Aquino’s bad call on DAP

A little diplomacy goes a long way. Photo courtesy of Inquirer.net

President Benigno S. Aquino III’s combative speech defending the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) on national television has elicited mixed reactions. Those from political figures seemed to follow party lines, but reactions in social media tended to be negative. Mr. Aquino, reeling…

China and the politics of corruption.

Disgraced former Politburo members Xu Caihou and Bo Xilai. Photo from Bloomberg.com

After the well-publicized trial of former Politburo member Bo Xilai, another high-ranking official fell from grace. Xu Caihou, heretofore one of the most powerful military officials in China, has been expelled from the Party and will be handed over to a military…