Filipinos shrieking #JusticeForKian are turning Kian Loyd Delos Santos into a sad political agenda

The tragedy that befell 17-year-old Kian Loyd Delos Santos allegedly in the hands of Philippine police officers is truly an outrage. No kid deserves to die that way. And so it is, like in any society that aspires to be a truly just and modern one, imperative that justice be sought for the wrongful death […]

Here’s why ‘accreditation’ of bloggers and social media ‘practitioners’ is a ridiculous idea

Across the political spectrum, Filipinos still completely miss the point of social media and the so-called “free market of ideas” it represents. The latest project of Malacanang allowing “bloggers with a following of more than 5,000 to cover presidential events” is attracting a lot of questions. Unfortunately, true to form, all the questions being asked […]

COMELEC Chairman Andres Bautista is not living up to the ideals of the Ateneo

Thanks to all the messages of support for embattled COMELEC Chairman Andres Bautista over social media, many now know he is an alumnus of the Ateneo de Manila University. As many are aware, the Ateneo is a prestigious private learning institution run by the Society of Jesus or the Jesuits. One wonders then how Bautista’s […]

Filipinos are using Gilas Pilipinas’s win over China to feel like they REALLY won against China

If Filipinos can’t win where it really counts, they will declare themselves winners where it does not count. That’s pretty much the sad space social media “influencers” from the Opposition camp have been playing lately. Following a win chalked up by Team Gilas (the pride of Filipino basketball of the moment) against China in this […]

Filipino feminists like Risa Hontiveros had abandoned Mrs Patricia Bautista

In most modern 21st Century liberal democracies, victims of rape and harassment are encouraged to blow the whistle on their abusers. After all, abusers won’t be punished unless someone points the police and the justice system in the right direction to make resolution happen. Feminists, in particular, are supposedly in full solidarity with their females-in-arms. […]

Andres Bautista’s unexplained wealth is the issue, not his wife’s character

The most baffling thing about this latest circus surrounding revelations that Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Chairman Andres Bautista may have amassed a fortune through “unexplained” means is the muted — and, in some cases, even defensive — response of certain camps in the Opposition. The way the Opposition has rallied around Bautista is not without […]

Sustaining change is more important than sustaining Duterte’s popularity

As many Philippine History teachers and Rizalistas will attest to, the 19th Century writings of “national hero” Jose Rizal still resonate strongly today in the 21st Century. If true that in more than a century, the Philippines has hardly changed, then, indeed, the confronting question is raised: How much change could any one president actually […]

Ozamiz Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog shooting: Justice delivered or crime committed?

Filipinos may be harshly judging the West-of-the-Pecos brand of “justice” meted out to Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog using Starbucks hipsteratti standards today — because that is the easy and politically-correct thing to think and do. But, see, sometimes a bit of thinking outside of the square is called for, specially in this instance when […]