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A slang word for zero. Nada. Nil. This on-line column does commentaries on politics in general - that is, politics here and elsewhere, as it attempts to foretell the impacts they may cause to the everyday life of the Filipino nation. In doing so, the column does not only want to be informative, but maybe more so, to be entertaining and amusing to its readers

Unite, all Overseas Filipinos!

  • Thursday, 27 August 2015 02:19

NOW this I don’t get. Taxing and opening Balikbayan Boxes (BB)? At the start of the ghost month, the Aquino administration is playing a joke on us, both to the sender and the receiver. Oh Mar, the joke is also on you!

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The Art of Underspending

  • Sunday, 16 August 2015 00:00

All the buzz words in reform lexicon won’t shake if spending ceases. That impacts on service delivery and that in turn leads to caring for the bosses. Would the last ten months be a major paralysis or a total breakdown? You just have to look around you and, sorry, it ain’t called progress!

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Are you looking for a saint?

  • Sunday, 09 August 2015 00:00

A SECTION of the Yellow Brigade (YB), if not the whole group, launched quite early and too often, a word that they tried to shape 2016 into: bobotantes. These are voters who are dumb. Making further the argument that if the voters are supporting candidate JB, then they are dumb.

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Aces with the Sereno court

  • Thursday, 30 July 2015 00:00

The Supreme Court is said to be the last court of resort for all parties on questions of law. With 15 members, 4 appointed by BSA3 and 11 appointed prior to BSA3, the Supreme Court will be the major arena of any action against the outgoing administration and issues related to 2016.

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Lay of the land and the stubbornly indecisive

  • Thursday, 23 July 2015 00:00

THE lay of the land is such that the independents seem to be dictating the shape of things for the Aquino administration come 2016. One would notice the offensive of the independents in the news cycle over the weekend, hugging the news and going on overdrive so it dictates the pace at the start of the week.

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Where to, Philippines?

  • Friday, 03 July 2015 08:17

Learning about the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road is an opportunity one cannot pass. So despite the load of work and the increased noise to herald the oncoming political exercise, a nine-day break was most welcomed.

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Oh please, surveys are just guides!

  • Friday, 26 June 2015 07:34

When surveys are released, immediately media kicks in with an array of interpretations, even declaring whoever is ahead as already the winner. When much has to do with the research design (qualified voters, likely voters or registered voters) and question framing and then you will have the field work and the data crunching that eats almost three to four weeks causing a result that is dated when released. And that is where the problem lie–we react on dated results.

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A short list of three?

  • Thursday, 18 June 2015 00:00

ALTHOUGH BSA3 has given the go signal to use machinery and resources to promote the presumptive candidate and every event is being used to extol the presumptive’s qualities, we now know that it seems being on top of the list is not assurance of endorsement despite the calls of party leaders and officers to already make a declaration.

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Japan engages and hoping for a proactive ASEAN

  • Wednesday, 10 June 2015 03:51

Japan is crucial and hedging while ASEAN is recalibrating due to the integration of the member-states to be known as the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) by December 2020.

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