Pimentel says charter change should focus on political dynasties, party-list 

THE SENATE minority leader on Tuesday said initiatives to change the 1987 Constitution should focus on political provisions that will enhance the country’s system of governance.    Senator Aquilino Martin “Koko” D. Pimentel III recommended amendments in the party-list system and introducing safeguards against political dynasties.    He also proposed a shift in the country’s form of […]

Defiant Ortega frees political prisoners in Nicaragua, expels them to US

MANAGUA/WASHINGTON – More than 200 Nicaraguan political prisoners were freed and flown to the United States on Thursday, nearly all of them prominent government critics jailed in President Daniel Ortega’s crackdown on dissent over recent years. Ortega later described the surprise release as a push to expel criminal provocateurs who sought to undermine Nicaragua, while […]

Analysts: Brazil polls may inspire Pinoy opposition

By Kyle Aristophere T. Atienza, Reporter PHILIPPINE opposition forces that include leftists and moderates should focus on building constituents now to give themselves a fighting chance against the resurgence of right-wing populism, political analysts said, as Brazil saw the defeat of Jair Bolsonaro’s far-right rule in a tight presidential race. The opposition camp should also […]

Carvajal: Branches of the same tree

Strictly speaking, a political turncoat is one that dumps the socio-economic and political beliefs of her/his party to join another party that swears by a different ideology. Our political parties, however, are essentially factions of one Extreme Right Party.Strictly speaking, therefore, party-jumping legislators are not turncoats but mere opportunists. Much like monkeys that instinctively hop […]

Philippines’ political risk remains ‘significant’

The Philippines overall rating improved by a point to 58 (out of 100) with “significant” risk temperature level in the quarterly Political Risk Index by global advisory, broking and solutions company WTW (formerly Willis Towers Watson) in collaboration with Oxford Analytica. The index analyzes patterns in the world’s most vulnerable countries, covering key political perils […]

TikTok is propagandists’ new tool to win elections in Southeast Asia

By Nuurrianti Jalli Scholars and political observers have raised concerns over public opinion maneuvering on social media in Southeast Asia as three countries in the region — the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia — are gearing up for elections. Propagandists’ strategic maneuvering of public opinion on social media remains a dangerous threat to democracy in Southeast Asia. […]

Ruling party row: Pacquiao expelled by Duterte group; Pimentel dismisses pronouncement 

THE RULING PDP-Laban party under President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Sunday announced that Senator Emmanuel “Manny” D. Pacquiao has been automatically expelled for filing his certificate for presidential candidacy under a different party, but the other faction led by the party founder’s son dismissed the pronouncement.  Mr. Pacquiao on Friday filed his candidacy under the Progressive Movement for the Devolution of Initiatives (PROMDI), noting the party’s alliance with PDP-Laban […]


When people talk about Philippine politics, the issue of political dynasties is — and will always be — at the forefront of discussions. Now that we are approaching an election year, the seemingly accepted “truth” that dynasties are bad for us becomes all the more salient, in the media, and among voters as well. Is […]

Carvajal: Not unless…

What does change mean? Going back to our old ways as a people is change. Moving on with a more relevant way of life is change. Replacing political leaders is change; so is shifting to a new form of government. Which of these and myriad other changes do Filipinos want? That depends on the why […]

Carvajal: When gods play poker

Having watched so many Westerns during this pandemic, I couldn’t help comparing the country’s current political scene to a poker game in a Wild West saloon. In this all too familiar scene in a typical Western movie, you see impeccably dressed professional gamblers and big cattle ranchers playing poker in one corner of the saloon. […]