Is it right for Filipinos to spam-vote Duterte into the @TIME 100 Most Influential list?

Filipinos are once again spam-voting a compatriot into the pages of a major Western media outlet. This follows the tradition of how Efren Penaflorida got on the CNN Heroes list and how the Palawan Underground River got listed as one of “the new seven wonders of nature”. Filipinos have a vast resource in the form […]

How @rapplerdotcom triggered the decline of journalism in the Philippines

It’s the buzz of the week. Manila Times columnist Rigoberto ‘Bobi’ Tiglao and Rappler are at war. It started with Tiglao’s eye-opening revelations on the sloppy — and borderline fraudulent — reporting by Rappler on the issue of the so-called “extrajudicial killings” (EJKs) supposedly running rampant in the Philippines. In How Rappler misled EU, Human […]

Leni Robredo epitomises the deep impoverishment of Philippine society

You made your bed. Now you have to lie on it. This is the underlying principle that guides whether or not “vice president” Leni Robredo was right to get onto the world stage to shriek about the “horrors” of the “extrajudicial killings” (EJKs) going on in the Philippines. The EJKs (whatever way it is defined) […]

Inquirer writer Jacqueline Arias picks tweets to “prove” Filipinos hate Bongbong Marcos

According to Inquirer Lifestyle writer Jacqueline Arias, people are “not happy” with Isabelle Daza’s latest video in her series “Haters Gonna Hate” posted on Facebook. In her article “Isabelle Daza’s Latest Video Features Sen. Bongbong Marcos, and People Aren’t Happy” published on the “Preen” section of the Inquirer, Arias asserts that Marcos is a generally-reviled […]

Has the Philippines EVER been truly a country FOR Filipinos?

Think about it. The Philippines is named after a Spanish king. Its current sovereign territory was one defined by its Spanish colonial masters. Its current state religion is an imperial legacy of the Spanish Inquisition — an epic geno-“evangelisation” of an entire native culture by colonial forces. Then the “Philippines” became an American colony at […]

Outrage over Leni Robredo’s bimbo antics offer opportunities that require clear minds to exploit

Filipinos are up in arms following “vice president” Leni Robredo’s monumental gaffe of a video to the United Nations in which she painted the Philippines as a failed state and made statements just short of inviting foreign agents to intervene in her country’s domestic affairs. Indeed, for a purported “vice president” to suggest that her […]

Today’s “fake news” is revenge for 30 years of Yellow lies and hypocrisy

According to the Inquirer Editor, camps aligned (loosely or tightly) with the Philippines’ Opposition are “fighting back”. Leading this “fight”, they claim, is “vice president” Leni Robredo who has seemingly taken it up upon herself to serve as the Opposition’s mouthpiece from within Malacanang. Robredo’s jump-off point for this new “assault” on “fake news” and […]

Old colonial scars revealed: The presumptuous diplomatic row over the Madam Secretary circus

Filipinos have long been known for their inability to distinguish between real life and reel life. Theirs is a society, after all, that elects showbiz politicians to power on the basis of the achievements their fictional characters win on screen. Thus it is hardly surprising that a diplomatic row would erupt over a recent fictional […]