Opinion & Analysis

Who gained from Aquino’s US and UK visits?

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat.com Malacañang is saying that Pres. Benigno Aquino III’s visit to the UK and the US netted $2.5 billion in investments from Europe and the US. It also said that it has gained the commitment of the US to help improve the country’s external defense capabilities, specifically on the aspect of maritime 

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The big lie: special relations

treetwise | BusinessWorld It seems ironical that the much-heralded meeting between Philippine President Aquino and US President Obama would take place just a few days before the Philippines marks Independence Day. Here is the president of a poor and backward but supposedly independent country seeking and getting the requisite political pat-on-the-back from the president of 

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Dunces and dupes

Vantage Point | BusinessWorld With the usual irony was June 12 marked this year in a country hardly aware of its history. Benigno Aquino III spoke at Barasoain Church in Malolos, Bulacan, where the First Philippine Republic was inaugurated on January 23, 1899, less than a year after Emilio Aguinaldo proclaimed Philippine independence in Kawit, 

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The Trojan Horse Budget Implementation Bill

The Conservative federal budget was one that was supposed to create jobs, yet upon closer look, in reality this budget is really doing the opposite. Because of this budget implementation bill, bill C-38, the economic security of many Canadians will be jeopardized and thousands will be forced to join those already looking for work. While 

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The greatest irony ever told

Is there really a “historical irony” in the declaration of Philippine Independence as it relates to the mendicancy of the present Aquino government in asking for U.S. protection in its ongoing dispute with China? Rodel Rodis, co-convenor with Loida Nicolas-Lewis of the U.S. Pinoys for Good Governance (US4GG), an organization of Filipino-Americans in the United 

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Choosing a chief justice

By Marites Dañguilan Vitug The impeachment trial has done us a big favor. It has made it easy to identify the qualities the next chief justice should possess. We can neatly sum it up in a sentence: it’s everything Renato Corona isn’t. Let us count the ways. (Read story…)

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People’s lawyering goes a long way back in history

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star Apolinario Mabini, Jose Abad Santos, Claro M. Recto, Jose W. Diokno, and Lorenzo M. Tanada. What do these historical figures have in common? They were all lawyers and patriots, yes. Above and beyond that, at crucial junctures in Philippine history, these men proved to 

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The Yankees are back

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat.com The docking of the USS North Carolina (SSN77) at Subic Bay, May 13, appears to be a sign that the issue of US military bases and the concomitant presence of US military troops has gone full circle. The submarine is being touted as “one of the stealthiest, most technologically advanced submarines 

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Fight for accountability does not end with Corona conviction

May 29, 2012 References: Renato M. Reyes, Jr (BAYAN secretary general); Eleanor de Guzman (BAYAN dep-secretary general) While we welcome the decision of the Senate to convict Chief Justice Renato Corona for culpable violation of the Constitution and betrayal of public trust, we believe that the fight for true accountability in government has a long 

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AN UNCOMPLICATED MIND: Rigodon de horror

Last April 28, the Filipino Centre Toronto (FCT) held its Presidents’ Gala at the posh Fairmont Royal York Hotel to pay tribute to heads of Filipino associations in Toronto and honour them for their support of FCT’s various programs. A Filipino community newspaper devoted its entire centrefold pages to the coverage of the said event 

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