DUTERTE VS. TRUMP

WERE United States of America President Donald Trump and Philippine leader Rodrigo ‘Digong’ Duterte a cut from the same cloth?

This question cropped up after local and international political observers noticed that they have a lot of similarities in their leadership styles that while bordering to being demagogues have been embraced nevertheless by their hard core followers.  

 

Trump of the East?

British-American comedian John Oliver was among the first ones to notice their similar styles that he was prompted to call Duterte “Donald Trump of the East” shortly after he won the presidency last May.

At that time,…

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 DUBIOUS SIN TAX BILL HITS SNAG IN SENATE

MEMBERS of the Lower House have shown their true colors when they passed with relative ease and speed House Bill No. 4144 (“An Act Amending Section 145C of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997”), even as ABS Partylist representative Eugene Michael De Vera was railed by the critics of the proposed measure  for reportedly railroading its passage.

While the proposed bill had a smooth sailing at the Lower House, the tides however are gonna turn rougher at the Senate as Senator Sonny Angara vowed  to subject it under intense scrutiny effectively saying there there will be “no railroading” of…

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THE Philippine economy grew by 6.8% in 2016, making us the fastest growing economy in Southeast Asia.

This is considered a big economic achievement in a country with great dreams of erasing poverty level which is among the highest in the region.

 

Make Believe

This record in economic growth shines only on its ranking but is barely understood by most Filipinos, even rendered incredulous considering the very low quality of services that the government provides to the people.   

In a period when the economic growth is propelled by technology, how the Philippines came at the top of…

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 IF TRAFFIC PROBLEMS REMAIN UNSOLVED: LOREN SEES ECO-ENVIRONMENT APOCALYPSE

THE COUNTRY faces the grim prospect of an eco-environment apocalypse should government fail to promptly and correctly address the continuing nightmarish traffic that is killing Metro Manila and other highly urbanized areas.

“The metropolis is dying from pollution caused by traffic even when the national economy is being brought down by a paralysis in our traffic system in Metro Manila,” consumer advocacy groups claim as they support the latest move by Sen. Loren Legarda to address traffic woes.

Sen. Legarda is pushing for sustainable public transport system to solve the traffic crisis, saying, failing in this, the nation’s capital could…

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IS GOV'T TAXING THE POOR?

SINCE Biblical times, taxes in whatever form and manner have been decried as a measure of government tyranny and the tax collector a public enemy. 

In short, taxes are unwelcome burden especially on the part of a poor daily wage earner who could hardly make both ends meet to provide three square meals a day to his family. 

 

Death and Taxes

Benjamin Franklin once said that there were only two things certain in life; death and taxes. 

Unfortunately, while death as a fact of life is the great equalizer, the same could not be said of…

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