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), […]

Policy Delphi and People’s Congress — the theoretical boxwork

(Also published by The Manila Times on 4 March 2020) DEVELOPED by Project RAND (of Rand Corp.) in the 1950s, the Delphi Method is a management tool originally designed “to forecast the impact of technology on warfare. The method entails a group of experts who anonymously reply to questionnaires and subsequently receive feedback in the […]

Lessons on the Road

As a regular Metro Manila commuter since 1975, I have experienced–then and now–how millions live their lives on the road. The Mandaluyong (where I lived) to Manila (where I attended college) route took an average of forty-five minutes to an hour of travel time by jeep, one way. The Mandaluyong to Quezon City (where I […]

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