FROM SUBPAR TO SUBLIME

CONTRARY to what many political and economic analysts are saying, it appears that Donald Trump’s presidency would be better for the Philippines than Hillary Clinton’s victory.

While Trump espoused protectionism through his ‘America for Americans first’ declarations during the campaign, his most recent pronouncements indicated that he can bend over and make some compromises.

Most of the analysts’ uncertainties stemmed from the fact the Philippine economy had been highly dependent on Overseas Filipino Workers’ (OFWs) as well as the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector, majority of which cater to American firms.

Earlier, Japanese financial giant Nomura said in a report…

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MARCOS FACTOR

NO PERSON in the history of our nation has elicited more admiration, condemnation, controversy and much division both when alive and even in death than former dictator and President Ferdinand E. Marcos. 

As a young man, he caught the country’s imagination and admiration when he topped the bar examinations even while incarcerated for the alleged killing of a political rival of his father in their province. 

Marcos garnered 92.35 percent in topping the 1939 Philippine Bar Examinations which was quite a feat considering he was in jail and had to review by his lonesome before taking the examinations.…

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DIGONG’S BRINKMANSHIP
Editorial cartoon by Romy Castro

NO AMOUNT of explanation by Malacanang Palace apologists regarding the now infamous “separation statement” of President Duterte would suffice to completely restore the once almost unbreakable alliance and bond between the Philippines and the United States.

Duterte has drawn the line and might have even already altered forever not only the history of the Philippines and the US but even the world.

Using his vast popularity as a political capital, the President has been introducing never before seen style of leadership that baffle not only his supporters but also his critics.

Unlike his predecessors particularly former…

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TIME TO STAND ON OUR OWN

IT APPEARS that the United States is starting to flex its muscle in showing to the Philippines who is the boss in this part of the world.

This after the planned sale by the US of some 26,000 assault rifles to the country’s national police was halted when Sen. Ben Cardin said he would oppose the move over concerns on human rights violations in the Philippines.

Earlier, the San Francisco Police Department also decided to stop training with Filipino cops on similar suspicions of their involvement in the summary killings of suspected drug personalities.

The twin moves would surely impact…

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LASTING LEGACY
Editorial cartoon by Romy Castro

IN MOST of his speeches, President Rodrigo Duterte has been consistent in declaring that he is leaving his fate in the hands of God and would accept whatever is in store for him especially concerning the remaining years on his stint as the country’s leader.

While President Duterte appears to be a fatalist, his statements are not without basis especially since he was fully aware that some quarters are out to topple him among them his perceived political enemies and various criminal groups because of his relentless antidrug campaign.

Aside from them, some outside forces especially…

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