SONA 2014: The cry of a wounded lame duck
Compared to his demeanor when he spoke to the nation defending the constitutionality of the DAP, the President that I saw delivering his SONA is one that is obviously hurting.
The 5th SONA and peace in Mindanao
The 5th SONA will be the balance that will weigh PNoy’s legacy in the peace process whether he is BOLD enough to pursue in words and actions amendments to the Constitution that would pave the way for genuine implementation of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro.
On China, Russia, and the downing of MH17
Now we know that when push comes to shove, China will be on the side of Russia. And so, China’s President Xi Jinping has come to the rescue of beleaguered Russian President Vladimir Putin from the world’s growing condemnation of his alleged role in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over the Kremlin-backed rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine.
Political contestations and argumentum ad hominem
The contentious debates surrounding the DAP is a divisive issue where people who come out to participate in the public discourse are people who carry their own political or personal agenda. Asking someone to account for motive in such a highly politicized, and divisive issue, is a valid political demand.