Tag Archives: Philippine politics

Cronyism and the ‘padrino’ system: what they do to the Philippine’s political and business culture, and how to get rid of them


Cronyism and the ubiquitous padrino (patronage) system describe an economy in which certain business people and government officials maintain a close relationship, resulting in favoritism in the allocation of government contracts, permits, grants, benefits, etc. In its more despicable form, … Continue reading

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Self-styled executioner, blabber-mouth Rodrigo ‘Digong’ Duterte might – after all – be good for the Filipino people


In a previous post (Why Filipinos must not. . . , Feb. 16, 2016), I suggested that Philippine presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte was “an egomaniac who believes himself to be above the law” and whose “delusions of personal greatness will … Continue reading

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Why Filipinos must not elect Duterte or Binay – two men who may bring ruin to a country struggling to emerge from a culture of political lawlessness, graft, and corruption


The past six years saw the Philippines recuperating from decades of failed leadership, mismanagement, and plundering. Public officials high and low have been charged with graft, corruption, and plunder – and dozens upon dozens of them have been removed and … Continue reading

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End of a political dynasty: unbridled government corruption, thievery gets a beating in the Philippines


Kleptocracy and the Binay political dynasty received a severe beating in the Philippines when the country’s Ombudsman – an officer with extraordinary powers to fight and eliminate graft and corruption in public office – ordered the “permanent dismissal” and perpetual … Continue reading

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Harry Stonehill: enterprise helped him build a business empire, recklessness and lack of political finesse brought it all down


I remember Harry S. Stonehill. In his final months as a powerful and sometimes feared businessman in the Philippines, I would meet with him at his Magsaysay Building office in Ermita where we plotted PR campaigns aimed at curbing the … Continue reading

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Options for Filipinos in their 2016 elections: more good government or the validation of corrupt political dynasties


The Philippines and the Filipino people are at a crossroads of their political destiny. Their 2016 elections offer the Filipino people an opportunity to continue a program of rebuilding a political system patterned after the US government and purging it … Continue reading

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