Opinion and Commentary

Lauengco: AI deep fakes - technology and politics 2025

July 10, 2024, 12:43 pm

“The intersection of law, politics, and technology is going to force a lot of good thinking.” – Bill Gates A couple of months ago, we raised the alarm on the possibility of AI (artificial intelligence) and deepfake operations being applied to political campaigns. This has now become a… Read More

Zaldarriaga: Pets, not pests

July 9, 2024, 11:43 am

During a recent weekend stroll, I noticed animal feeders for cats strategically positioned across a shopping mall in Makati City – a welcome development that I hope can be mirrored across the country. But while these former strays have luckily found care and shelter, this is sadly not the case… Read More

Lu: Challenges to improving Filipino graduates’ employability

July 8, 2024, 12:00 pm

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. has said: The K–12 curriculum has not effectively improved the employability of Filipino students. The hasty implementation of the K–12 program in 2012 and its full rollout in 2016 with the introduction of senior high school elicited widespread opposition. For… Read More

Samonte: La Mesa Park's emergence as local tourist destination in the 1950s

July 4, 2024, 10:30 am

The reopening to the public of the renovated La Mesa Ecopark in Barangay Greater Lagro, Novaliches, Quezon City last June 29 prompted me to reminisce on how the same place first emerged as a local tourist spot more than 70 years ago. Yes, that park became a favorite destination of excursionists… Read More

Lauengco: Festivals and the mob mentality

July 3, 2024, 9:18 am

“Barbarism is the natural state of mankind. Civilization is unnatural. It is a whim of circumstance. And barbarism must always ultimately triumph.”- Robert E. Howard There is a famous novel penned by a British author named William Golding about a group of British boys who are stranded on an… Read More

Zaldarriaga: Reliable electricity service

July 1, 2024, 2:23 pm

In today’s rapidly advancing world, stable electricity service is perhaps one of the most overlooked basic needs that, surprisingly, remains a scarcity for some. Despite the many technological advancements in our society, it is an unfortunate reality that reliable electricity service remains a… Read More

Lu: A millennium of PH-China relations

June 28, 2024, 12:06 pm

We should not forget that the Philippines and China have a long history of trade and diplomatic ties -- far longer than any other country in the world -- amid the backdrop of souring diplomatic relations over the West Philippine Sea (WPS) issue. To put it bluntly, the relationship between the… Read More

Samonte: The party-list system of elections: Is it beneficial for the people?

June 27, 2024, 1:42 pm

The 48 members of the 1986 Constitutional Commission (Con-Com) appointed by then-President Corazon C. Aquino to draft a new Charter decided to include an entirely new section providing for the development of "a free and open party system according to the free choice of the people." In accordance… Read More

Lauengco: Arbor Day – trees, planning, creative thinking

June 26, 2024, 10:57 am

“The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit. “- Nelson Henderson Last Tuesday was Arbor Day in the Philippines. Though it is celebrated on different dates in other countries, Arbor Day is celebrated every June 25 in the Philippines pursuant to… Read More

Zaldarriaga: Better connectivity

June 25, 2024, 11:16 am

Last week, President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. led the inauguration of a new connector road and the groundbreaking of two more projects designed to significantly improve access and travel between Metro Manila and the Southern Tagalog region. President Marcos Jr. was joined by businessman and… Read More

Lu: A call for diplomacy, unity

June 24, 2024, 11:35 am

The simmering conflict in the West Philippine Sea between our country and China has reached a critical juncture. Reports of aggressive actions by Chinese vessels against Filipino fisherfolk and the Philippine Coast Guard have escalated tensions, raising fears of an unwanted armed conflict that… Read More

Samonte: The rare total solar eclipse in PH on June 20, 1955: A recollection

June 20, 2024, 3:23 pm

Where were you and what was your immediate reaction when the sunlight dimmed and the hot day turned into a few minutes of darkness in the whole Philippines and some other Asian countries on June 20, 1955, or exactly 69 years ago today? A rare astronomical phenomenon called total solar eclipse… Read More

Lauengco: The need to push unpopular but beneficial measures

June 19, 2024, 10:28 am

“The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few” – Spock (Star Trek) Last week, the City Government of Baguio announced a proposal submitted by Metro Pacific Tollway Corp. (MPTC) to implement a congestion fee system in certain parts of the city. Under the scheme, owners of private cars… Read More

Zaldarriaga: Closing the loop

June 18, 2024, 9:53 am

Around a month ago, President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. said the government is hard at work to improve and upgrade the country’s transportation system, even committing to make the Philippines a “leader in smart and sustainable transportation.” While the Philippines still has a long way to go… Read More

Lu: Stop violence against children

June 17, 2024, 8:55 am

Violence against children remains a critical issue globally, with the Philippines being no exception. The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) estimates that three out of five Filipino children experience violent discipline. On a larger scale, of the 33.4 million… Read More

Lauengco: Linus security blanket and the West PH Sea

June 12, 2024, 11:29 am

“It is not so much that we are afraid of change but it is that place in between that we fear… It is Linus when his blanket is in the dryer. There is nothing to hold onto.” - Marilyn Ferguson In the widely popular Peanuts comic strips written and drawn by Charles Schulz which featured Snoopy… Read More

Zaldarriaga: Kite-flying and public safety

June 10, 2024, 6:02 pm

Rapid urbanization has changed the way we do many of our activities including favorite pastimes such as playing in the streets and kite-flying. Just a few months ago, a boy reportedly sustained severe injuries after he tried on his own to retrieve a kite that got stuck in an overhead powerline.… Read More

Lauengco: The clock is ticking. Should we go nuclear?

June 5, 2024, 12:42 pm

“Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing.” – Warren Buffet For the past few weeks, occasional brownouts have plagued many areas in the country, including Metro Manila and neighboring provinces. On Tuesday, the Manila Electric Company (MERALCO) announced that rotational power… Read More

Zaldarriaga: Insights from the private sector

June 4, 2024, 2:17 pm

With the Philippines working to become an upper middle-income economy in the coming years, the vital role the private sector plays in the pursuit of this goal is further highlighted as a pillar of growth and a driver of innovation. The private sector generates 93 percent of the Philippines’… Read More

Lu: The importance of Philippine mangroves

May 31, 2024, 9:16 am

This situation is truly alarming. A report by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) stated that half of the world’s mangrove ecosystems are at risk of collapse due to climate change. The IUCN, known for its Red List of threatened species, has now highlighted the threat to… Read More