign Ministry through an article series [“South China Sea: How we got to this stage,” May 26, 27, 28, 29, 31] to … Read more »

On Mr. Duterte’s 3-child policy

May 30, 2016 10:33 pm

PRESIDENT-elect Rody Duterte has counseled us, the media, not to believe him when he utters outrageous things. He says when he utters incredible things he means those statements to be treated as jokes. “Huwag ninyong patulan ‘yun,” he seems to … Read more »