Thailand’s Political Turmoil and its Rice Scheme Crisis

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By Gabriel Pila and Aaron M. Tanyag At the heart of the crisis in Thailand is the severe division between the National Democratic Alliance against Dictatorship party (Red-shirts) and the People’s Alliance for Democracy (Yellow-shirts). The Red-shirts are avid supporters of Thaksin Shinawatra, former Prime Minister of Thailand, and maintain that he improved the conditions […]

Remembering Ninoy

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By Robbin Dagle, Benjamin Ngan, and Gabriel Schulze In an interview a day before his flight to Manila, Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr. showed the bulletproof vest he would be wearing upon his arrival. He conceded that the vest cannot do anything to prevent a fatal head shot. “In a matter of three, four minutes […]

A Briefing on the DAP

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By Vanessa Siy Van With the recent court hearings on the misallocation of government funds in the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam, another case has been put under the national spotlight. The Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) has been ruled by the Supreme Court as partially unconstitutional last July 1, 2014. This led President Aquino […]

Eurozone Update

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By Kyle N. Mitschiener & Vanessa Siy Van In October of 2009, the Finance Minister of Greece revealed that the country had been mishandling its budget. What followed was a near collapse of the entire European economic system – a financial crisis of a severity not witnessed since the Second World War. The problem began […]