Category Archives: On Distant Shore

Expect heightened political frenzy

WITH the formal declaration of Senators Grace Poe and Chiz Escudero that they are running for president and vice president, respectively, under what they call Partidong Pilipinas, the presidential landscape for the May 2016 elections is finally taking shape. Three candidates — Vice President Jejomar Binay, Local Governments Secretary Mar Roxas and Senator Poe —… Read More »

5 years of empty promises and dashed hopes

True to tradition, President Aquino gloated about his small accomplishments, ignored his unfulfilled promises, and placed the blame on the previous administration for some of his failures in his two-hour State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA) last Monday. Among his few successes is the sustained economic growth during his five years in Malacanang. Even the opposition can’t deny… Read More »

A story of hope and inspiration

I took a break last Sunday and watched a concert by the very popular REO Brothers in downtown Los Angeles, and was so awed by the group of youngsters from Tacloban City, I decided to take a break, too, from writing about politics and write about the band instead this week. The story of this… Read More »

‘Tuwid na daan’ only for foes

Four legal luminaries confirmed what has been obvious all along – that the Aquino administration practices “selective justice” in dealing with corruption. It took Vice President Jojo Binay five years to state what many people, including this writer, have been saying from the very first year of this hypocritical administration that has been boasting of… Read More »

‘God help this country in the future’

I find it incredulous that the House ad hoc committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law approved the draft law despite the obvious constitutional infirmities and rushed its transmittal for plenary discussions seemingly unmindful of the huge impact the measure would bring to Mindanao and the rest of the country. Critics of the BBL, which seeks… Read More »

2016: Another game of numbers

With the deadline for the filing of candidacy for the May 2016 elections still about five months away, the presidential race is beginning to take shape. Based on recent actions and statements of the major players, it would seem the presidential race would be a five- or six-way contest at the very least just as… Read More »

Duterte: Threat or treat?

AFTER rising in rebellion nearly 30 years ago to oust a president who ruled with an iron fist, it would seem that many Filipinos are now willing to embrace a man who is known to go beyond the law to cleanse his city of criminals. Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, once called by the Time… Read More »

2016 guessing game continues

The latest survey on presidential candidate preferences has left the door open for more candidates to join the race and for political parties to review alliances with other groups. Just a year earlier, it appeared that Vice President Jejomar Binay was a shoo-in to become the next president. But after a well-orchestrated and obviously successful… Read More »

PH, US must rethink sea row strategy

THE United States escalated in the past week its rhetoric over the rapid reclamation being undertaken by China on Mischief Reef (Panganiban Reef) and a few other reefs and shoals in the South China Sea, with US President Barack Obama capping the new word offensive by expressing concern over the Chinese’ bullying tactics. “Where we… Read More »

There’s always media to blame

The satisfaction rating of President Aquino continued its free fall this week, hitting its lowest since he became president in 2010. And guess who is being blamed again? The media, of course. I’m not a bit surprised that Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma is blaming the media for the latest slide in his boss’ rating. After… Read More »