Nice try, Florin Hilbay

In a democracy, we can all theoretically push ideas and changes we want to see happen. It is with this kind of ideal in mind, that I read thru Florin Hilbay’s recommendation to create (yet another) government body called the ‘Institute for the Integrity of Information”. Hilbay says: “The way to counter-balance government disinformation is […]

Galit sa Gulay – A Case Study

Suppose I wanted to invest in a fancy, money-losing carinderia–Aling Maria’s Carinderia. I can either lend it money i.e. invest in its DEBT (in which case I become a creditor), or buy its shares i.e. invest in its EQUITY (in which case I become a pro-rata owner). Hmm, ano kaya? I really want to invest […]

Mambo Duterte or Huling El Bimbo?  

It does not help that you think I’m a blind follower, an apologist, a rude and crude supporter of a bloodthirsty maniac. You think I am a troll. Worse, you suspect I am a paid troll, or even, a bot. For how can anyone in their right mind support such a foul-mouthed monster?  On the […]

Blame It On Yaya

Let’s admit it. We’re soft. By we, I am talking about us urban middle class and upper-middle class Filipinos. There are many reasons for this, all imbedded in Philippine culture. I submit some obvious ones for your consideration: 1) Growing up with maids – From birth, we have relied on our poorer countrymen to literally […]

Friends, Filipinos, Countrymen, Lend Me Your Ears

Those of us who were expecting flaming oratory during President Duterte’s first major speech were a bit disappointed for sure. For me, it was the disappointment of what might have been. Especially since there was no absence of moving lines and quotable quotes in the text of the speech. For example, “And the Filipino, disciplined, […]

The Lost Translation of Rodrigo Duterte

All this anxiety and hand-wringing in certain groups about a Duterte presidency is becoming OA (overacting and whiny). Yes, I am speaking to those of you who actually think that the Philippines will suddenly descend into The Killing Fields, not those who are sowing fear for political motives (we all know you are the real […]

Confessions in the lead up to the 2016 Philippine elections

It has been a year since I started writing under a pseudonym. My main impetus was really to be able to talk freely and participate in online political discussions. When you have friends and family who currently or previously worked in government, it is more considerate to go by an alias when you are airing […]