State of Accountability

“For one more time, we call on this administration to stop the killings and violence.” In his State of the Nation Address (SONA), President Duterte was expected to once again defend his failed war against illegal drugs. He was expected, again, to be defiant of the International Criminal Court as it decides to investigate the …

The Languishing State of the Nation

‘Despite my bluntness, I have always wanted the President to succeed from Day One — but again, not on his terms, but on the terms the Philippines truly needs and deserves’ The President’s next State of the Nation address is expected to be his last, barring an unconstitutional extension of his term, and he would …

What a (Vice) President Duterte reveals on the State of the Nation

Co-written with Jayvy Gamboa. The talks of President Duterte’s candidacy as vice president does not only draw attention to the possibility of a continued hold onto power, but also to the question of whether this is a symptom of a more fundamental problem in Philippine politics On July 26, 2021, Monday, the country is set …

Toward a COVID-proof and safe 2022 elections

“This study suggests it is possible to hold successful elections even under pandemic conditions.” In this column, I borrow from an excellent study conducted and released by the PARTICIPATE coalition, led by the Ateneo School of Government. In that paper, the authors point out what is obvious, that the 2022 Philippine national elections, to be …

May 9, 2022

“It is foolhardy to think that we can predict what will happen.” A year from now, there is a strong likelihood that on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, the country would already know the results of the May 9, 2022 elections. This was the case in 2010 and 2016 when by midnight or early morning the …