The ambitious “Build, build, build” infrastructure program has been the pillar of the Duterte administration’s economic development push. Although it’s been criticized for the slow pace of accomplishment ranged against the original targets, the fact remains that the government has so far spent P4.7 trillion on infrastructure, or more than twice the previous administration’s record of less than P2 trillion. At the Asia Infrastructure Forum 2021 last June, Public Works Secretary Mark Villar said the government’s
There’s been a dramatic and much welcomed turning of the tide in our country’s political cyberspace. The trolls are being trounced and they’re in a humiliating retreat. Trolls are people who hide under fictitious names online. They spread offensive, inflammatory, and even profanity-laden commentaries. Their aim is to antagonize and disrupt public discussion with the purpose of propagandizing the narrative of patrons who pay them. They spread fake or distorted stories to mislead the public or bully targeted personalities. Trolls in our country are overwhelmingly pro-government, judging from their attacks against opposition leaders, administration critics, and their obsessive defense of President Duterte.