Senator De Lima Vs. The Culture Of Self-Righteousness In The Philippines

Well ladies and gentlemen, the cat is now out of the bag and Senator De Lima now faces not just charges of fraud but also, apparently, adultery. Now, I’m going to admit that yes, I do dislike Senator Leila De Lima. I find her mishandling and misuse of “human rights” disgusting. I find the way […]

Foreign media outlets criticising Duterte’s “war on drugs” are clueless about Philippine politics

Articles critical of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte from foreign media outlets are coming out from left, right and centre lately. Unfortunately, they are mostly one-sided. One can’t help but think that they have an agenda — to damage the reputation of the new President and undermine his leadership. This is something that the members of […]

Filipinos need not worry about what foreigners say about Duterte’s “war on drugs”

Leni Robredo is at it again. This time she is reportedly worried about the Philippines’ international “reputation”. This follows mounting coverage by the foreign media of the allegedly unusual high numbers of homicides occurring in the Philippines over the last several months. These killings supposedly coincide with President Rodrigo Duterte’s “war on drugs”. Many allege […]

5 Reasons Why I Think We Should Boycott The Local Mainstream Media Altogether

Look, I know I’ve always been a staunch opponent of the local media and that I wail at it whenever the opportunity to do so presents itself. In fact, over the years, I think I’m becoming tiring and redundant when it comes to bashing the local media. However, I’m going to have to apologize to […]

The Culture Of Victimhood And The Local Media

Granted, webmaster Benign0 and fellow contributor Hector Gamboa have already said their pieces about the misleading photo on the front page of the Philippine Daily Inquirer on 24th of July, 2016. It would indeed be kind of redundant for me to write another article about it since both Benign0 and Mr. Gamboa have already said […]

Does President Rodrigo Duterte command an ‘Internet army’?

According to some pundits, President Rodrigo Duterte is waging not just a “war on drugs” in the streets of major Philippine cities. He is, they insist, also waging a war on social media, commanding an “Internet army” that disseminates content supposedly meant to discredit his enemies. Are these assertions based on fact? For one thing, […]

The trouble with Raffy Lerma’s “Pieta” photo

Below is an image of the July 24, 2016 front page of the Philippine Sunday Inquirer. Some statements have been issued asserting the authenticity of the photo splashed in full width on the masthead of this edition. These statements follow two articles we published highlighting disturbing aspects of this spread: Hector Gamboa’s On Deceptive Media […]

The Ghostbusters reboot: busting more than just ghosts

The Ghostbusters series recently had a reboot of its own. For those of us old enough to remember, there were two live-action movies in the 1980’s and at least one animated series afterwards. Basically, what has stayed consistent throughout the three live-action comedy movies is that three of the main characters are scientists who are […]