Regime of change

Credit to Author: Tempo Desk| Date: Thu, 21 Jan 2021 16:15:21 +0000

  BY JOHNNY DAYANG     The most favored campaign line brandished by pro-Duterte diehards in the last 2016 presidential elections was ‘Change is Coming!’ Whether the slogan was subliminally conceived to take on a double meaning, its import today resonates louder after the House drumbeat has sounded, announcing the launch of Charter Change. Amending […]

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‘Game of the generals’

Credit to Author: Tempo Desk| Date: Fri, 15 Jan 2021 04:26:01 +0000

  BY JOHNNY DAYANG     After the Senate raised the alarm and called for a probe into the smuggled Chinese vaccines, the finger-pointing and the haste to deflect presidential blame promptly went to work. First, the individuals with prior knowledge of the deal started to make justifications after the Palace tenant officially announced that […]

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Politics of disintegration

Credit to Author: Tempo Desk| Date: Thu, 07 Jan 2021 18:45:08 +0000

  BY JOHNNY DAYANG     IF there is anything the opposition must thank about 2020, it is the prevailing issues. For brevity, let me state 10 oversights, largely products of over-confidence, that will stir and fail the national leadership’s vaunted juggernaut. First, in a blunder that got the attention of pundits, President Rodrigo Duterte […]

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Dehumanized rights

Credit to Author: Tempo Desk| Date: Fri, 11 Dec 2020 16:15:35 +0000

  BY JOHNNY DAYANG   An oft repeated but overly exploited mantra mouthed with consistency is the government’s commitment to protect human rights. It is a lip service that has added confusion to an already discombobulated declaration that the state is against any form of abuse outside the law. Candidly, this pronouncement has gained so […]

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Duterte’s Via Dolorosa

Credit to Author: Tempo Desk| Date: Fri, 04 Dec 2020 16:10:14 +0000

  BY JOHNNY DAYANG     Recently, over a six-week pe­riod, Luzon was battered with four devastating storms that cost lives, ruined properties, and flooded hundreds of villages. State man­agers valued the destruction, including public works and infra­structure, in the billions. These ca­lamitous events and its trail of dev­astations happened at time when the country […]

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Alvarez’s comic agenda

Credit to Author: Tempo Desk| Date: Fri, 27 Nov 2020 04:20:03 +0000

  BY JOHNNY DAYANG     Except for a few media sto­ries, defrocked House speaker Pantaleon Alvarez descended from this PDP-Laban throne without much fanfare, abdicat­ing his post as secretary general of a party he did not serve hon­orably and well. His fall from grace started when he took the gamble of coming out with […]

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More than just a dam story

Credit to Author: Tempo Desk| Date: Fri, 20 Nov 2020 01:17:13 +0000

  BY JOHNNY DAYANG   VARIOUS groups that self-stylishly label themselves as “environmentalists” have col­lectively blamed the opening of dams as main culprit in the flooding of towns at the height of four successive typhoons that recently hit Luzon. To their credit, some local gov­ernment units have even em­braced their recommendation to file charges against […]

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More than just a dam story

Credit to Author: Tempo Desk| Date: Fri, 20 Nov 2020 01:17:13 +0000

  BY JOHNNY DAYANG   VARIOUS groups that self-stylishly label themselves as “environmentalists” have col­lectively blamed the opening of dams as main culprit in the flooding of towns at the height of four successive typhoons that recently hit Luzon. To their credit, some local gov­ernment units have even em­braced their recommendation to file charges against […]

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Rise of Catholic Biden

Credit to Author: Tempo Desk| Date: Thu, 12 Nov 2020 19:14:44 +0000

  BY JOHNNY DAYANG     The contentious polls that catapulted Joe Biden to the U.S. presidency have raised numer­ous observations from both sides of the partisan fence. Es­pecially for the Philippines, this event has created has ramifica­tions, big and small, that will impact the country’s alliance with the U.S. Biden, the second Roman Catholic […]

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Lt. Gen. Parlade’s charade

Credit to Author: Tempo Desk| Date: Fri, 06 Nov 2020 16:10:44 +0000

  BY JOHNNY DAYANG     AFP Southern Luzon Command chief Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr.’s bid to score big points before his superiors by pushing an aggres­sive “red-tagging” agenda back­fired badly. Even Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenza told him to shut up. Worse, the Palace cited the Sec­retary’s statement as also the President’s stance. Lt. […]

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