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Recent articles by Christian:

Are Filipinos less free under Duterte?

A recent Social Weather Stations survey showed free expression remained “very strong” under Duterte, but journalism professor Danilo Arao said “it’s a different matter altogether when you look at the state of the press.” → Read More

P250 million lost during lotto shutdown: PCSO

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) is now working to plug leaks in other gaming operations, including a strict audit of the Small Town Lottery (STL), which is suspected of being used as a legal cover for “jueteng.” → Read More

Federalism not dead as Duterte sets national forum: interior exec

President Rodrigo Duterte is set to jumpstart his federalism project with a national convention next month, an interior official said Tuesday, dispelling speculations that the chief executive was no longer keen on restructuring Philippine government. → Read More

Duterte son flexes political muscle as Cayetano bags speakership

The President's son, Paolo, nominated Cayetano for speaker with a warning: The speaker is expected to step down after 15 months. → Read More

With record-high popularity, can Duterte bulldoze new charter in last 3 years?

By all indications, the 74-year-old leader, backed by clear majorities in both chambers of Congress, is expected to deliver on the remaining items in his legislative agenda — a new constitution and the rest of his tax reform package, among others. → Read More

Crushed in May polls, Estrada eyes political comeback

Asked if he was retiring from politics for good, Estrada said in jest: “Drama lang.” → Read More

3 years later, did Duterte quash Philippines' legal win vs China?

The UN-backed tribunal's ruling remains a “paper victory,” said maritime lawyer Jay Batongbacal, largely because of the Duterte administration’s decision to set it aside in exchange for improved economic ties with China. → Read More

Martial law victims’ lawyer eyes settlement with Duterte over $41-M Marcos assets

The American lawyer of martial law victims is seeking an audience with President Rodrigo Duterte for a settlement on $41 million in assets recovered from the family of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos in the US. → Read More

China’s sea militia fingerprint seen in Reed Bank sinking

The sinking of a Filipino fishing boat at Reed Bank has raised fears it might be the handiwork of Beijing’s pesky maritime militia, a crucial component of its sea force asserting its sweeping claims over the South China Sea. → Read More

'Unbundled' federalism pushed to save Duterte’s campaign promise

'Unbundling' the package of reforms contained in Duterte’s federalism project may still convince a wary public to give it a try, said political science professor Julio Teehankee. → Read More

Behind jockeying for legislative committees, a proxy war among power brokers

Political loyalties and business interests work behind the scenes as newly-elected lawmakers choose the chairpersons of different committees. → Read More

Public pressure sought to flush political dynasties out of party-list system

MANILA - Political dynasties kept tight control of the party-list system following the May elections, raising fears it would be even more difficult to overhaul an electoral system originally designed for the poor and the marginalized. → Read More

Sara Duterte ‘kingmaker’ with mean right hook in search for next House speaker

President Rodrigo Duterte’s daughter, credited for orchestrating last year’s House coup that toppled its leader, has emerged as a major power broker in the search for the next speaker. → Read More

How infighting, lean bench caused Estrada dynasty downfall

Simultaneous defeats in last week’s midterm elections stunned former President Joseph Estrada’s family, bringing the curtain down on the political dynasty he steadily built and expanded over 5 decades. → Read More

Manila reclamation projects to go through ‘eye of a needle’: Moreno

Incoming Mayor Isko Moreno said Tuesday he would order a strict review of multibillion-peso reclamation projects lined up in the Philippine capital city over concerns they would trigger flooding and destroy the environment. → Read More

Giant-slayers warned vs ‘temptation’ of building own political dynasty

A fresh wave of young leaders comes every so often in Philippine politics, much like those that brought down some of the most well-entrenched political clans in Metro Manila in last Monday’s midterm elections. → Read More

Jinggoy hails Nancy, mocks half-brother JV in battle for 12th spot

Former Sen. Jinggoy Estrada on Thursday conceded defeat in the senatorial election, but threw shade at his half-brother who was still vying for the 12th spot. → Read More

Estrada 'at a loss' after crushing defeat in Manila, San Juan

Estrada, 82, lost in his own barangay in Manila’s fourth district, suggesting an emphatic rejection from his own neighbors. → Read More

Ex-scavenger beats ex-president: Moreno in, Estrada out as Manila mayor

Moreno’s victory, aided by the last-minute backing of 2 influential religious sects, nipped Estrada’s emerging dynasty in this city, which began with the former president’s first mayoral win here in 2013. → Read More

Estrada casts vote, hits critics of family’s dynasty

Estrada, 82, insisted there was no such thing as a political dynasty, arguing that he and his family had been elected in free elections. → Read More