Joseph Estrada

The bald truth

Manila has three rich sources of information - coffee shops, taxi drivers and beauty salons. And so, during quarterly perms, I make it a point to chat up my favourite hair stylist, whose identity I will hide under the alias 'Danny', for reasons you will soon learn.

Thursday, 23 October, 2003, 12:00am

On a roll

Very soon, the luscious fruits from Mindanao will compete with American apples and oranges in the markets of Manila. These fruits from the southern Philippines, along with beef and chicken, may soon be cheaper, thanks to the shipping lanes for roll-on, roll-off (RoRo) vessels opened by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

19 Jun 2003 - 12:00am

Short-term politics

The politician who ousted Joseph Estrada two years ago after just 30 months in office may have inadvertently shortened the six-year shelf life of a Philippine president.

23 Jan 2003 - 12:00am

GDP growth beats estimates

The economy grew 3.4 per cent last year thanks to robust performances in the agricultural and service sectors, which offset weaker exports and sluggish manufacturing, officials said.

1 Feb 2002 - 12:00am

Voters squandered valuable opportunity

I refer to the letter from Joey Rodriguez headlined 'Heroic Estrada' (South China Morning Post, May 11).

28 May 2001 - 12:00am

Heroic Estrada

It looks as though the rich and powerful have finally got their way now that Joseph Estrada is behind bars.

11 May 2001 - 12:00am

Common response to an illegitimate government

The present political crisis in the Philippines is very much part of a sad and continuing saga of illegitimate governments.

In this current situation I see a number of major issues which must be examined and resolved.

6 May 2001 - 12:00am

Streets of strife

There are similarities in the woes which beset Indonesia and the Philippines. In both cases, there was deep dissatisfaction with the performance of their elected leaders and a mounting economic crisis.

1 May 2001 - 12:00am

After the euphoria . . .

In politics the euphoria of celebration must inevitably be followed by the more mundane issues of the moment. The wild scenes of jubilation in Manila after the collapse of Joseph Estrada's presidency will draw comparison with those that marked the end of the Ferdinand Marcos era 15 years ago, a ruler also removed from office by people power.

21 Jan 2001 - 12:00am

Endgame for Estrada

Precisely how the presidency of Joseph Estrada will come to an end was not entirely clear early today, but it appears he will leave office and perhaps his country by May at the latest.

20 Jan 2001 - 12:00am

Chase gives Philippines bearish view

Beleaguered Philippine stocks are unlikely to get much joy from the economy next year, according to Chase Manhattan Bank.

Growth is expected to slow from this quarter onwards on the global slowdown in demand for electronics, a key export for the Philippines.

18 Dec 2000 - 12:00am

Philippines under trial

Guillermo Luz, executive director at Makati Business Club, is a worried man. The senior official from one of the Philippines' leading forums for business says the economy is being badly hurt by the impeachment crisis that has enveloped the administration of President Joseph Estrada.

5 Dec 2000 - 12:00am

How Estrada saved the day

This week's award for getting it the wrong way round goes to Philippine economic planning secretary Felipe Medalla who says that he would bet his salary on 4 per cent economic growth for his country this year were it not for certain political events.

30 Nov 2000 - 12:00am

Church and rich lead attacks on Estrada

Much mud had been flung at Philippines President Joseph Estrada. This vilification is not entirely justified. Mr Estrada is a populist and his concern for the downtrodden is well known to me personally. There are numerous instances where he has visited the needy and sick.

16 Nov 2000 - 12:00am

Time running out

EMBATTLED Philippines President Joseph Estrada appears increasingly to be a leader with out a political future. Each day brings more desertions from the ruling coalition, to the extent that an impeachment of the President is now certain.

5 Nov 2000 - 12:00am