Malacañang’s Dilemma: Align with the East or West?

Featured May 25, 2017 on Inquirer.net Right after Fidel Ramos became the 12th President of the Republic, he immediately embarked on a mission to promote international trade and encourage foreign investments.  With a total of 69 foreign trips during his tenure, this era marked not only the start of the Philippines' recovery as a potential … Continue reading Malacañang’s Dilemma: Align with the East or West?

Bazinga! Women’s rights is at the heart of Malacañang’s Madam Secretary feud

Featured Mar 22, 2017 on Inquirer.net Sheldon Cooper, the socially-awkward physicist of the Big Bang Theory fame (currently #1 Comedy Show), popularized the word “Bazinga!” as his catchphrase for a cruel joke on the set.  First heard in the Season 2 finale, the word gave birth to life in 2012 when a newly discovered specie, … Continue reading Bazinga! Women’s rights is at the heart of Malacañang’s Madam Secretary feud

Is Duterte keeping the Marcos legacy alive?

Ferdinand Marcos was elected in 1965 during the country's golden age of democracy.   The Philippines at this era was an emerging global player. Manila was in a race against Tokyo for Asia's economic leadership, and Filipinos didn't need a visa to travel anywhere. Today, the Philippines is back in the global headlines:  coverage of … Continue reading Is Duterte keeping the Marcos legacy alive?

Is Duterte playing Chess or Checkers?

2016 has been a tumultuous year for several world leaders trying to shape economies, policies and countries:  David Cameron gambling the fate of the U.K. with a vote leading to Brexit, Juan Manuel Santos failing to close the plebiscite on Colombia's FARC deal after decades of negotiations, and Hillary Clinton miscalculating the most reviled candidate … Continue reading Is Duterte playing Chess or Checkers?