Instant Runoff Voting Should be Implemented in the Philippines

In the 1950s and 1960s, the Philippines was essentially a two-party country. There was the Liberal Party and the Nacionalista Party. The vast majority of Filipino voters supported one or the other. Thus, a candidate who won the presidency did so with over 50 percent of the vote—a majority of Filipinos having cast a ballot for him.....»»

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Who Should Be Malacañang s Next Resident?

At this early stage, we think the Lacson-Sotto presidential ticket makes the most sense—for now. We all still need to see who else will run in 2022. As we noted in past editorials, since the 1986 People Power revolution, only one president has stood out as truly qualified to hold the office: Fidel Ramos. No one else had the leadership skills, government experience, and intelligence to be president......»»

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Philippines Dismal Education Ranking Is Due to DepEd s Mismanagement, Not the World Bank

Rather than demand an apology from the World Bank, Education Secretary Leonor Briones should instead resign and admit her inability to raise the country's dismally low education standards. As we noted in a previous editorial, Philippine education is so woefully behind we are now an embarrassment to our Southeast Asian neighbors as well as to ourselves.....»»

Source: Philnews PhilnewsCategory: NewsJul 19th, 2021Related News

Is Leni Robredo the Only One Who Realizes the Philippines Has a Crisis in Education?

Vice President Leni Robredo wants the government to declare a "crisis in education." We believe that is the right thing to do. The World Bank (WB) may have issued an apology for its objective assessment of the country's education system—given Education Secretary Leonor Briones and the Duterte administration's hysteria when the report first appeared—but the facts in that report remain true. Compared to other countries, the Philippines ranks at or near the bottom in education......»»

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Manny Pacquiao Got Knocked Off His PDP-Laban Party

Senator and boxing legend Manny Pacquiao just got punked. And many say he had it coming. Pacquiao thought he could have his cake and eat it too. And so, he now finds himself booted out of the ruling political party—the party he hoped would take him to the presidency......»»

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America! Turn Yourself Around for the Sake of Global Democracy

American President Joseph Biden recently concluded his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva, Switzerland. Biden's performance so far has been exemplary, warning Putin that America will respond in kind to continued malign behavior from Russia. Under Biden, the office of the United States president appears to be slowly regaining the global stature it lost during the four years of the Donald Trump administration......»»

Source: Philnews PhilnewsCategory: NewsJul 3rd, 2021Related News

What s Next for President Duterte?

Will Philippine President RodrigoDuterte run for the vice presidency in 2022? Will he cancel the elections instead? Or might he find himself out of office and out of power when his term ends next year? These are serious questions with grave consequences for the president......»»

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Freedom-Loving Filipinos Stand With Myanmar Demonstrators

It is absolutely shameful that the country that gave the world the People Power revolution now stands mute as the Tatmadaw, Myanmar's military junta, trample on its citizens' freedoms and human rights. Democracies across the globe have begun to voice their concerns. Even our more enlightened neighbors like Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore repeatedly urge ASEAN to act and condemn the violence. But from the Philippines, we have so far heard nothing. Why? Why is the Philippine government silent? Are they afraid that their Asian neighbors might one day also call them out as well?.....»»

Source: Philnews PhilnewsCategory: NewsJun 6th, 2021Related News

Filipinos Need to Dump Religion and Embrace Science NOW!

For those who follow this site, you know we are no fans of the present Philippine administration. Truth be told, we disagree with almost everything it does—everything, except President Rodrigo Duterte's railing against the Catholic Church. His bashing of the priests and bishops adds nuance to our generally negative view of Malacañang's current resident......»»

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Hey Joe, We ll Take Your Extra Vaccines!

The United States will soon be facing a dilemma—one that the Philippines wishes it had. As of this writing, America has fully vaccinated almost a hundred million of its citizens against COVID-19. That is nearly thirty percent of the entire population. Given the scale of their vaccination program under President Joe Biden, the country is well on its way to achieving "herd immunity" and inoculating all Americans who want to get vaccinated......»»

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Plummeting education standards: A national emergency

Filipino children born in the last 10 years are at a disadvantage even before they enter the workforce. Due to educational standards that have plummeted, the average Filipino today has become intellectually inferior to his counterparts from the rest of Asia, Europe, and North America. Unable to compete, this will relegate the Filipino to be the manual laborers of the world unless radical reforms are set into motion. It is a national tragedy......»»

