What PDU30 needs to tell the nation

July 24, 2016 9:57 pm

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte delivers his first State of the Nation Address today to a nation eager to see his promised “change,” but without any clue as to what precisely it would bring. Many expect PDU30 to end all their problems “immediately, if not sooner,” forgetting that they have not elected a “superman,” and that most of their problems cannot be shooed away by a simple wave of the hand. How to moderate their expectations is the first of his problems

DU30 as the face of ‘change’
There has been change, of course, just from the fact that PDU30 is totally different from… Read more »

For 4 Supreme Court justices, you’re guilty if you’re intelligent

July 24, 2016 9:56 pm

What else could you expect, if three of these are so inexperienced and unqualified for the post, appointed by an incompetent President purely on the basis of their loyalty to him — the first time such level of inexpert lawyers are appointed to the Supreme Court in its 115-year history?

You’ll fall off your seat if you read justice Marivic Leonen’s preposterous “dissenting opinion’ on the Supreme Court’s acquittal of the… Read more »

NKorea justifies US, SKorea deployment of Thaad system

July 24, 2016 9:24 pm

NORTH Korea on Tuesday (July 19) fired three ballistic missiles to show its displeasure over the plan of South Korea and the US to deploy an advanced missile defense system to protect SK from threats posed by the North’s ballistic … Read more »

The risk in being safe

July 24, 2016 9:24 pm

It pains me to see public officials prefer to be safe and conservative in the way they think and express themselves, rather than be glowing with radioactive ideas that challenge the norm in a creative way. But that is what … Read more »

Hillary Clinton: burning ambition and resilience to match

July 24, 2016 9:23 pm

WASHINGTON: On the subject of women in politics, Hillary Clinton is fond of quoting the words of another illustrious first lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, who once said: “You need to grow a skin as thick as a rhinoceros.” When out on … Read more »

A race to the finish – arya na!

July 24, 2016 9:22 pm

THE trumpet of war had been sounded. The base of the Republican Party had been given marching orders. America must purify itself, rid the country of immigrants: deport the millions already in the US and build a wall to prevent … Read more »

Social media a curse and a blessing in Munich shooting

July 24, 2016 9:18 pm

MUNICH, Germany: Social networks were both a curse and a blessing in the deadly shopping mall shooting in Munich, as police sometimes found themselves chasing fictitious leads and false alarms. The 18-year-old gunman, a German-Iranian named David Ali Sonboly, also … Read more »

Tourism blow for Greek island that sheltered refugees

July 24, 2016 9:17 pm

LESBOS, Greece: When a sea of humanity landed on their island’s rocky shores last year, the people of Lesbos turned out with blankets and hot food to help thousands of refugees emerging from the cold waters of the Aegean. In … Read more »

Cambodia receives $600M from China, fouls up Asean consensus

July 23, 2016 10:00 pm

AS expected, the People’s Republic of China’s ever-loyal satrap Cambodia did an excellent job for its master. An Agence France-Presse article from Vientiane, the capital of Laos, has reported that “Staunch China ally Cambodia is preventing Southeast Asia from reaching … Read more »

Death penalty under pressure

July 23, 2016 10:00 pm

Some numbers down, but notable exceptions remain THE execution last January of 47 prisoners in Saudi Arabia brought the death penalty once more to public attention. According to reports, only four of those executed were guilty of crimes in the … Read more »