Aquino Government’s Crisis Management Failures

President Benigno Aquino government’s clear failure to deal effectively with several major crises is both lamentable and deplorable. Why? Because it’s the Filipino people, not his senior officials, who bears the brunt of his administration’s ineptitude. Two major bumblings of his government stand out. The first is its continuing failure to find and collect all…

Is Andres Bonifacio relevant to OFWs today?

Yes. Very much so. Bonifacio, one of the Philippines’ most popular heroes, had many sterling qualities which many overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) possess and display today across the world. His 150th birth anniversary is celebrated today, November 30. What qualities are these? 1] Boldness and courage. Armed only with spears, knives and bolos against rifles,…

What does the Supreme Court decision on PDAF, Malampaya Fund mean to Pinoys in general?

Lots and lots of potential benefits! Such as jobs creation and livelihood programs (if concerned officials have ample vision and imagination to pursue this), more medicine for public hospitals, more and better schools, expanded support to farmers and fishermen and many others. The sums that would otherwise be lost to ghost projects and kickbacks to…

Half truths, omissions in Aquino official’s surprise Nov 19 meeting with Hong Kong’s Pinoy community

Quite understandably, cabinet secretary Rene Almendras said all the right things about the government’s super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) relief efforts during a surprise meeting yesterday (Nov. 19) at the consulate with the Pinoy media and community leaders in Hong Kong. For those unfamiliar with Almendras, he is President Benigno Aquino’s alter ego in Malacanang. In…

Should the Philippines apologize for the death of 8 Hong Kong tourists in Manila in August 2010?

It’s now more than two years since eight Hong Kong tourists died in a failed police rescue bid in Luneta Park in Manila, and Hong Kong’s anger over the incident hasn’t subsided. On the contrary, this fury is even intensifying. A clear proof of this anger is Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s warning that…

Aquino’s defense of the indefensible

The stinging attack by a large group of call center workers on President Benigno Aquino’s defense of his own pork barrel funds – about P600 billion for next year and an undetermined amount under the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) – is understandable. Lack of transparency and accountability is the single biggest problem or gaping hole…