Author: Ingming Aberia, The Manila Times


IN one of his recent weekly briefings, President Rodrigo Duterte reintroduced a seldom heard theory that squatters are responsible for deforestation and, consequently, flooding in low-lying areas. The main contention people have been used to hearing is that illegal logging and illegal mining are the major causes of deforestation. It is easy to equate squatting […]

Revving up government

Second of 3 parts LAST week I advanced two interlinked notions. One, the government’s dubious track record in running profit-making corporations dampens enthusiasm for Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go’s proposal to put up Tienda Malasakit centers. These centers are supposedly intended to take the place of middlemen whose business operations create conditions that deprive poor […]

On breaking down 4.5 minutes of Duterte-speak, Ingming Aberia, on August 25, 2020 at 4:02 pm

I RECEIVED unflattering feedback (always seems to happen whenever I write something that disagrees with, or is critical of, what government officials say or do) in the comments section of my column last week, which took an excerpt of President Rodrigo Duterte’s address about war on drugs on Monday evening, Aug. 17, 2020. In that,…

Sorting the good news from the sad, racosta, on August 29, 2020 at 9:20 pm

Amid the sad news dimming our horizon — like the worrying rise in the ABSOLUTE NUMBER of coronavirus infections, the shocking plunder of PhilHealth funds, the deadly Jolo blasts, and the President’s revelation of his doctors’ advice that his Barrett’s esophagus may worsen to Stage One cancer—I welcome some shiny good news, among them: First,…