MAY 2016 ELECTIONI – BATTLE BETWEEN FORCES OF GOOD AGAINST EVIL

              The April 26-29 survey of Pulse Asia, commissioned by ABS CBN, shows Rodrigo Duterte (33%) retaining his double-digit lead over Mar Roxas (22%) and Grace Poe (21%), following a similar trend tracked by Social Weather Station, another credible survey company, a few days before the May 9 election.             Analysts, however, said that…

DID THE PHILIPPINES GET ITS MONEY’S WORTH FOR THE APEC CONFERENCE?

President Benigno Aquino’s government continues to be criticized severely for budgeting 10 billion pesos to host this past week’s Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) conference in Manila attended by 18 heads of states, including US President Barack Obama, Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. What concrete benefits did the…

PETITION FOR PRESIDENT BENIGNO AQUINO TO TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTIONS TO RESOLVE THE BULLET PLANTING (‘TANIM BALA’) MALPRACTICE AT MANILA’S AIRPORTS

PDI photo: Going through any one of Manila’s three airports can now be scary because of a syndicate whose members are planting bullets in luggages of victims who are then detained and charged by the police with a criminal offense.  An increasing number of travelers – Filipinos and foreigners — now fear to use Manila’s…

ANALYSIS: JOJO BINAY WAGES WAR OF WORDS AGAINST PRESIDENT AQUINO’S ADMINISTRATION

Almost daily since he quit President Benigno Aquino’s Cabinet on June 22, Vice President Jejomar Binay has been attacking both Aquino’s handling of various crises and his administration’s shortcomings and mistakes. Yes, Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, a close friend of Aquino, bungled the MRT big time when he headed the transportation and…

Grace Poe’s corruption fight . . . as President in 2016?

Senator Grace Poe, daughter of former movie icon Fernando Poe Jr, never fails to impress. But she also disappoints in certain ways. Topping the 2010 senatorial elections, with significant help from her father, and getting more votes than veteran senators Loren Legarda and Chiz Escudero was impressive. Late last month, she made another impressive move.…

PRESIDENT AQUINO’S DILEMMA – KIN OR COUNTRY?

Pinoys, including about 10 million OFWs, may be in potentially big trouble come the 2016 presidential elections and beyond. President Benigno Aquino’s three sisters and three uncles are reportedly supporting the presidential candidacy of Vice President Jejomar Binay because of the long-standing friendship between the two families. However, Binay now faces plunder charges with the…