Category Archives: On Distant Shore

The US bases will be back

In my previous column, I said the Philippines should expect more aggressive bullying by China in the disputed seas in the coming weeks because the Crimea crisis has divided the focus and forces of the United States between that part of Europe and Asia.   Indeed, on March 9, just a few days after Russian… Read More »

Beware of Russian-Chinese alliance

When Russia sent its troops to Ukraine’s Crimea province purportedly to protect the Russian-speaking population in the region, the action reignited the second Cold War between Russia and the United States that actually began more than five years ago but eased in the last couple of years with the seeming cooperation between the two countries… Read More »

Will the killings ever stop?

The murder of Zamboanga Judge Reynerio Estacio Sr. of the Zamboanga Regional Trial Court last Friday by two motorcycle-riding men brought to focus once more the culture of impunity that has pervaded Philippine society for decades. The ambush also brought to fore the worsening peace and order condition in the country and the incompetence of… Read More »

Betrayal of EDSA

The Supreme Court has an uncanny way of commemorating the 28th anniversary of the People’s Power Revolution. On a day when the whole nation was celebrating the restoration of freedom in the country with the downfall of strongman Ferdinand Marcos following four days of massive protests on EDSA in February 1986, twelve justices of the… Read More »

‘Bahala na kayo sa buhay n’yo’?

More than three months after super typhoon Yolanda wrought havoc on Leyte, Samar and other provinces in Central Visayas, the devastated cities look just slightly better than when they were a few days after the calamity struck. The affected people, hundreds of thousands of them, remain homeless, without source of income, without adequate food and… Read More »

Curb corruption and farmers will produce

After boasting that the country will be self-sufficient in rice by 2013 and a rice exporter by 2014, it appears the Aquino administration is admitting failure and is giving up on these lofty goals. Malacanang announced last week that it was shifting its focus from attaining rice self-sufficiency to the farming of alternative, high-value crops… Read More »

‘Sorry bridges the gap’

When Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was caught in a storm of protests on June 27, 2005 following the Hello Garci scandal, wherein she was taped talking to Commission on Elections Commissioner Virgilio Garcillano about election results in Mindanao, she addressed the people to say “I… am… sorry” in a melodramatic tone. Nobody probably believed she was… Read More »

Gov’t must help ease poor’s burden

Already saddled by a sharp increase in the prices of basic goods and services, Filipinos will now have to face additional financial burdens mandated by the government starting January 1 this year. Most working Filipinos will find their paychecks reduced by a few hundred pesos starting this month because the Social Security System (SSS) and… Read More »

‘Hell on earth’ for human trafficking victims

Human trafficking is another major problem that has plagued the country for decades. Despite increased resources given to the task force against human trafficking, the Philippines remains, according to the US State Department 2013 report, a major source country for sex-trafficking and forced labor, adding that “child sex tourism remained a serious problem” in the… Read More »

Promises, promises

When President Aquino promptly rejected an offer by Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla to resign over a failed promise to restore power in the areas devastated by super typhoon Yolanda before Christmas, he simply proved he didn’t give a hoot about making and breaking promises. After all, the President has made and broken a lot… Read More »