If only Digong Has a Touch of Erap!

TODAY

LAST month, on Wednesday, April 19, was the 80TH Birthday of former President and now Manila City Mayor Joseph “Erap” Ejercito Estrada. That night, he shared his birthday dinner with a thousand guests. 

While requesting that those who wanted to give birthday gifts to instead donate to his charitable foundation, he gifted each invited guest with a Cherry Smart phone. 

For both Father and Grandfather Erap, the birthday program for the evening was truly star studded. The main features were song and dance numbers by his children and grandchildren. 

The co – emcees were Boots Anson Roa…

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Technology for Everybody

WE don’t have to worry about the digital natives, because they were born into the digital era and they could do very well in the electronic age. 

We also do not have to worry about the non-millennial people who have adopted quickly into the new age, even if they are actually digital migrants, so to speak. 

What we have to worry about are the people in between, those who are neither digital natives on one hand, nor digital migrants on the other hand. 

For the most part, these people are probably senior citizens who found no means…

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The April 6 Liberation Movement!

YESTERDAY

IN our recollection of significant anniversaries, commemorations and dates in the month of March, we forgot the Death Anniversary of our seventh President of the Republic of the Philippines, Ramon del Fierro Magsaysay. 

He was born on August 31, 1917 in Zambales. He became a guerilla leader and a congressman. He was produced and directed by the US CIA under USAF/CIA Edward Landsdale into a modern - day Hero and Savior. 

President Elpidio Syquia Quirino appointed him as the Secretary of National Defense. He defeated the Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas (PKP) and the Hukbong Magpapalayas a Bayan (HMB).…

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Duterte, the chief architect of foreign policy

THE concept of the word "influential", in reference to the list of the world's most influential leaders, does not distinguish between good and bad personages.

It is thus not necessarily a feather to our cap that Pres. Digong Duterte has been ranked side by side with Pope Francis at the top. After all, our chief executive is either a hero or a heel, depending on where the viewer comes from.

While PDu30 is caught in the maelstrom of flak over his maverick handling of relations between China and the Philippines, the critical question being raised these days is whether he…

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Convergence of Policy and Technology

I HAVE always wondered why there is a very long technology lag in this country, sometimes extending to about fifty years or more. 

Why does it take too long for technology to take root here from the time it was invented abroad? 

Of course, there could be many answers to that question, but it seems to me now that the best answer is that more often than not, there are no policy frameworks that would encourage and govern the adoption of such technologies. 

Not that I would want to make it sound too simplistic, but it seems…

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