A desperate Maria Ressa blames Facebook for Rappler’s inevitable demise

Maria Ressa, CEO of “social news site” Rappler has gone too far. Rather than own up to her failure to build a credible news media organisation that could compete in the free market of ideas, she, instead, takes it upon herself to appoint Facebook as “the new gatekeeper to information” and then proceed to accuse […]

The resignation of Davao Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte proves he has “delicadeza”

Back in the time of former President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino III, no amount of calls to resign even following astounding displays of incompetence — often resulting in fatal outcomes — could move any government official to relinquish their posts for the sake of delicadeza. Despite mind-boggling pork barrel thievery with money trails leading back […]

Isabelle Duterte’s photoshoot in Malacanang is a problem for people with fragile egos

Members of the Opposition are seething with anger after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte‚Äôs granddaughter did a pre-debut photoshoot inside the Malacanang Palace supposedly for her 18th birthday celebration. Isabelle Duterte has been the talk of the town in social media and her critics are not ready to let go of the issue just yet insisting […]

UP “activists” are wrong — the Lantern Parade is NOT an occasion for political activism

Indeed, one’s gotta agree that “everything is political” as far as students of the University of the Philippines’ (UP) College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP) are concerned. So political, in fact, that they’d politicise everything — including the Lantern Parade. As expected, mainstream media picked up their float (above all else) which merited a […]

Here is how INTELLIGENT Opposition to the Duterte administration is done…

The Philippine Opposition continues to suffer from a crisis of relevance and, as of late, a crisis of lack of vision. This bankruptcy of vision has become glaringly evident along two fronts: (1) an inability to frame an alternative strategic pathway to serve as a viable challenge the vastly more popular one being executed by […]

Filipinos are poor because their “activists” teach them to be obsessed with the rich

Most Filipinos would like to believe that the outrage they feel (or are encouraged to feel by their “activists”) about excessive displays of wealth comes from a deep need to see social justice delivered. Thus, the typical screeching lament we hear when such “social justice warriors” (SJWs) are confronted with displays of wealth goes like […]

Why did Isabelle Duterte have a photoshoot in Malacanang Palace? Because she can.

Isabelle Duterte, granddaughter of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, has been receiving a lot flak lately for a photoshoot she had in Malacanang. Why, key “thought leaders” of the Philippine Opposition ask, should Duterte’s granddaughter be allowed to use Malacanang as the setting for her pictorial? Simple. Because she can. Circuses like these are the reason […]

Noynoy Aquino lauded for merely showing up at Congress inquiry on Dengvaxia

So former President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III gets a medal for mere effort after having shown up at the Senate inquiry into the Dengvaxia debacle. Seeing BS Aquino’s face on TV again is quite the blast from the past. It reminds Filipinos of the culture of mediocrity that prevailed over the six years of […]