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An admission of concern

An admission of concern

BY JOHNNY DAYANG After so much public insults have been hurled against the vice-president, the Palace has finally admitted that President Rodrigo Duterte is worried that despite her supposed shortcomings, Leni Robredo may eventually wrestle the presidency. This apprehension flies on the face of the national leadership which has overconfidently claimed that Duterte’s successor is […]

Banking opportunism

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Banking opportunism

BY JOHNNY DAYANG It may have been delayed for a while but come April 2021, the banks, in a clever effort to draw more blood from a poor man’s savings or salary, are imposing higher fees for the use of the Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs). They want P18 for every withdrawal from ATMs outside financial […]

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First electoral signs

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First electoral signs

BY JOHNNY DAYANG Forget about electioneering. Already mired in its own negligence, the Commission on Elections has remained passive in pre-electoral abuses that have ailed our political system. Electioneering is associated with political campaigns happening before the official campaign period starts. Presumptive candidates can post tarps and billboards with messages and images that point to […]

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Political realignments

BY JOHNNY DAYANG Eight months before politicos troop to the Commission on Elections to file their certificates of candidacy, subtle political movements are slowly surfacing. In Davao City, Mayor Sara Duterte has allowed the use of her voice in pre-taped COVID-19 warnings urging people to follow basic health protocols. Her messages are carried by transports […]

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Intelligence lapse

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Intelligence lapse

BY JOHNNY DAYANG It’s a fact that the most tantalizing lure that draws politicians and public servants to government is what everyone knows as ‘intelligence fund.’ This is the same bounty local politicians die for. Prescribed by law not to be audited, it is the bacon for corruption. Recently, the matter of intelligence fund grabbed […]

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Defanged sectors

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Defanged sectors

BY JOHNNY DAYANG In an ideal real world, there are only few sectors that stand out as incredibly powerful and they are not even classified as political groups. Not only are they not elected by the Filipino people; they have acquired their influence by happenstance. Four of the “most powerful blocs” in any democracy are […]

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