Tag: The Philippines

The Return of The Balangiga Bells is a Victory For Duterte’s Policy of Non-Aligned Multilateralism

The Balangiga Bells return to their rightful owners  In 1901, American soldiers seized the bells of the Church of San Lorenzo de Martir in Balangiga, Eastern Samar, during the violent Philippine-American war. The bells remained on US soil as largely forgotten war trophies although for many Filipinos the long awaited return of […]

The Charter Change Draft Just Passed by The Philippine House Insults The Intelligence of True Reformists

The Philippine House of Representatives just voted in favour of a draft constitutional reform package on its third and final reading. The draft is largely the brainchild of House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and as such, represents a grave disappointment for those who had high hopes for her Speakership. The final vote tally was […]

The Philippine Senate’s Unwillingness to Address Macapagal-Arroyo’s Charter Change is Blessing in Disguise

When she was President of The Philippines, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo spoke about her support for making constitutional reforms that would transform the country from a strong presidential to a parliamentary system. Her political and personal opposition at the time brought about a proverbially brutal end to her attempts to change Philippine governance […]

Lessons For The Philippines: Britain’s Unpopular Prime Minister Insults The Parliamentary Tradition to Escape Failure

While Britain faces the prospect of a Brexit plan that remains deeply unpopular among both pro-EU and anti-EU British voters, one saving grace remains the fact that Britain’s unpopular Prime Minister Theresa May has to face the scrutiny of the Parliamentary House of Commons on a regular basis. Here, she […]