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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

A Tale of Two Provinces

  • Friday, 17 October 2014 01:53

We are three (3) weeks away from the anniversary of Yolanda and almost two months since the plan rushed by Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery Panfilo Lacson.  Lacson submitted to BSA3, last 1 August 2014, the PHP170.9 Billion Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Plan (CRRP) for communities devastated by Typhoon Yolanda.

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Favoring Purisima’s Gifts and Favors

  • Friday, 10 October 2014 00:00

During the stint of then DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo, the Undersecretary for peace and order, Rico Puno, was reporting directly to BSA3.  He was the “eyes and ears” of the president.  This situation led to a two hydra set up in the DILG.  Puno resigned 7 September 2012, after several issues that were made public and put the appointing authority again in the spotlight because of the so-called KKK.

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No spin zone!

  • Thursday, 02 October 2014 00:00

Last 25-26 September, the Public Relations Society of the Philippines had its 21st National Congress entitled, “PR as a love thing”. Public Relations (PR) does its share by ensuring that individuals, products and companies maintain strong emotional connections with their target stakeholders, with the intent of making these stakeholders understand, appreciate, and trust them.

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Binay Redux

  • Thursday, 25 September 2014 02:58

Jejomar Binay, Vice President of the Philippines, delivered a prepared speech for a total of 21 minutes with all the trappings of the higher office save the seal.  He was focused on the bigger audience and contrasted himself with those who threw mud at him.  Still, I maintain that he effectively repositioned himself and reframed the debate.  An astute pivot was used.

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Convergence & 2016

  • Friday, 05 September 2014 04:10

The candidate who understands communication, convergence and conversation will make it in 2016 and no amount of demolition can change the fact that demographics and psychographics are now essential or the winner would again need another 60-30-10?

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Politics & Nueromarketing

  • Thursday, 04 September 2014 02:06

My previous column focused on convergence and 2016. Convergence is the fusion of traditional and new media platforms. The point I was trying to make was that a candidate for 2016 cannot just focus on traditional media because of the psychographics of Filipino voters.

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Spox spoofed and spooky

  • Wednesday, 27 August 2014 09:08

Will the Speaker and the Majority Floor be spooked or would they rise up to the challenge and limit the debate on economic provisions? Truly a defining hour for Belmonte and Gonzales.  Let us see if they can wrestle with the spooks!

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Beyond Winnability

  • Tuesday, 12 August 2014 05:42

2016 should be a search for a leader who must be willing and able to “define reality with great clarity; engender trust by demonstrating a disciplined commitment to the selected strategies to make things better and provide more opportunity.” A lot of this can get lost in the fog of winnability.

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Trust - Part IV

  • Tuesday, 05 August 2014 05:27

If you defend a department during plenary debates, you get to get some extra projects within the department. If you stall plenary debates on departments or make it hard to get a department budget approved on plenary, then the legislator is asked what she or he wants and that is often given to her or him to get budget approved, a straight quid pro quo.

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