Did Sinopharm forget that Duque exists?

A day after Christmas, on 26 December 2020, President Rodrigo Duterte revealed in his weekly briefing that some soldiers have been vaccinated against COVID-19. That revelation, including his mention of Sinopharm, a Chinese state-owned corporation that controls over a thousand subsidiaries and 6 publicly-listed companies (including China Traditional Chinese Medicine and Beijing Tiantan Biological Products), […]

The NPA as terrorist

The New People’s Army (NPA), the armed component of the Communist Party of the Philippines, is behind innumerable instances of atrocities and human rights violations. Pushed to the corner by inequities and state-sanctioned terrorism, it has, over the years, evolved to become a terrorist itself. But let no one forget the genesis of the madness […]

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, […]

The middleman, Ingming Aberia, on September 1, 2020 at 4:02 pm

Policymakers are almost one in saying that to help rice farmers get better compensated for their labor, the middleman has to be eliminated and the farmers allowed to sell products (palay) directly to consumers. The latest to think aloud about this advocacy is Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, whose words, like those of President Rodrigo, […]

Yes, elevate ruling to UN but not now, racosta, on September 5, 2020 at 9:20 pm

To the question of whether we should elevate the arbitral ruling upholding our maritime rights to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) for enforcement, my answer is “Yes, but not now, not during this regime.” Why “Yes”? Because the UNGA is the best forum to help us enforce the ruling. Should the UNGA side with […]

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