Author Archives: Leo Alejandrino

About Leo Alejandrino

The blog is principally a commentary on Philippine politics and economics.

PDAF: A Hoax Too Big To Fail

The country is apoplectic over the pork scam. Despite the prayers of politicians, this one is not going away. Real estate magnate Janet Napoles fuelled the buzz with her surreal (and unintelligible) Inquirer interview. What was she thinking, that she … Continue reading

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On Coal Trading And Others

It’s amazing what coal trading can do for you. Or so is the claim of the lady with the aristocratically hyphenated family name now on the no-fly zone of Senators and Representatives. The business has allowed her to live her … Continue reading

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Follow The Money

Pork Barrel: Granting of funds to legislators for their projects. Bathtub: Place to store one’s share of pork barrel.                                          —o—  The stench from rotting pork is nauseating. There is the P10 billion in ghost projects financed by the … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a SONA

Every President has a SONA template. This way he does not have to reinvent the wheel year after year. This is President Aquino’s template: Set the stage- Check. The President establishes the proceedings with the question: Why are we here? … Continue reading

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SONA 2013

Mr. Vice President, Senate President, Speaker of the House, members of the Diplomatic Corps, my colleagues in Government, my countrymen, good afternoon. The Constitution mandates I, as President, present to you the state of the nation for the year just … Continue reading

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Memo To Myself

Subject: State of the Nation Address Darn, the SONA thing is due next week. What do I say? With three years to go Filipinos want to know my vision of the finish line. I need an overarching theme. I could … Continue reading

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A Tale Of Two Cities

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” – Charles Dickens                                                 -0- On July 22 President Aquino will deliver his State of the Nation address. In fact the SONA is a tale of two nations: … Continue reading

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Three Years Later

I re-publish a piece I wrote 3 years ago, a week before the Presidential election. Has any of it come to pass? May 6 2010 Reasons To Vote (Or Not) For Noynoy It is not sure that the Philippines can … Continue reading

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Could We Be Next?

It all started inauspiciously. In Turkey it was the conversion of a park into a mall. In Brazil it was the equivalent of a four peso increase in bus fares. In Indonesia, it was relatively more grave, the withdrawal of … Continue reading

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Could We Fall In Love With The Liberal Party?

There are brands and there are great brands. Apple, Lululemon and Singapore Airlines are great brands. Great brands are a romantic notion. They are a love affair between product and consumer. They inspire loyalty and affection. They are cool and … Continue reading

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