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When Security Policies are based on Lies

When Security Policies are based on Lies

The “war on terror” policy pursued by the past Macapagal-Arroyo administration should be declared as good as dead and should be abandoned by the incumbent President. That policy was based…

EDSA and the economy: 25 years after

EDSA and the economy: 25 years after

The 1986 People Power uprising created a moment of national unity and international credibility that could have been the starting point of real economic progress. By Sonny Africa IBON research…

What Has Been Achieved in 25 Years of Peace Negotiations?

What Has Been Achieved in 25 Years of Peace Negotiations?

It would seem to many Filipinos that the peace negotiations between the government and the Communists have achieved nothing significant. Truth is, both panels have signed several important documents that…

SC Ruling on the Truth Commission: A Dead-end?

SC Ruling on the Truth Commission: A Dead-end?

By taking the slower tack of forming a truth body, the pursuit of accountability with respect to the crimes of graft and corruption linking the previous regime has been entrusted…

Barangay: Grassroots Democracy or Clan Politics?

Barangay: Grassroots Democracy or Clan Politics?

Without programs for desperately-needed economic necessities, the barangay as a political unit is an oxymoron: A governance entity that is in theory cut out for bringing about much-needed change in…

Lotto by the numbers

Lotto by the numbers

By Giovanni Tapang, Ph.D. The pot for the Grandlotto 6/55 prize remained elusive as of last Monday’s draw. It has risen already to around P574 million last time and would…

Conditional Cash Transfers (CCTs): Temporary, Diversionary and Indefensible

Conditional Cash Transfers (CCTs): Temporary, Diversionary and Indefensible

The retrogressive character of the CCTs is most of all defined by its defense of neoliberal macroeconomic policies. The larger ‘social protection’ budget is going to be used to mitigate…

Teaching physics from first principles

Teaching physics from first principles

By Dr. Giovanni Tapang, Ph.D. Part 1 Around this time each year, the Samahang Pisika ng Pilipinas (SPP) meets for its annual physics convention and congress. The convention has been…

Guns, Goons, and Gold

Guns, Goons, and Gold

By Alex Tizon Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism Knight Fellow, International Center for Journalists MASBATE: This is supposed to be the geographic center of the Philippines, but it’s also one…