The new political landscape in Cebu SHOOTING STRAIGHT - Bobit S. Avila (The Philippine Star) - May 30, 2019 - 12:00am We were in Copenhagen last Sunday when the European Union (EU) held its general elections. This is why we saw so many political posters in almost all the Scandinavian cities we visited. I heard that there was a huge turnout of voters, but we really didn’t see this on our bus tours. In London, we heard that the big breaking news was the up and coming resignation of UK Prime Minister Theresa May… which tells us that the end of the Brexit issue is near. I learned from our friends in London that Brexit lost steam in the last three years. So perhaps the UK will not leave the EU at all. * * * Allow me now to talk about the political situation in the island of Cebu. Let’s start with Cebu City, where the political battle was between the BOPK candidates and Barug-PDP Laban. Our new Cebu City mayor is … [Read more...] about The new political landscape in Cebu
I have heard talk that political ideology exists in Thai politics, perhaps within Pheu Thai. Did the 80 parties all have different ideologies, reflected in their policy platforms and points of view? Or were they formed for other, more personal motives? Or were they part of a grand strategy to give the appearance of democracy when there is in fact none, perpetrated by the same tricksters who earlier tried to fool Thailand with night-time voting and a princess as PM candidate? If it was a trick, who benefited from all the votes cast for the 80 parties, diluting political power and making Thailand an impotent democracy? One big established party could count on its voting-base in the North and Northeast, while its rival newcomer had no stronghold and had to chase votes all over the country, competing with 45 new parties in many areas. So guess which party lost most votes to the 45 new parties? No surprise – it was the newcomer, Phalang Pracharat. And Pheu Thai was the beneficiary, as … [Read more...] about Do different ideologies exist in Thai politics?
It is simply pathetic that the political “elite” rode on a campaign message that cast their candidates as the only choice for people who are decent, patriotic, and righteous – and that those who would not vote for them are stupid, rude, crude, ill-mannered and unthinking “bozos.” Well, they totally misread the voting public and were in for a rude awakening. As we all know now, based on the unofficial tally, the opposition has been completely shut out, with none from the Otso Diretso slate making it. Many of my wealthy friends who are supporters of the opposition may disagree, but the results are a stinging, in-your-face rebuke against the “quehorror” and “quebarbaridad” group afflicted with the “cacique” mentality. The old “kami lang ang magaling at pwede” condescending attitude was completely rebuked. The days of the Spanish colonial encomienda system has long ago passed – time to wake up to … [Read more...] about Political miscalculation
If you're one of those royal watchers (admit it, you're a bit of that), then it's been a busy week. First, Emperor Naruhito ascended the throne following the abdication of his father, Emperor Emeritus Akihito. Then, King Vajiralongkorn finally assumed the crown after a long mourning period following the 2016 demise of his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Lastly, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their firstborn, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. For all my steadfast belief in democracy and equal opportunity, I'm evidently quite a royal watcher. It's hard not to look whenever the royal pomp and pageantry walks by the media screens. It's a bit about the fairy tale, a lot about the juicy telltale that usually follows afterward, and about both the prettiness and pettiness of it all. Japan, which quickly rose from the ashes of World War II to become Asia's first developed country, keeps room for a monarch whose lineage harks back to 660 BC. Hirohito, Naruhito's … [Read more...] about UrbanChat: Pomp, (Power), Pageantry
MANILA, Philippines — For Vico Sotto, there is no better time to challenge the Eusebios—the family that has been in charge of Pasig City for 27 years—than now. “The message was very clear that someone needs to run. If I didn’t run, no one else would’ve run,” Sotto said in an interview on ANC’s “Headstart” in April. So at age 29, Sotto, a candidate for Aksyon Demokatiko, is making a long-shot bid for mayor against the incumbent, Robert “Bobby” Eusebio. He likens his political joust with Eusebio to the biblical David and Goliath story: He does not have the money and machinery of the ruling clan and does not have candidates for vice mayor or councilor under his slate. 'Authentic change' But the bullish Sotto is banking on the Pasigueños’ desire for an authentic change. “Panahon na para baguhin natin ang kultura ng politika sa ating lungsod. Let’s govern with transparency. Bigay natin ng … [Read more...] about #IbaNaman vs continuity: Political ‘payanig’ in Pasig