Category Archives: On Distant Shore

Is gov’t serious about land reform?

More than nine months after President Aquino certified the bill that would extend the life of the agrarian reform program by two more years, House Bill 4296 and a related measure, HB 4375, remain languishing in the House of Representatives apparently because of strong opposition from landlord members of the lower house.   Without the… Read More »

I’d rather wait for May 2016

THERE are many reasons for people to demand that President Aquino step down, the latest and most plausible being the mishandling of the operation to hunt down two terrorists in Mamasapano in Maguindanao that resulted in the massacre of 44 Special Action Forces policemen.   From the moment Aquino revealed his arrogant and vindictive behavior… Read More »

Sea row: China by default?

WITH the United States focused on eliminating the growing threat of Islamic extremism in the Middle East and Russian adventurism in Ukraine, and the Philippine government caught up in the maelstrom of the bloody Mamasapano carnage and corruption scandals, China quietly doubled its efforts to build new islands in the volatile South China Sea to… Read More »

The Pope and the poor

“Oh, how I would like a poor Church, and for the poor,” with these words, Pope Francis set the tone for his papacy. The Pope has shown he meant what he said by discarding expensive vests in favor of simple white robes, staying in modest housing instead of the papal apartments, and using a Ford… Read More »

The Pope and the poor

“Oh, how I would like a poor Church, and for the poor,” with these words, Pope Francis set the tone for his papacy. The Pope has shown he meant what he said by discarding expensive vests in favor of simple white robes, staying in modest housing instead of the papal apartments, and using a Ford… Read More »

Baiting the poor

The latest survey by the Social Weather Station showed that about 52 percent or 11.4 million Filipino families rate themselves as poor, the worst in eight years in terms of self-rated poverty. It matched the self-rated poverty percentage during the Arroyo administration in 2006. “We note the results of the survey. And we continue with… Read More »

A distant Christmas

(Author’s note: At this time of the year, this writer pauses from political and other issues and focuses on the Christmas season. The article below was first written in 2003 and has appeared in this corner during the Christmas weekend every year since.) For Filipinos who have been outside of the Philippines for years, Christmas… Read More »

Politics, not SC, is to blame

With the Aquino administration, when something goes wrong there is always somebody or something to blame. After all, President Aquino is still blaming former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo for everything that ails the country more than four years after he took over the reins of the country.  For example, when the government failed to fulfill… Read More »

Graceful Poe is wild card in 2016

Sen. Grace Poe denied again on Monday that she has any plans of running for a higher office in 2016. That’s the second time she has said so amid increasing calls for the 2013 senatorial elections top vote getter to run for president or vice president in the coming presidential elections. The neophyte lady senator… Read More »

Politicians should get out of rehab’s way

More than a year since super typhoon Yolanda brought death, destruction and deprivation to Leyte and other provinces in Eastern Visayas, nobody still knows for sure how many died, the destruction remains very visible, and the victims continue to be deprived of food, shelter and jobs. And all because more than a year since the… Read More »