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,...

March 6, 2020

The novel corona virus outbreak (COVID-19) was first reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) in December 2019 from the city of Wuhan, Hubei province in China where the bulk of the cases’ morbidity and mortality have occurred to date. The outbreak has since spre...

February 27, 2020

The ABS-CBN franchise renewal issue has been simmering for weeks and has now reached a crescendo in the past few days with more politicians joining the fray and as the deadline looms in the horizon. The main crux of the issue is whether to renew the franchise for anoth...

February 21, 2020

The termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) between the Philippines and the United States has become a lightning rod. President Duterte’s call for the termination due to Sen. Bato de la Rosa’s U.S. tourist visa cancellation (because of a ban signed by Presid...

February 13, 2020

Twenty-twenty two, a presidential election year is still two years away but in the political world, campaigns should already be in high gear preparing for such eventuality. While it is an accepted truism that VP Leni Robredo is the presumptive presidential candidate fo...

January 17, 2020

“Under the bludgeonings of chance, my head is bloody but unbowed… and yet the menace of the years finds, and shall find me, unafraid.” Invictus, William Ernest Henly

The assassination of General Qassem Soleimani, Iran’s top military commander has thrown gasoline into th...

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