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Backing down from confrontation

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President Aquino’s fifth State of the Nation Address last Monday signaled a back-down from the confrontational course on which his administration set out starting in mid-July against the Supreme Court.

Posted: August 1st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Japan, Australia firm up defense ties against China

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The visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Canberra last week sent reassuring words to the Philippines amid its increasing concerns over China’s assertive claims vis-à-vis disputed territories in the South China Sea.

Posted: July 25th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Calling on the rabble

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The decision of the Supreme Court striking down the Aquino administration’s Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) as unconstitutional was so devastating to his regime that it sent the President on a warpath against the high court, provoking the worst showdown between the two independent organs of Philippine democracy since he took office in 2010.

Posted: July 23rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Browbeating the Supreme Court

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President Aquino’s performance and trust ratings have plunged to their lowest levels since he took office in 2010 and the Supreme Court unanimously declared four acts and practices under the administration’s Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) unconstitutional.

Posted: July 18th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Aquino’s Iloilo trip bears omens of discontent

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President Aquino went on a barnstorming trip to Iloilo City on Friday to test the waters on his standing with the electorate two years before the 2016 presidential election.

Posted: June 30th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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