article placeholder

Philippines + Scandal = Life Goes On

Despite days of protest and feeble echoes of "people power" aimed at toppling ever-besieged President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo over a multi-million dollar scandal, a deep feeling exists that...
article placeholder

The Arroyo Imbroglio in the Philippines

Paul D. Hutchcroft, professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, has written extensively on Philippine politics. He is author of Booty Capitalism: The Politics of Banking...
article placeholder

Philippine ‘Coup’ a Putsch of the Absurd

The plan was to topple the government, but the third failed coup attempt against Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo turned into another comic-opera failure by a dwindling band of angry soldiers, doing little more than score additional poi...
article placeholder

Chinese Money Meets Filipino Politics

The headline-grabbing scandal roiling Manila these days over an allegedly bribe-laden nationwide broadband network contract signed between the Philippine government and China's Zhong Xing Tele...
article placeholder

Estrada to Hear the Verdict

On Wednesday, September 12, the biggest and most celebrated trial in the Philippines since the murder of Benigno Aquino in 1983 will come to a close, and the fate of deposed President Joseph “Erap” Estrada will be revealed, sort of.&nbs...
article placeholder

Volcanic Pleasures

One day half a million years or so ago, a 5,500-meter volcano on Luzon in the Philippines exploded with what must have been a tremendous bang, throwing volcanic debris all the way to where Manila sprawls...
article placeholder

Korea Invades the Philippines

They came without warning, trickling in almost unnoticed until there were too many to ignore. It seemed, all of a sudden, that South Koreans were practically everywhere in the Philippines – in malls, ...
article placeholder

Philippine Elections: More of the Same

Photo by Hersley Ven-Casero  A career in show business used to be a sure ticket to landing a job as an elected servant of the people in the Philippines. Judging from the results of the recent mid-term elections, surer preparation fo...
article placeholder

A Killing Season

  It's harvest time in Central Luzon, freshly picked grain dries on the highway, wai...