- Published: 15 September 2022 15 September 2022
Volume IV, Number 17. 15 September 2022.
What better way to highlight a government’s (mis)priorities than its national budget? The proposed PhP5.3 trillion 2023 national budget of the Marcos II regime provides massive payouts for the Office of the President, Office of the Vice President Sara Duterte, national defense, foreign and national debt servicing, discretionary funds and gratuitous infrastructure. On the other hand, it extracts from the already pauperized coffers of essential social services such as health, education, social welfare, labor and the agricultural sector.
- Published: 31 August 2022 31 August 2022
Volume IV, Number 16. 31 August 2022.
Barely two months in office, the government of President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr hit a snag with the ‘sugar importation fiasco’. On 5 August, the Sugar Regulatory Administration issued Sugar Order No. 4 allowing the importation of 300,000 metric tons of sugar. An uproar from domestic sugarcane landlords forced Marcos Jr to extricate himself from the mess, put the blame on his subordinates and declared the importation “illegal”. A few days later, however, he backtracked and allowed the importation of 150,000 MT, ostensibly to address the increasing demand for industrial sugar supply and skyrocketing retail prices.
- Published: 15 August 2022 15 August 2022
Volume IV, Number 15. 15 August 2022.
The latest US provocations against China over Taiwan brings the world closer to the verge of a global war. The US carries out these challenges against China even as it continues to engage in a proxy war in Ukraine against Russia. In the context of a declared ‘no limits’ partnership between Russia and China, backing each other over standoffs on Ukraine and Taiwan with a promise to collaborate more against the West, a US war against China will ignite a new World War.
- Published: 31 July 2022 31 July 2022
Volume IV, Number 14. 31 July 2022.
With the concluding statement of his first State of the Nation Address, “I know this in my mind, I know it in my heart, I know it in my very soul: The state of the nation is sound,” Ferdinand Marcos Jr. reveals his utter lack of understanding of the current Philippine realities. There is nothing sound in the state of the nation!
- Published: 15 July 2022 15 July 2022
Volume IV, Number 13. 15 July 2022.
After the dubious ‘electoral victory’ of Ferdinand Marcos Jr, the son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr. was officially declared the successor of Rodrigo Duterte as president of the Republic of the Philippines.