We need to help develop true thinking Pinoys rather than mere following Pinoys

My colleague Paul Farol, the other day, pointed out that the best way to combat the Yellowtards’ troll-like social media behaviour and style of “debate” is “to take the game to where the yellows cannot follow.” It seems some key social media personalities within the so-called “die-hard Duterte supporters” (DDS) clique have failed to do […]

Harry Roque should speak in plain language to avoid confusing Filipinos

The on-going hoo-ha over certain fears that certain spokespersons would “throw hollow blocks” (or cinder blocks, a popular low-cost building material used in the Philippines) on the heads of certain noted reporters from one of the big mainstream media outlets who, in turn, is threatening legal action against certain pro-administration bloggers for suggesting such an […]

Why Filipinos should support Harry Roque, their new presidential spokesman

The trouble with “thought leaders” of the Philippine Opposition is that they often think and behave like spurned adolescent lovers more than rational adults. The way they launched into a shrieking fit over the recent move of renowned human rights lawyer Harry Roque into the Malacanang team reeks of vindictiveness and lacks any semblance of […]

The stupidity in comparing the Marawi War to the Mamasapano PNP operation and Zamboanga conflict

The tragic Mamasapano operation (mounted during the term of Philippine President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III) in which 44 Special Action Force officers were massacred by elements of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front was not a military operation. It was a police operation gone wrong. This fact, however, did not stop Opposition “activists” from making […]

Has Looting Pig (LP) Drilon Gotten Away with Billions of Pork Barrel Funds?

Four years after the Pork Barrel Scam led to a rally of sorts at Rizal Park, it seems that most people have forgotten the theft of up to 14 billion pesos in Priority Development Assistance Funds and the many questions that were never asked or answered at the height of the biggest corruption controversy in […]

A New Marawi City that is SQUATTER-FREE is an absolutely worthwhile goal

There’s a lot of talk lately about “re-building” Marawi City. Jose Montelibano in his Inquirer column today offers thoughts on what needs to be considered to not just to do that but to do it right, as in build A New Marawi that, at the same time, puts it on a path towards becoming a […]

Duterte, The Pacifist, and The Just War Tradition

“War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth a war, is much worse.” — John Stuart Mill President Duterte has been accused of using unnecessary violence, killings, and other atrocities to fight the war against drugs, […]

President Duterte Should Appoint ThinkingPinoy RJ Nieto as his Communications Secretary

After seeing him and his fan on GRP repeatedly brag about the size of their social media reach and engagement, it’s high time for President Rodrigo Duterte to seriously consider replacing Martin Andanar with RJ Nieto. What would make Nieto think he is better than Andanar? Apart from his social media influence, he insinuates that […]