Here is why the ‘fake news’ scare doesn’t resonate with Filipinos…

Because of the hardship of life in Filipino society – the degree of self-imposition of such hardship is another matter – a few behaviors seem deeply ingrained in the average Filipinos’ psyche: they will take any shortcut possible (even if illegal), they will resort to penny-pinching, and they will easily buy into things whose integrity […]

Why lawyers will always be prominently necessary in the Philippines

Congratulations are in order, of course, for those who passed the recently concluded Philippine Bar exams. This year’s passing rate is about 59%, apparently the highest in the last five years or so. This year’s Top 10 list of Bar examinees has attracted a bit of attention, as none among the prominent universities in Metro […]

Lessons from history about insurgency in the Philippines

Insurgency, rebellion, and separatist movements (Note: I will use these three terms interchangeably.) have always been part and parcel of Philippine history. In this regard, it is no different from other countries and their histories. Successive Philippine governments have had to deal with several of these movements. In the spotlight are the Communist Party of […]

Bridging the divide between Manila and Mindanao

Physically, what separates Luzon and Mindanao, are the Philippine Sea, and the Visayas island group. Modern transportation has enabled this physical distance to be bridged: what was once a several-day sea journey, can also be traversed by a 1-2 hour airplane flight (if you have the money for it, of course). In terms of sentiment, […]

Compromising OPSEC: Philippine media have learned NOTHING ever since the Luneta incident!

Chalk it up to good old fashioned stubbornness on Philippine media’s part, maybe. However, one does not really have to be trained in the military to know what operations security (OPSEC) entails. Though an official definition is rather wordy, the spirit of it is that sensitive, or potentially compromising, information is very carefully handled, so […]

The hypocrisy of condemning Mocha Uson’s appointment to the Duterte government

Mocha Uson elicits a consistently predictable reaction from President Rodrigo Duterte’s critics: disdain. No surprise then that her appointment as part of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) has kept the social media class busy for a while now. The main criticism from the “decent” crowd – private citizens and members of mainstream media included […]

Is the Duterte presidency fated to be a wasted opportunity?

What happens if President Rodrigo Duterte is toppled? Easy. Things revert to the status quo. The Liberal Party (LP) – the no-results, hypocritically decent, group of politicians whom Filipinos have had to bear with for the past thirty years – will be back in power. The drug problem, which has been the cornerstone of Duterte’s […]

The uneasy impasse between LP-tards and Dutertards

Fanaticism on both seemingly “opposite” sides of the political spectrum is something that will never truly be non-existent in any society. The peculiar thing about fanaticism in the Philippine political scene, however, is that it doesn’t have a track record of being rooted in opposite ideologies. Rather, Filipinos have become used to characterizing it as […]