Following in Jesse’s footsteps

TWO STATEMENTS of President Benigno “PNoy” Aquino III, one said on the first death anniversary of Jesse Robredo and the other in the wake of the Mamasapano debacle, struck me as unexpectedly or accidentally related. In August 2012, PNoy said the following as tribute to Jesse Robredo: “Kay Jesse: maraming salamat sa serbisyo, sa alaala […]

The cost of Metro Manila traffic congestion

CLOGGED ROADS have always been a part of the daily life of an ordinary Filipino citizen residing in Metro Manila. Commuters struggle as the morning rush brings intense traffic in the busy streets and avenues. Among the variety of transport modes available — private vehicles, MRT, LRT, taxis, and utility vehicles — a significant number […]

On PNoy’s net satisfaction rating

IN a forum sponsored by the Asian Institute of Management Policy Center, the Social Weather Stations (SWS), and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Mahar Mangahas presented the 2015 SWS survey review. The review covered a wide range of issues: net satisfaction ratings of the national administration(s) and the high-level public officials, government response in the wake […]

Rice self-sufficiency as a form of protection for both consumers and producers

RICE HAS BEEN an indispensable staple food on the plates of the majority of Filipinos and is crucial in providing employment to millions of farmers. Rice policy adopts protectionism as an instrument for food security and livelihood promotion, limiting the intensity of competition from foreign suppliers of the staple.  A study by the Philippine Institute […]

Calendar and clock

CALENDAR AND CLOCK are culture and history for artist Nick Joaquin. Several greatest events in Philippine history formed Filipino identity beginning in the 16th century, he wrote inCulture and History; he counted as one of them the introduction of calendar and clock. This event earned the honor of being part of Joaquin’s list because, as […]

Time to ditch ‘Filipino time’

MY LATE DAD described me as in ritardo for always being late in attending family affairs. My wife also has the same complaint. For instance, she quipped on our wedding day that she arrived at the church, and I was nowhere to be found. That was 25 years ago, and I still haven’t kicked the […]

Sympathy for Health Secretary Ona

HEALTH Secretary Ike Ona has taken forced leave to give him the time to answer the charges against him. Allegedly, Secretary Ona committed an irregularity in purchasing vaccines that were not cost-effective. Newspapers also reported that Secretary Ona is being criticized for additional funding for the renovation of the Research Institute of Tropical Medicine (RITM) […]