SEVERAL administrations ago, a Tourism secretary back from an inspection trip to one of the world’s best beaches gave me a whispered heads-up, “Better visit Boracay before it implodes.” He was obviously not referring to increasing tourist arrivals, domestic or foreign. But disconcerted over the future of what was mindless expansion of business along beach fronts and preserves e.g. stalls, restaurants, bars, and resorts and their impact on virginal setting, with the expected by-product of human consumption/waste, and pollution. The writing was on the wall, so to speak.Read more
DAVAO City mayor Sara Z. Duterte-Carpio hogged the headlines years ago when on July 1, 2011 she physically mauled a stubborn city fiscal who pushed the execution of a demolition order despite her plea for postponement.Read more
THE House of Representatives are of the position to postpone the barangay elections in synch with the plebiscite for Charter change. This makes perfect political sense. The well-timed intervention will create a confluence of events favorable to federalism. The Senate, however, lukewarm to the idea, mindful of growing restlessness in an “overstay” of sitting barangay officials.Read more
AN interesting query raised outside the recent congressional hearing in Boracay is the issue of who should benefit from the rehabilitation of the island-paradise.Read more
I grew up in awe of Graham, just like every other Southerner I knew. But I no longer believe in elevating the feelings of white people bothered more by protest than injustice.
The ADL provision in the 1987 Constitution was hence a tardy over-reaction to a dark past. The cure however, worse than the disease. The small-minded banning of political names, but post-martial law? An entire progeny of politically inclined families – old and upcoming – prospectively penalized from public service by accident of fate.Read more
CERTAIN congressional hearings, “in aid of legislation” had raised concerns that have actually contributed to apprehensions among investors that investing in the Philippines may be unwise.Read more
Somehow, the strange saga of competing Russia memos has mostly just made the president’s campaign look shadier than ever.
Cory Aquino had no prior dispensation from the Filipino people that once elected president, she could summarily transgress her sworn oath to defend and protect the 1973 Charter and author a mock replacement;Read more
CABANATUAN City prides itself as the Tricycle City of the Philippines. Years back official records show there were about 80,000 tricycles plying the city’s streets. The number could now be over 100,000 including tricycles from nearby towns which operate in the city, serving the intra-city transport needs of its 330,000 population. This is evident from the endless daytime traffic chaos in the city.Read more