Why I support 1Sambayan

‘[A] unity platform must be adopted. It is not enough to criticize the failings of the Duterte government – even if they are many and serious.’ There are five reasons why I support 1Sambayan, the coalition of democratic forces launched last week in Makati City. I also have four suggestions for the coalition so it …

Fidel V. Ramos and Red-Tagging

“It makes sense that the one who would want peace the most for the country is the soldier who became our greatest president.” Last March 18, Fidel V. Ramos (FVR as he is affectionately called), former president of the Philippines, turned 93 years old. According to a story in this newspaper, he celebrated this milestone …

A Dead Horse Nicknamed Chacha

“The advent of the pandemic has made economic liberalization even riskier.” I dislike the saying “flogging to death a dead horse,” which means a particular effort is a waste of time as there will be no useful outcome coming out of that exercise of so much energy. It’s an idiom that is anti-animal rights and …

A Different Kind of Love

‘What has sustained Senator Leila de Lima and activist Myles Albasin in detention is the love of their families and friends, different from the romantic relationships we celebrate on Valentine’s Day but probably more fruitful’ On this Valentine’s Day, in the midst of a pandemic, I pay tribute to Leila de Lima and Myles Albasin, …

Hope Because of Servant Leaders

“We need leaders who will serve selflessly and with integrity.” In this last and final installment of the series “Servant Leader Leni Robredo” by Professor Ed Garcia, I highlight the final comments of Professor Garcia about the need for a new breed of heroes who serve silently and risk their lives for the service of …

Fighting Back for the People

“Such is the dumbing down of politics in our midst.” The day Vice-President Leni Robredo was sacked as Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs co-chair by the President, barely a little more than two weeks on the job, Professor Ed Garcia wrote “Fight Back, Filipino”. Published in the book “Servant Leader Leni Robredo,” Garcia argues how …

VP Leni and the War Against Drugs

“Courage, competence, commitment, and compassion.” The second part of the book “Servant Leader: Leni Robredo” by Ed Garcia revolves around Vice President Leni Robredo’s engagement with the government’s flagship program – the fight against illegal drugs. Against expectations, VP Leni accepted President Duterte’s dare to lead the campaign. In this essay, Ed Garcia says that …

COVID or Not, No Charter Change

Co-authored with Jayvy Gamboa. ‘The proposed charter change has long-reaching effects that may be irreversible and that may haunt us even after the pandemic has ceased’ Here we are again. The leaders of Congress such as House Speaker Lord Velasco and Senators Bong Go, Bato Dela Rosa, and Francis Tolentino have publicly expressed their interest …

Leni Robredo’s Moral Courage

“Indeed we have elected an extraordinary vice president.” In his essay “Rediscovering a Brave Brand of “Doing Politics” published in “Servant Leader Leni Robredo, Constitutional Commissioner Ed Garcia dissects how the lack of administration support for VP Leni Robredo’s endeavors and the lack of respect by the administration led VP Leni to resign from the …

To Give and Not to Count the Cost

“The vice president makes difficult tasks seem easy.” “To Give and Not to Count the Cost” is Part 1 of the coffee table book which comprises a collection of published and unpublished articles compiled by Professor Ed Garcia. In this chapter, we find articles by various authors, such as “Leave it to Leni” by Chit …