China militarisation of South China Sea is not a one-administration issue

Filipinos are currently lamenting China’s progressive annexation of their claimed territories in the South China Sea (SCS). But this lamentation is of a confused sort. One of the more controversial “issues” is around the foreign policy trajectory current Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is taking his country — one that leans closer within the Chinese sphere […]

Filipino taxpayers disapprove of UP students walking out of classes to join communist rallies

Students of the University of the Philippines (UP) have been walking out of their classes to protest against the government. They’ve been doing that since time immemorial. Indeed, one tweet by a certain @StandUpDiliman documented one such recent walkout, and it exhibited both a familiar sight and a familiar slogan… WALKOUT NA! Join the hundreds […]

TRAIN TRAIN TRAIN – Why the Yellows are Speechless (Nganga) about Duterte’s Nation-Building Strategy

It’s a masterpiece of a masterplan in nation building that one could never in one’s wildest dreams ever imagine coming out of a Yellow Cult leader’s pointed head. Yet it only took the basic common sense of a lowly unrefined mayor from the country’s marginalized South to get the country back on its rail tracks […]

The whole trouble with being a former Leni Robredo supporter

Undersecretary for Presidential Communications Lorraine Badoy has gotten herself into a hell of a pickle recently. After asserting in a Senate probe on “fake news” that “vice president” Leni Robredo is a “purveyor of fake news”, she is now being taken to task on two fronts. Firstly, as an officer of the presidential communications machine, […]

“Wisdom of the crowds” and “power to the people” debunked: What’s next for democracy and social media?

You’d think the Senate probe on “fake news” would be an undertaking in aid of legislation. Thus the presumption underlying such a probe is that some sort of legislation will be proposed to address the “problem” of “fake news”. So what exactly is the “problem” with “fake news”? One thing that could be noted in […]

Bringing Down or Ousting People never Solved Anything

It’s clear that the so-called “opposition” is in favor of “bringing down” President Rodrigo Duterte more than anything else. They want him ousted, continuing that long cherished but flawed belief that ousting people will lead to improvement in the country’s situation. The problem is, ousting people is anything but a solution, and it reflects lack […]

Filipinos need an Opposition focused on REAL issues and not on Mocha Uson

To be fair, once “Noted Blogger” Manuel L Quezon III stopped blogging (or at least desisted from politically-controversial writing) whilst he was an undersecretary during the administration of former President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III. Much of what ails the communication machine of current President Rodrigo Duterte has to do with too many communication channels […]

“Press freedom” was killed by Filipino LAZINESS and not by the Philippine government

The so-called “Black Friday Defend Press Freedom” rally organised to re-package Rappler‘s corporate compliance issue into a “press freedom” issue turned out to be a mere fart in the wind. The rally, held at a Quezon City roundabout commemorating boy scouts who died in a plane crash, did not attract enough participants to fill even […]