September 25, 2020

The disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea has become a flashpoint particularly in this election year in the United States given President Donald Trump’s campaign strategy to escalate confrontation with China. He believes that such escalation is a winning stra...

September 18, 2020

St. Francis of Assisi wrote a peace prayer in the early 1900’s that is now simply called “The Prayer of St. Francis. It has become very popular even among other religious faiths because of its simplicity and relevance. The prayer’s opening line pleads for self-sacrific...

September 4, 2020

On her weekly show, Vice President Leni Robredo lamented about the Duterte administration’s aversion to any form of criticism. Robredo’s weekly is her way of hitting back at the administration that she is part of but is largely ignored. Robredo in this instance, was cr...

August 22, 2020

The 2020 presidential election in the United States will probably go down in history as the dirtiest. It will be an election where foreign powers became overtly involved. Thanks to the incumbent, Donald Trump for creating false scenarios like demonizing the Chinese at...

July 10, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has exposed many unspoken truths about Philippine democracy that force Filipinos to rethink. For a young democracy, the Philippine situation under President Rodrigo Duterte brings us to a fork in the road where one path leads us to the American...

June 19, 2020

The economic reality of post-pandemic world order will be tied closely to China and Covid-19 will not greatly reduce global reliance on China. This is a key concept that needs to be brought home for whoever wins the Philippine presidential elections in 2022 as they con...

June 11, 2020

The tit-for-tat between China and the Philippines over the South China Sea issue escalated in 2012. Then Sen. Antonio Trillanes made multiple backchannel trips to Beijing that year purportedly to end the stand-off but despite such efforts, the Philippines lost Bajo de...

For all intents and purposes, the post-WWII world order is dead. COVID-19 is perhaps the most consequential global disruption since the last world war and has left humanity spinning in a vacuum with every country left fending for itself. The pandemic has laid bare any...

The Philippine pandemic situation mirrors other countries that of slowly inching back to some new normal where some parts of the country will still on Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), General Community Quarantine (GCQ) or opening up for some low risk regions, provi...

When the first community transmission of COVID-19 was confirmed on March 6th in Manila, President Digong Duterte declared a public health emergency and placed Luzon under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) which banned mass transport and resulted in work stoppage in i...

There is an old adage from Saul Alinsky’s rules for radicals to “never let a good crisis go to waste.” Alinsky’s admonition was more in line with using communication as an opportunity to convey action during a crisis or a threat likened to terrorism or the like. Alinsk...

April 30, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has exposed President Donald Trump’s incompetence in dealing with it. Not only was his response so inadequate and passive, he worsen it by implementing policies he never really fully studied. Being a businessman, Trump thought that his own unde...

April 23, 2020

When a new virus broke out in April 2009 in the US, the H1N1 (swine flu), American and Chinese health authorities immediately worked together. The first human infection was detected April 15 in California with the second detected 130 miles away with no known connection...

April 15, 2020

When China announced to the world about the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Wuhan, it was just a blip in the radar amidst the holiday season. As a matter of fact, being the Chinese New Year many travelers from Wuhan made their vacation destinations worldwide, albeit...

March 21, 2020

The coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) continues to dominate the headlines as the numbers of infected individuals and the death toll continue to rise globally. The barrage of “state of emergency” declarations and instantaneous press coverage of coronavirus breaking news,...

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