Behind the headlines

WE have learned in this age of the Internet that there are well-designed traps to get us to “click” on a particular web site. Spam...

A stitch in time

AS we close in on the 2019 national and local elections, the weaknesses of electoral system’s legal infrastructure are coming into sharper and sharper...

For the time being

RICHARD Quinney is a sociologist, and he has authored many books on sociology and social theories. As a sociologist, he writes a book about...

Culture of giving

AS we crossed our path towards the 500 years of Christianity in our country, we are also crossing our path to our Lord Jesus...

US-China trade war affects PHL economy

As the United States and China rattle their economic sabers, threatening punishing tariffs in the opening salvos of a trade war, the Philippines could...

Caught in a feedback loop

IN a speech to the Modern Language Association in 1972, the famous American film critic for The New York Times said this about that...

IMF, the austerity policeman, now adopting a social agenda?

In an earlier article, we wrote that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has been doing some kind of neoliberal revisionism. It has softened its...

A chosen, blessed child

The birth of John the Baptizer (Luke 1:57-66, 80) is significant enough that the Church celebrates it as a solemnity, and for a moment...

Revisiting the local tax on holding companies

Holding companies are plainly not subject to local business tax due to the parameters specified in our local tax code. As early as 2015,...

Wrong policies that keep oil prices and power rates rising

Part Six President Arroyo pushed Epira’s approval AFTER the senatorial elections in May 2001 that saw Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile cheated out of the senatorial race,...

Government must not abandon rice farmers

The President confirmed last week what some experts have been saying all along: That the Philippines will be hard pressed to achieve rice self-sufficiency....

A man is not just how he walks if he can

(Philippine statement delivered by Ambassador Teddy Locsin Jr. on June 12, 2018 at the General Debate, Conference of States Parties to the Convention on...

National Strategy for Financial Inclusion

The National Strategy for Financial Inclusion (NSFI) was constituted on February 26, 2014, through a consultative process and serves as a guidepost for public...

To clean the air, act–don’t just measure pollution

AS we celebrate the 19th anniversary of the Clean Air Act on June 23, it is worth noting its policy declaration giving “focus primarily...

PCSO reorganization to enhance delivery of services

While revenues from Lotto, Small Town Lottery (STL), Keno, Digit games and Sweepstakes are continuously being generated, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) leadership...

Hope for poor candidates

Anybody who is qualified can easily run for a public post. Based on the Constitution, such qualifications are minimal. For instance, to run for...

Businessmen are upbeat

Businesses in the Philippines are more bullish on investing more money this year. They plan to expand their operations or hire more employees because...