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Aquino-SC standoff dangerous to balance of power

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President Aquino remains elusive about whether he would seek an extension of his single six-year term beyond 2016 as controversy smolders over the issue of constitutional change.

Posted: September 1st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Reformer or Politician

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Can a President elected in a political exercise, even on a platform of reform, pursue reform without being a politician?

Posted: August 29th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

Street unrest heightens as Aquino lambasts critics

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In speech on National Heroes Day, last Monday, President Aquino lambasted his critics for “becoming desperate” in their opposition to his campaign for good governance.

Posted: August 27th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

2nd term may lead to dictatorship

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The 31st anniversary of the assassination of Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. on Aug. 21 highlighted the glaring departures of President Aquino from the democratic legacies of his martyred father and late mother.

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

A terrible blunder

Is President Aquino gunning for a second term? He dropped broad hints in a television interview conducted last Wednesday but aired only on Sunday night: “When I took this office, I recall that it was only for one term of six years,” he told TV5. “Now, after having said that, of course, I have to listen to my bosses”—alluding to a supposed clamor from the people for a second term. His spokespersons, however, have denied there was any actual plan to push for a second term, which requires the use of the still-untried process of constitutional amendment. “What I remember the President say was that he’s thinking about it. He didn’t say, ‘Let’s do this tomorrow,’” deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte told reporters on Friday.

Posted: August 18th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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