By Dean dela Paz
The resulting venom elicited by the “Hello from Tacloban” cover is understandable. At his highest ranking in surveys for the 2016 presidency, the DILG chief remains lightyears away from striking distance.
By Mart del Rosario
The drawing board is where the wise guys in a PR agency, such as the shop I used to run, regroup to think up fresh ideas to substitute for a “brilliant” concept that bombs. This happens all the time; the boys and girls who comprise the PR agency think tank scurry back to the drawing board to brainstorm for a new plan, new strategy, whatever, as not all ideas they generate are found, upon field trial, to bring about the desired results.
President Aquino’s decision to skip Tacloban City in the series of commemorative activities marking the first anniversary of Super typhoon “Yolanda” was an egregious mistake. It reminded citizens across the country of the politically toxic atmosphere that hung over Tacloban immediately after it was devastated by the strongest storm to ever make landfall, and renewed questions about whether
By John Nery
I see that my good friend, the eminent scholar Jojo Abinales, has written a deliberately provocative think piece. I think he would be delighted to learn that I disagree with him. He enjoys a good argument, and I will give it to him.
By Randy David
In his interview with ANC’s Lynda Jumilla the other night, Vice President Jejomar Binay said that he made clear his intention to seek the presidency in 2016 as early as when he took office as vice president—unlike Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, the presumptive candidate of the ruling Liberal Party, who, he sneered, has been “hypocritical” about his plans. Clearly, Binay wishes to project the image of a straight-talking politician who has nothing to hide. But, a statement like that is double-bladed: It also gives the impression that political ambition is all that consumes him, and that, as a public official, he has little time for governance.