Sec Gina Lopez faces off with miners while VP Leni Robredo, well, holds ANOTHER press conference

As expected, Vice President Leni Robredo, in her recent press conference remains stuck in issuing motherhood statements about President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. So much for the symbol of “woman power” she was put up to by her social media fans. Unfortunately for Robredo, that ill-thought-out branding no longer flies — not with the […]

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 […]

People are asking the WRONG questions about Rappler’s financial performance

Some buzz of late has surrounded “social news network” site Rappler in light of “explosive” revelations issued by blogger Thinking Pinoy in his analysis of financial statements “leaked” to him by pals from the Philippines’ Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The main aspects of Rey Joseph Nieto’s a.k.a. Thinking Pinoy‘s analysis of these documents that […]

Maxine Medina just simply wasn’t Miss Universe material

Pia Wurtzbach was a tough act to follow. But then again, that is why she was Miss Universe 2016 — because she was an exceptional one. It is understandable, of course, that Filipinos would cheer on Maxine Medina as this year’s Miss Universe pageant transpired. But the fact is, Maxine proved to be not up […]

Are those who remain silent about Donald Trump’s policies being silence-shamed by the Liberals?

It has become quite obvious (but not to some “thought leaders”) by now that the Filipino public holds Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to standards different to what mainstream media and the cliques of “socially-aware” liberals put up. Despite months of harping about “human rights”, “civil liberties”, and all the other trendy stuff Liberals love, hardly […]

Here is why ‘fake news’ and religion are the same

A serious effort to understand the true causes behind the purported proliferation of “fake news” in the Philippines begins with an examination of what motivates the average social media user to click the “Like”, “Retweet”, or “Forward” buttons on their devices. Those who decry the “ignorance” of the average social media user who mindlessly contributes […]

Why mainstream media is unhappy: it has to compete with ordinary people in publishing fake news

I do not understand why some members of mainstream media everywhere around the world are complaining about the proliferation of what they call “fake news”. It’s not even clear what their definition of fake news is. As far as I know, fake news has been around since forever. They used to be called tabloid reports […]

Filipinos cannot tell the difference between ‘fake news’ and literary fiction

Can we really blame Filipinos’ addiction to “fake news”? For that matter, are Filipinos really in any position to pontificate on the subtle differences between the art of producing “fake news” and the art of producing good fiction? We are, after all, talking about a people who see no difference between the persona that actor […]