Author: Filomeno S. Sta Ana III

Reconstruction

Reconstruction

My colleague Manuel Buencamino calls it the biggest reconstruction project in the Philippines after World War II. President Noy Aquino (PNoy) calls it a “comprehensive rehabilitation program.” Typhoon Yolanda has brought incalculable, terrible costs. Two weeks after the most powerful...

What ought to be

What ought to be

Some of us are dismayed over the behavior of blaming and bitching government for the slow, disorganized, or powerless response to the Typhoon Yolanda devastation. Here’s a sample of Facebook comments that I liked: Please, if you are not doing...

Love or Confusion

Love or Confusion

My heart burns with feeling, but, My mind, it’s cold and reeling Is this love baby.. Or is it just confusion? You tell me baby, is this Love or confusion? Mama, we must get together and find out Exactly what...

Smuggling and Sin Tax

Smuggling and Sin Tax

Lucio Tan or his holding firm LT Group, Inc. is again in the news. The media quoted LT Group President Michael G. Tan, son of Lucio, that the company’s tobacco sales dropped by 40 percent in the first quarter of...

Who are PNoy’s Reliable Candidates?

Who are PNoy’s Reliable Candidates?

Manila Bulletin is not the first choice for a Philippine newspaper. It can be boring, and it suffers from its image of being associated with the pro-martial law brand of journalism. But being a humdrum paper also has an advantage:...

UNA and LP: Political Bandits

UNA and LP: Political Bandits

As the party of reform, it should be the party of the future. The lesson from contemporary political economy, especially in East Asia, is that a predictor of prosperity or sustained growth is the endurance of a reformist and visionary political party. Never mind if it is has stationary bandits.

Who’s blocking Freedom of Information?

Who’s blocking Freedom of Information?

Some quarters, including the media, are blaming President Noynoy Aquino or PNoy for the long delay in the passage of the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill. They say the FOI’s main obstruction is P-Noy’s fear, uneasiness, reluctance, or passivity. Some...