Something new happens today—in Indonesia. Our biggest Southeast Asian neighbor will mark May 1 as Labor Day for the first time in its history. According to the Jakarta Post, some 100,000 workers are expected to take to the streets of Jakarta. But to countries like Malaysia and the Philippines, the celebration of Labor Day presents, not an exciting development, but an old, even dull, ritual.
The controversial print ad that the Bureau of Internal Revenue ran as part of its ongoing shame campaign showed a doctor being carried on the back of a schoolteacher, a comparison of their incomes and taxes paid, and the campaign’s tagline: “When you don’t pay your taxes, you’re a burden to those who do.”
Unexpected but entirely fitting: It was during a visit in 1997 to the Philippines—a country known for its people’s sense of fatalism and obsessed with radio dramas and telenovelas, with their larger-than-life version of romance—that the liberator of South Africa showed the world he was once again in love. Nelson Mandela, the first black [...]
The statement of reassurance from US President Barack Obama was simple and straightforward.
By all accounts, President Aquino did not have since-resigned National Bureau of Investigation director Nonnatus Rojas in mind, when he expressed his concern about “less trustworthy” officials working in the NBI. Just the same, Rojas felt resignation was the right response, and the only option.