Meeting the parents: #JusticeForKian no longer lies with Duterte’s critics

The problem with how president Rodrigo Duterte’s critics have approached opposition to the anti-drug campaign is that they assert a few things that they have yet to prove a definitive causal link to: a) that the killings are state-sanctioned, and; b) that Duterte himself has encouraged impunity. So when the death of the young Kian […]

#JusticeForKian campaign outed as a sham after Duterte meeting with Kian’s parents

Suffice to say, news that that the parents of the late Kian delos Santos, Saldy and Lorenza, met with President Rodrigo Duterte in Malacanang knocked the wind right out of the sails of an Opposition campaign to demonise the Philippine leader. A tweet fielded by a certain JR Castillo encapsulates the collective dismay of a […]

Risa Hontiveros could be guilty of illegal detention and witholding evidence from the police!

According to this Inquirer report, Senator Risa Hontiveros, “with the help of an institution”, took custody of the family of Kian Delos Santos who was allegedly killed by police officers in a botched anti-drug operation. According to the same report, “witnesses” to this killing were also taken by Hontiveros’s office. It seems Hontiveros, in so […]

Lessons Duterte could learn from the past admin to contain the Kian Loyd Delos Santos issue

The way things are looking, seventeen year-old Kian Loyd Delos Santos, who was killed in a police operation last week, could become the latest rallying artifact of the Philippine Opposition. The key principle that underlies this latching onto Delos Santos are the ideas that (1) he was killed in a police anti-drug operation (2) amidst […]

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 […]

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 […]

COMELEC Chairman Andres Bautista’s unexplained wealth must not be ignored

From the moment Patricia Bautista held a press conference exposing her husband – Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Chairman Andres Bautista’s “unexplained hidden wealth” a week ago, the public has been transfixed by the development of the issue. Most people have been left guessing and speculating on which one of the two is telling the truth.  However, […]

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 […]