Category Archives: On Distant Shore

A different, better Duterte

The Filipino people met a different Rodrigo Duterte on his first day in Malacanang. No curses, no threats, none of those checkered Duterte shirts. Instead, he was described as “presidential, purposeful and persuasive” during his 15-minute inaugural speech following his swearing in as the 16th president of the Republic of the Philippines in Malacanang. And he was wearing… Read More »

Like drug dealers, Abus should be eliminated

  While we agree that eliminating the growing drug problem in the country should be a priority for the incoming administration of Rodrigo Duterte, we also hope that the tough-talking President-elect would give the same importance to removing from the face of the earth the other scourge of humanity, the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG).   The Abu Sayyaf,… Read More »

Will somebody tell him campaign is over?

  “Shut up!” Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte uttered these words at least three times during the presidential campaign and in his daily press conferences since it became obvious he would be the next president of the Philippines.   The tough-talking mayor told both the US and Australian ambassadors to shut up when the diplomats of the country’s… Read More »

“Daang matuwid” comes to a dead end

With Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte winning by a landslide over President Aquino’s anointed candidate Mar Roxas, it’s obvious “daang matuwid” has come to a dead end. After all, Aquino has repeatedly said the 2016 presidential election is a referendum on how the people rate his administration’s performance and whether or not they want “daang matuwid” to continue… Read More »

House of turncoats

  Why am I not surprised that despite having just three members in the House of Representatives, the PDP-Laban is almost certain to have control of the chamber?   With the election of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, the official candidate of the PDP-Laban, to the presidency, the small party headed by Sen. Koko Pimentel has suddenly become… Read More »

Federalism: Caution wouldn’t hurt

  It is almost certain President-elect Rodrigo Duterte will push hard to amend the Constitution to replace the country’s current unitary form of government to one that is federal. After all, he launched his drive to the presidency on the pretext of an information drive on the federal system of government in nationwide sorties long before the presidential… Read More »

Now, let the healing begin

  The people have spoken.   Based on initial results from the Commission on Elections, the tough-talking Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is on his way to landslide victory in the May 9 presidential elections and will thus become the country’s president starting noon of June 30.   As of this writing, Duterte was leading administration candidate Mar… Read More »

Embracing Duterte, warts and all

The rise in the presidential surveys of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is short of phenomenal and comes just two weeks before the May 9 elections. While the ratings of all his rivals are either sliding down or unmoving, the Davao demagogue has continued to surge and leave his rivals eating dust.   In the Pulse Asia survey,… Read More »

Disempowering political dynasties

Three news articles that appeared in the past week highlighted the sorry state of our political system – the prevalence of political dynasties all over the country. One news item reported that 542 candidates in the local elections are assured of victory because they are running unopposed. Most, if not all, of these unchallenged candidates are members of… Read More »

SC must not bow to Comelec threats

Something is very wrong with the Philippines’ Commission on Elections. After failing to submit its comment to a petition by former Senator Richard J. Gordon to compel the Comelec to issue receipts to voters after casting their votes in the May 9 polls, it now blames the tribunal for not giving them a chance to give its side.… Read More »