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‘Awful’ President Aquino

Sen. Sergio R. Osmeña III recently called President Aquino an “awful manager.” Judging from the seemingly “awful” performance of some of P-Noy’s Cabinet appointees, Senator Osmeña appears to have hit the nail right on the head. Reading all the recent news about the “awful” outlook on electricity supply, persistent rice smuggling, increasing unemployment and the latest bombshell—the dismal operations of the MRT—you can’t help but shake your head and ponder the senator’s statement.

Posted: April 12th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

One delay after another

Not much good news has come out of late on the Aquino administration’s Public-Private Partnership program. This flagship investment program has been lurching from one delay to the next—truly disappointing, with just a little more than two years left in the administration. But to be fair, the Philippines’ record in privatizing vital projects since the 1980s has been marred by contract disputes, court litigations and flip-flopping regulations that serve to discourage foreign investments.

Posted: April 8th, 2014 in Columnists,Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Aquino’s good management style

We respect the views of Sen. Sergio R. Osmeña III on the recent developments in the energy sector ( “Aquino a poor manager—Serge,” Front Page, 3/14/14). Rest assured, the Aquino administration takes cognizance of the urgency of the situation.

Posted: March 31st, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

‘Killing us slowly’

Half a year after the rogue Nur Misuari faction of the Moro National Liberation Front began what is now commonly referred to as the three-week-long “siege of Zamboanga,” the list of casualties from that crisis continues to lengthen.

Posted: March 28th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »


If there’s one thing that the Aquino administration can be proud of, it’s the remarkable economic growth of 7.2 percent and 6.8 percent in 2012 and 2013, respectively. But if there’s one thing that should keep it from bragging, it’s the fact that this prosperity has yet to be felt by those who need it most.

Posted: March 25th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Hands full, but Aquino lacks action

When Senator Benigno Aquino III was campaigning for president in 2010, voters welcomed and embraced his slogan of “kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap” on the “Daang Matuwid,” in full expectation that, at last, the country would be freed from the bondage of corruption and poverty.

Posted: March 24th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Hot emerging markets? The curious case of the Philippines and Mexico


The Aquino administration has very good press these days—outside the country. In two major international publications, the Philippines under President Aquino has been the toast and talk of the town. In early February, Keith Bradsher recently gave a heads up in a much-read New York Times piece where he wrote: “Political analysts say that his administration has fought and reduced the corruption that played a role in holding the Philippines back. In one practical measure of that change, the country has been able to pave more roads per 100 million pesos in spending (about $2.2 million) than before — when funds were lost to corrupt officials and incompetence — finally addressing an impediment to commerce.”

Posted: March 22nd, 2014 in Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

Expect more heat

So here we are again: About to start the summer season, with the prospect of a power shortage to add to the heat.

Posted: March 21st, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

Congress hoodwinking people with new Cha-cha

Constitutionalism is taking a severe beating under the Aquino administration.

Posted: March 12th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Human rights abuses in PH abetted by US gov’t thru military aid

The US State Department report on the human rights abuses in the Philippines is hypocritical because the United States is equally responsible for the abuses through military aid, deployment of troops and a counterinsurgency blueprint that is anchored on the Aquino administration’s Oplan Bayanihan.

Posted: March 12th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Adaptable Pinoys suffer from P-Noy’s procrastination

I assume Filipinos have adjusted to the horrible traffic that the “road link” construction is causing. But then again that’s what Filipinos do best and do often: adjusting to the difficulties that their government imposes on them.

Posted: March 10th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

All talk

I just want to quickly point out more promises where President Benigno Aquino III and Malacañang have fallen short.

Posted: February 17th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »



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