Category Archives: On Distant Shore

Why Duterte and Marcos are contenders

It is a source of wonder why 30 years after Filipinos staged a peaceful revolt to oust a dictator, many of them now seem eager or willing to embrace a presidential candidate who threatens to impose a strongman rule and a vice presidential aspirant who is the namesake son of the supposedly hated leader they… Read More »

Is Poe Aquino’s ‘Manchurian candidate’?

  Since the start of the year, Sen. Grace Poe has been getting unexpected support in the disqualification cases against her that are now pending before the Supreme Court. In the first week of January, the independent presidential candidate got a totally unexpected support from the government’s top lawyer, Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, who caught… Read More »

Compassion not Aquino’s strength

President Aquino was just being consistent when he vetoed House Bill No. 5842 that would provide a P2,000 across-the-board increase in the monthly pension of Social Security System (SSS) pensioners. After all, it was not the first time this scion of hacenderos has rejected relief for the millions of poor families in the country. In… Read More »

Ignoring the ‘bosses’

  From Day One, President Aquino has always referred to the people as his “bosses.” During his inaugural address, he told the people: “Kayo ang boss ko.” And yet, how many times has he ignored the people in his decision-making?    Just recently, despite the growing clamor for the ouster of Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio… Read More »

How will they solve a problem like Mar?

If the May 2016 presidential elections were a referendum on the administration of President Aquino as the latter wanted it to be, Liberal Party presidential candidate Mar Roxas may be facing another disappointing defeat. From all indications, the President’s endorsement of his candidacy has only added to the burden of his own lack of acceptance… Read More »

An alternative choice in 2016, if…

As we are writing this, the Commission on Elections, sitting en banc, had just deferred its decision on the disqualification case against presidential candidate Sen. Grace Poe. The six poll commissioners, including Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista, were expected to deliberate again and make a decision the next day, Tuesday.   We really can’t understand why… Read More »

Status quo vs. radical change

Unlike other presidential candidates, with Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, you either like him or you don’t. There is not much gray area. It’s black or white, day or night. He is either the strong leader in the mold of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew who will reform the country the tough way, or the dangerous… Read More »

The world has to fight back

Known as the City of Lights, Paris loves its nights. On Friday, tens of thousands of Parisians were out to enjoy the night – watching a friendly soccer game between Germany and France at the Stade de France, listening to an American band at the Bataclan concert hall, drinking their favorite cocktail at the La… Read More »

Impunity feeds on slow justice

Last Sunday, I attended a concert presented by the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines-USA chapter to commemorate the sixth year of the Maguindanao massacre and to raise funds for the education of the orphans of the 32 media men who were among 58 people killed in that brutal tragedy in 2009. Exactly six… Read More »

Let our voices be heard 

Last Friday, I took time out to register as an overseas voter at the Philippine consulate general in Los Angeles. Now, I can look forward to actually making my choice count for president, vice president and the 12 senators who will run the country for the next six years. If you bring with you the… Read More »