Monthly Archives: January 2011

A Rational Argument against Constitutional Reform is Rarer than Red Mercury

In a conversation I had earlier today, one interesting point that was raised was the difference in the quality of the arguments made for and against constitutional reform. The general impression among various observers is that the pro-reform advocates have … Continue reading

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Constitutional Reform: What it Looks Like from the Outside

In recent weeks, foreign observers of the Philippines both inside and outside the country have taken a genuine interest in the movement for ‘charter change’ that has developed under the first semester of the thoroughly unremarkable and disappointing Aquino government. … Continue reading

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Burma and the Philippines: struggling for democracy

In a move reminiscent of its coverage of the late Former Philippine President Corazon “Cory” Aquino’s political career, TIME magazine has recently featured on its cover not once, but twice in less than two months, another woman who is touted … Continue reading

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How Ellen Tordesillas inspired me to form an opinion about Charter Change

Up until now, I didn’t have a strong stand on whether the Constitution of the Philippines should be changed or not. That’s just me being consistent with my focus on issues and ideas to do with the fundamental nature of … Continue reading

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Filipinos, it's time to take back our Government!

It’s been a while since there was anything in the mainstream media that was worth reading. One can’t even read some of the articles for mere entertainment value alone because most of the columnists are either too politically correct or … Continue reading

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The payload of mind-poison in every ABS-CBN product

With ABS-CBN, before you can even get your head around evaluating the content of their programs, you need to get past their garish manner of presentation first — all those bells and whistles and fancy jeepney-like colour and graphics splashed … Continue reading

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Setting quantifiable targets for the future: Does Noynoy Aquino have the guts to do it?

Any Government is quick to associate itself — or worse, credit itself — with statistics that describe some kind of success or achievement for the nation. Even as the editor struggled to find Filipino “achievements” in 2010, Presidential Spokesperson … Continue reading

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