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Greg Macabenta

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Infrastructure boom… or bust?

The usual skeptics have dismissed as pie-in-the-sky the recent announcement concerning the “infrastructure boom” that the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte plans to undertake. According to them, it is wishful thinking to expect the “build, build, build” objective of “Dutertenomics” … Continue reading

April 28, 2017

Defusing the threat of nuclear war

THE current deadly “game of chicken” being undertaken by the U.S., under President Donald Trump, and by North Korea, under its Supreme Leader, Kim Jong-un, isn’t the first time that the world has teetered on the brink of nuclear war. … Continue reading

April 22, 2017

If Duterte can’t be expected to change, perhaps media should

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has accused media, specifically the Philippine Daily Inquirer and ABS-CBN, of being bastos and unfair and, in the process, he sounded just as foul as the objects of his ire. Perhaps it is too much to expect … Continue reading

April 19, 2017

Cigarettes: The macho killers

SOME years ago, I was asked to create an ad campaign to debunk the argument that a non-smoking section in restaurants and other public places could spare non-smokers from the hazards of second-hand smoke. I depicted a public swimming pool … Continue reading

April 11, 2017

Is China using a condom on Duterte?

MY late boss, Tony de Joya, chairman of Adverting & Marketing Associates, had a classic description of a condom: “It gives you a feeling of security while you are being screwed.” I was reminded of this upon reading about the … Continue reading

April 01, 2017

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