Filipinos need to lighten up about Tito Sotto’s “Eat Bulaga” humour

The reality is, Tito Sotto has full license to crack misogynist jokes in Congress because it was the stardom brought about by his gig in popular noontime variety show Eat Bulaga that got him the votes to begin with. In short, Sotto’s character merely reflects the character of the society that ushered him into power. […]

Bringing back the “Holy Alliance of Throne and Altar” is deadly

The background The Congress of Vienna was convened in 1815 by the European nations that defeated Napoleon Bonaparte to establish a new balance of power in Europe and prevent a resurgence of Napoleonic imperialism. The secondary reason was to prevent political revolutions such as the French revolution and the preservation of the status quo.1 Shortly […]

Is there such a thing as a part-time Roman Catholic?

In the coming Easter season (“holy week” to Filipinos), there is, again, a call to reflect on our spirituality and what it means to be Catholic. To most Filipinos, being a “good” Catholic is to go through the motions of what Catholic dogma dictates. And in this season of prayers and visita iglesias and avoiding […]

CBCP’s “Walk of Life” stunt illustrates just how primtive a society the Philippines remains

As expected, the Inquirer Editor stepped up as chief cheerleader in the recent “spate” of street activity, specifically the so-called “Walk of Life” organised by, who else, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). Crowing about the 20,000-strong “crowd” that gathered in Luneta to sing hymns and wax prayerful over the situation of the […]

The spectacle of nuns who presume to be politicians’ “guardian angels”

What is it about nuns and the way they play “guardian angel” to supposedly “oppressed” public figures? Back in 2008, it was star “whistle-blower” Jun Lozada — a key witness in the ZTE broadband deal — making a spectacle of himself hiding behind the skirts of a phalanx of nuns as he emerged from hiding […]

Drug Wars are ALWAYS bloody. Deal with it!

Is there a war between the Roman Catholic Church and Duterte supporters? For that matter, is there a war between the Church and the Philippines’ trendy Church of Atheism? Perhaps. In fact the war between any Philippine Government and the Church has been raging for some time — specifically in efforts to curb the galloping […]

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 […]