‘Siguradong sahod’ to substantially reduce poverty

IF I WERE THE NEXT PRESIDENT (Part 3 of a series) By BEN R. PUNONGBAYAN Founder, Buklod National Political Party If I were the next President, my overarching program is to substantially reduce poverty. There are several aspects to this great undertaking. I will deal first with what I call providing “Siguradong Sahod” to a targeted … More ‘Siguradong sahod’ to substantially reduce poverty

Containing COVID-19

IF I WERE THE NEXT PRESIDENT  (Part 2 of a series) By BEN R. PUNONGBAYAN Founder, Buklod National Political Party As President, I will devote my whole six-year term to provide a much more effective, efficient, decisive and widely focused national leadership with the primary objective of transforming the Filipino nation into a fair, just, equitable … More Containing COVID-19

Protection of Philippine Rights on the West Philippine Sea

IF I WERE THE NEXT PRESIDENT… By BEN R. PUNONGBAYAN Founder, Buklod National Political Party (First of a series) As President, I will devote my whole six-year term to transform Philippine governance and Philippine society into an inclusive, fair and shared economy. The centerpiece and overarching program of that transformation will be the substantial reduction, if … More Protection of Philippine Rights on the West Philippine Sea

If I were the next President, what would you do with the West Philippine Sea?

Photo Credit: Wikimedia.org. The Chinese on the West Philippine Sea is a very hot topic in the Philippines right now. With the election coming in 2022, President Duterte is under pressure to defend his stand on China’s ignoring the 2016 Arbitral victory of the Philippines. In Philippine law, the West Philippine Sea refers only to … More If I were the next President, what would you do with the West Philippine Sea?

Iloilo – The Heart of the Philippines

Iloilo City, the capital of Iloilo province, is on the southeast coast of Panay, the Ilonggos or Hiligaynons’ homeland. Iloilo City is on the Iloilo River’s wide mouth, which juts out into the Guimaras Strait. The offshore Guimaras Island shelters it. Iloilo is one of the country’s loveliest Spanish colonial settlements. Iloilo City is a … More Iloilo – The Heart of the Philippines

The Provisional Recon Platoon – Spearhead of the Los Banos Raid

I was just reading Pacific Paratrooper’s blog by GP Cox when I saw the farewell salutes. One of them is Terry Santos. I remember the name from the Los Baños rescue mission. I searched my archives and I saw this article by Terry Santos himself about that raid. I’m reprinting it in his memory. Two … More The Provisional Recon Platoon – Spearhead of the Los Banos Raid

Food for Thought – Why the Philippines have Ineffective Government Leadership

  Ayala Avenue, Makati Photo Credit – Patrickroque01@English Wikipedia A friend of mine, Benjamin R. Punongbayan, the founder of Punongbayan and Araullo, one of the largest accounting firms in the Philippines and founder of Buklod National Political Party, spoke at a virtual book launching event recently. He gave some insights on why the Philippines have … More Food for Thought – Why the Philippines have Ineffective Government Leadership

People of Cordillera Mountains Show the World that We Heal as One.

  Photo Courtesy || Gabino P. Ganggangan @ DSWD – CAR   I saw this on the Baguio City Facebook page and it is a must share to show the world of how compassionate and considerate Cordillerans are. At a time when the world is suffering from COVID-19 and everyone is worried about their lives … More People of Cordillera Mountains Show the World that We Heal as One.

Jeepney – A symbol of Filipino Ingenuity

    At the end of WWII, with public transport virtually nonexistent, the U.S. Army released surplus jeeps, and enterprising Filipinos converted them into passenger vehicles called Jeepney by lengthening the bodies. Garishly colored jeepneys are as essential and ubiquitous in the Philippines as double-decker buses are in London. The jeepney gets you everywhere you … More Jeepney – A symbol of Filipino Ingenuity