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Shades of grey: Does the case against Senator De Lima really stack up?

Jailed senator Leila de Lima is a divisive figure — opinions about her are rarely in any shade of grey. Supporters of Duterte’s administration tend to paint her as the black widow of the drug trade, while her own backers consider her a Snow White of righteous resistance. According to current opinion…


Bramovich: Duterte’s war on everything

I was thinking this morning about all the things Duterte hates and I’ve realised he’s “gone to war” on an impressive list of ills since he came to power. He’s publicly attacked the media. He’s locked horns with the Americans. He’s gone up against the EU, his own cabinet, drugs,…



Philhealth gouges foreigners – premiums to rise steeply

As I’m sure many expats have heard by now, those of us who are taking advantage of local rates for Philhealth are about to have our premiums go up. Rather significantly. No more are we going to get away with a few hundred pesos per quarter, a price worth paying,…



Bramovich: A raucous romp through the global news

I was going on one of my trips down memory lane this morning. Once a month or so I engage in an unfettered gluttonous indulgence in the news from some of the countries I’ve lived in over the last few years. It never ceases to amaze me how cultural norms…



Bramovich: Caveat emptor, gentlemen

After waking up this morning, sitting down at my computer with a cup of coffee and seeing yet another accusatory expatriate stoush occurring in one of the myriad Facebook groups where keyboard warriors type before they think, I came up with an idea for a column. The particular vitriolic rant…