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Hot Weather Is Handicapping Filipinos

I believe that one reason for the productivity deficit of Filipinos is due to the country's intolerably hot weather. The entire globe is slowly warming, but the Philippines has already become too hot to handle. April and May are usually the hottest months, with average temperatures in Metro Manila hovering from the mid-twenties to the mid-thirties, in degrees Celsius (77 to 95 F). However, on May 14, Dagupan City hit a record high of 53 C (127 F). Several days later, Sangley Point came close, posting 51 C (123 F)......»»

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The Philippines Should Leave ASEAN and Join Quad Instead

It is high time the Philippines packs its bags and bids "adieu" to its timid friends from ASEAN and says "hello" to the Quad. For years this country has spent an inordinate amount of time, money, and resources for an association with little to show the world other than its awkward cross-armed handshake. Now, amid a global pandemic, everyone will at least be spared seeing that utterly silly ritual on TV or plastered across the front pages of newspapers around the region......»»

Source: Philnews PhilnewsCategory: NewsMar 27th, 2021Related News

In 2022, Filipinos Must Choose Their Next President Wisely

Filipinos need to choose their leaders wisely. Say what you will about the country's former colonial powers, but the Philippines was way ahead of its neighbors under Spain and the United States. Since Filipinos took over control of their own destiny in 1946, the country has seen a steady decline in its leadership role in Asia. Neighboring countries that were far less developed than we were sixty or seventy years ago have surged past us, leaving us far behind......»»

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Standing Up for Democracy, in 1986 and 2021

Are the ideals we stood for during the People Power revolution in 1986 gone? On February 22, 1986, Filipinos began amassing along Epifanio de los Santos Avenue, near Cubao. They were there to force a dictator from Malacañang and restore freedom and democracy in the country. Next week, we will be celebrating the 35th anniversary of that momentous event in our history. We must pause and ask ourselves: are we still the same country that stopped the tanks and pulled off the first bloodless revolution in modern history?.....»»

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Filipinos Stand with Aung San Suu Kyi and the People of Myanmar

This February, Filipinos will celebrate the 35 anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution. Therefore, it is unacceptable for Filipinos to stand silent as their fellow Southeast Asians in Myanmar lose the rights and freedoms they gained in 2016......»»

Source: Philnews PhilnewsCategory: NewsFeb 3rd, 2021Related News

Pinoys Can Teach Americans a Thing or Two About Tyrants

Ever since American Naval forces led by Admiral George Dewey sailed into Manila Bay in 1898, many Americans saw it their duty to educate the Filipinos. With the arrival of instructors like the Tomasites, a long-standing pattern was set—Americans would teach, and Filipinos would learn. Now, over a hundred years later, it is time to flip that model around and repay the favor......»»

Source: Philnews PhilnewsCategory: NewsJan 22nd, 2021Related News

You Can Help America Save Democracy

Many Filipino-Americans, especially those living on both coasts of the United States, are glad former Vice President Joe Biden won the election. Many viewed the Trump presidency with dismay. But there was one thing Trump got right. He stood up to China and called it for what it is: an evil, totalitarian state that is hell-bent on dominating its neighbors and eventually the entire world......»»

Source: Philnews PhilnewsCategory: NewsJan 16th, 2021Related News

A Heritage of Smallness by Nick Joaquin

It has been 54 years since Philippine National Artist for Literature, the late Nick Joaquin, penned the following article. With few exceptions, the issues he railed against then are still with us today. Sadly, most of our Southeast Asian neighbors are surging ahead economically, while the Philippines slowly gets left behind. We Pinoys must break free from the attitudes and habits that are holding us back and stride boldly into the future, with big plans and bigger dreams. - PNL.....»»

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U.S. Capitol Siege Proves How Fragile Democracy Is

Yesterday's riots in the U.S. Capitol jolted many, the world over, to the fact that democracy is indeed fragile and can easily be lost or destroyed. When demonstrators overwhelmed the police and broke into the Senate and House chambers to overturn the November elections results, America came as close to a coup as anyone alive can remember. If America had less robust democratic institutions, things could have easily gone the other way......»»

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