A response to the question “What have you done for the country?”

“What have you done for the country?” That was the last question a former friend and colleague asked me before he blocked me on social networking site Facebook. I didn’t even get the chance to answer because he already muted me. I thought it was such a lame question anyway. I was shocked he would […]

What happens to Filipinos when they can no longer “make sumbong”?

There is something to be said about Filipinos and their ability to engage opponents fairly. In a fair engagement, you recognize the situation and the position you’re currently in, and assess them. You discuss possible options. You recall your strengths and weaknesses, and how to use the former for leverage, and how to best minimize […]

Attacking Mocha Uson only makes her stronger and her influence more powerful

There’s a rare level of dimwittedness involved in coming up with — and actually implementing — the idea of petitioning the shutdown of Mocha Uson’s Facebook page. The backfire and fallout from this quaint project all but proved just how fragmented the Opposition is today. Even die-hard characters in the Yellow Camp refused to sign […]

Remembering the Heroes of the Martial Law Era

“As of the twenty-third of this month, I signed Proclamation Number 1081 placing the entire Philippines under martial law” said President Ferdinand E. Marcos on that famous television broadcast 44 years ago today, September 23. Before the declaration of martial law, the country was in a state of upheaval. It was the middle of the […]

Manila’s gated communities should be opened to public access to alleviate traffic

Gated communities, like jeepneys, are stopgap measures that became institutionalised and so ingrained in the national psyche that, as we see in the general tone of the debate surrounding this issue, people simply find it next to impossible to comprehend the cancerous nature of their existence. They are legacies of a succession of weak and […]

Opposition to Marcos burial at Libingan ng mga Bayani founded on hate rather than reason

After suffering their biggest defeat in Mar Roxas’s loss in the 2016 elections and the ascent of President Rodrigo Duterte to the presidency comes another blow to anti-Marcos activists. The burial of former President Ferdinand E Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes’ Burial Grounds) looms imminent. Despite this burial of a once-hated historical […]

The REAL reason why killing is easy in the Philippines

“Human rights” is the current rallying cry of the Philippines’ “civil society” today. This renewed interest is backdropped by the noticeable escalation in the number of homicide cases reported in the media recently which, activists allege, can be traced back to words of encouragement supposedly issued by no less than President Rodrigo Duterte himself. So […]

Ferdinand E. Marcos deserves a burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani

In a few months, we will finally see the burial of President Ferdinand E. Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, 27 years after the late president’s death. This is one of the first major national policies of President Rodrigo R. Duterte. And in deciding to allow the Marcos burial in the Heroes’ Cemetery, President […]