Tag Archives: Aquino


The Aquino government is a glaring reflection of the intellectual and cultural bankruptcy of Philippine society. The mediocrity of the thinking process used to select Aquino reverberates throughout Noynoy’s student government: Botched hostage taking Botched personnel memo Botched wangwang Sloppy HLI land reform law Idiotic confrontation with the Supreme Court Rewarding military adventurism and politicizing […]

Video: Understanding the Philippine Economy Through the Eyes Of Milton Friedman

If I were to believe Aquino’s economic team, it will be sunshine all the way but it isn’t. Initial market buoyancy from an Aquino victory has settled in and businesses are dealing with the same issues they faced since the 1935 Constitution – an economic environment that is skewed in favor of Filipinos who can […]

The Rule of Law and the IIRC Report: Aquino and de Lima do a Pontius Pilate

The jury is back on the IIRC Report – and finds the penalties wanting. The international community finds “RP punishment over hostage fiasco hard to accept”. And the Philippine spin machine is on hyperdrive as it defends its uber incompetent response to the botched hijacking. What else is new in a society where principles are […]

Q: Who’s Behind SLEX Tollway? A: Same Guys Behind Meralco and Maynilad

They control electricity, they control water, they control telecommunications – and more recently – they now control roads – that’s what you get for privatizing without liberalization – monopolies and vested interests in bed with government. Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC), formerly First Philippine Infrastructure, Inc (FPII), is a Philippines-based holding company. The Company acts as a holding company for the shares of Benpres Holdings Corporation (Benpres) and First Philippine Holding Corporation (FPHC) in First Philippine Infrastructure Development Corporation (FPIDC).

From the Net: Cojuangcos don’t want to let go of the land (INQUIRER)

The recent “compromise agreement” is another fry-in-your-own-lard deal being promoted by paid hacks as a “breakthrough deal”. But who really is benefitting from the breakthrough? Definitely, not the farmers who are getting another bum deal. This is the sort of news that just enrages thinking people’s sense of decency. HLI represents the hypocrisy, the phoniness, […]

The Pork Barrel Culture Continues Into the Aquino Presidency

Noynoy Aquino’s recent decision to retain the pork barrel is regrettable. It calls into question Aquino’s sincerity to stay on track with his anti-corruption rhetoric. Keeping one’s hands off the pork barrel does not mean the horse-trading and corruption that occurs in the process is terminated. The INQUIRER headline attempts to paint a picture that […]

Filipino Employee/Laborer's Worst Nightmare: The Filipino Employer

How often do we hear about “evil” foreign employers as the justification for protectionism? I find that hard to believe because in general, when it comes to employee compensation and benefits – Filipino companies are worse than foreign companies. Note that there are companies with foreign-sounding names but whose owners are majority Filipino. Oftentimes, the […]