Talking ‘globalization’ at the local level

  • Philippines hits back at Beijing over South China Sea

    Philippines hits back at Beijing over South China Sea

    AFP News
    Philippines hits back at Beijing over South China Sea

    The Philippines on Saturday shot back at Beijing's criticism of its activities in the South China Sea, saying they were "in no way comparable to China's massive reclamation activities" in the waters. It also said accusations that Manila was being "hypocritical" would not distract people from Beijing's own actions which were raising regional tensions. "The Philippines' possible undertaking of necessary maintenance and repairs on its existing facilities in the West Philippine Sea... is in no …

  • Boxing hero Pacquiao is top tax-payer in Philippines: govt

    Boxing hero Pacquiao is top tax-payer in Philippines: govt

    AFP News
    Boxing hero Pacquiao is top tax-payer in Philippines: govt

    Boxing hero Manny Pacquiao, who faces his biggest fight against unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather, already holds top spot as the number one taxpayer in the Philippines, government records showed Saturday. A list of top individual tax-payers for 2013, posted on the Bureau of Internal Revenue website, put the boxer-turned-congressman at number one with 163.84 million pesos ($3.72 million) in taxes paid. Internal revenue chief Kim Henares confirmed that Pacquiao topped the list but stressed …

  • Philippines says China rushing construction in disputed sea

    Philippines says China rushing construction in disputed sea

    Associated Press
    Philippines says China rushing construction in disputed sea

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines' top diplomat said Thursday that China has been rushing construction projects, including massive land reclamation, in the disputed South China Sea in hopes of forestalling any legal moves against its vast territorial claims. …

  • San Lorenzo, Boca Juniors win in Argentine 1st division

    Associated Press

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Rodrigo Mora scored a late goal on Sunday to lift defending champion River Plate to a 3-2 victory at Gimnasia in Argentina's first division. …

  • Developers prepare for new rules and regulations

    Developers prepare for new rules and regulations

    Property24 Philippines
    Developers prepare for new rules and regulations

    Known as the "Subdivision and Condominium Buyers' Protective Decree," Presidential Decree No. 957 issued two sets of revised implementing rules and regulations (IRRs) earlier in 2015. A bill initiated by former President Ferdinand Marcos in 1976, the decree and its most recent amendments were designed to "protect buyers from fraudulent and unscrupulous subdivision and condominium sellers, operators and developers," according to the explanatory note that accompanied the bill in its senate …

Video by Lucille Sodipe, VERA Files

Cebu City--One test of leadership is the ability to connect and communicate with people, even making local voters understand global issues.

Dr. Prospero "Popoy" de Vera, a public administration professor at the University of the Philippines Diliman, told the story of a presidential candidate in 1998.

The candidate, he said, wanted then to talk about globalization during forums. "Sabi ko (I said), you can talk until you are hoarse, and your voice goes out—nobody understands globalization at the local level," De Vera related.

Their strategy to help the candidate was to arrange a meeting with a small group of experts. In the marathon meetings, which were held every week, notes were taken in what De Vera said was "a conscious effort to simplify concepts into words understandable at the local level."

By the time the candidate appeared in a radio program, he was better equipped than one rival to talk about the issue, said De Vera. The candidate won.

(De Vera’s lecture is one of a series of discussions for VERA Files’ Vote 2013: In-Depth Reporting on the 2013 Elections held in Cebu from November 26-29, 2012. VERA Files is put out by senior journalists taking a deeper look at current issues. Vera is Latin for true.)

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  • Developers prepare for new rules and regulations
    Developers prepare for new rules and regulations

    Known as the "Subdivision and Condominium Buyers' Protective Decree," Presidential Decree No. 957 issued two sets of revised implementing rules and regulations (IRRs) earlier in 2015. A bill initiated by former President Ferdinand Marcos in 1976, the decree and its most recent amendments were designed to "protect buyers from fraudulent and unscrupulous subdivision and condominium sellers, operators and developers," according to the explanatory note that accompanied the bill in its senate …

  • Tsunami warning after Papua New Guinea hit by 7.5 quake
    Tsunami warning after Papua New Guinea hit by 7.5 quake

    A 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Papua New Guinea on Monday, US seismologists said, with "hazardous" tsunami waves possible in areas near the epicentre although no major damage was immediately reported. The quake hit at a depth of 33 kilometres (20 miles), some 55 kilometres from the nearest city of Kokopo on New Britain island and 787 kilometres from the capital Port Moresby, the United States Geological Survey said. "Based on all available data... hazardous tsunami waves …

  • ‘Get SAF 44 killers before BBL passage’
    ‘Get SAF 44 killers before BBL passage’

    Lawmakers are demanding the arrest of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighters involved in the killing of 44 policemen in Mamasapano before the approval of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in Congress. Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, chairman of the 75-member ad hoc committee in the House of Representatives deliberating on the BBL, prodded the Department of Justice (DOJ) to speed up its investigation and file charges against the MILF guerrillas as the Aquino administration …

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