WANTED: OFW PRESIDENT

MILLIONS of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their families are silently keeping a closer look at who among the current presidential aspirants could stand up and speak for their rights and welfare. At present, there are only three aspirants who have publicly declared their intention to seek the highest political position of the land come…

Terrorists in our midst

AT long last, the dreaded Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) is officially a terrorist organization, thus paving the way for the Philippine government to run after not only the leaders and members of the notorious kidnap-for-ransom but also their financiers and supporters. The declaration of ASG as a terrorist group by a Regional Trial Court in…

Fight not over yet for OFWs

Although he had already apologized to millions of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) for what he called a “misunderstanding” created by the Bureau of Customs’ (BOC) new policy towards balikbayan boxes, BOC Commissioner Alberto Lina is not yet off the hook. This is so because some representatives of the OFW groups are divided on the issue…

Practical Guide to 2016 Election

Running a political campaign is a serious business. The professionalization — or some call it Americanization — of electoral campaign and coverage has been a subject of careful empirical study. We need to put some science in the way we conduct and cover elections because we can no longer rely on guerilla-type campaign workers. Learn…

Celebrating Ople Center’s 11th anniversary

I’m honored to be part of the Ople team which is composed of wonderful and talented people. I don’t remember any single day spent at the Office without any heartfelt laugh. It may be a small NGO alright but it surely has a big heart for the OFWs. Kudos to the former and present members…