The Philippines is now truly INDEPENDENT after pulling out from the International Criminal Court

It takes real guts not just to stand up to a former colonial master but also walk away from its comfy embrace. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte did just that. By withdrawing from the International Criminal Court (ICC), he led Filipinos in demonstrating that they are willing to leave their comfy parents’ nest and fly off […]

How Filipino liberal women have WEAPONISED the Feminist Movement against Duterte

Step back from the political chatter of social media for a moment and ask yourself: Are the “issues” being backed by the loudest, shrillest voices at the moment the most important ones? To answer that question we need first to define the term “important” in this context. What is important to the average Filipino? The […]

The Philippines is ‘in crisis’ because its Opposition lacks direction

“Thought leaders” of the Philippine Opposition have been screeching about various imagined crises gripping the Philippines since Day One of the administration of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. While these screeches have grown louder over the last year-and-a-half of Duterte’s presidency, the actual underlying nature and sense behind these quaint cries of “outrage” haven’t really evolved. […]

Appreciating why “gender equality” is important on International Women’s Day

It’s “International Women’s Day” today. As expected, there are a lot of messages being shouted out about how far women have come and, of course, how much more needs to be done to achieve “gender parity” in the workplace and in society. As such, adding more verbage to all that well-established collective wisdom does not […]

In Philippine politics, women should NOT “woman up”. They should MAN up.

“Tought leaders” of the Philippine Opposition don’t do their cause any favours by constantly playing the Woman Card whenever they feel offended. Real feminists, after all, fought hard for “gender equality”. By that, we presume, women would like to be on equal footing with men. I wonder if they really know the core essence of […]

Does anyone have the right to tell Liza Soberano how “Filipino” she is?

People are criticising Filipino actress Liza Soberano for not being “Filipino enough” to play a lead role in the television drama Bagani. This is interesting because, really, there really is no one single authority on who is and who isn’t “Filipino”. Some may say that the Bureau of Immigration is the final authority on who […]

Are Filipinos REALLY offended by Duterte’s quip on how to shoot female NPA combatants?

At one level, the remark made by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte about what part of the anatomy state forces should aim for whenever they get a female member of the New People’s Army (NPA) within their sights is deeply offensive. As the Inquirer Editor pointed out today, it is Not Funny. Mr. Editor also further […]