A meeting of liberal minds: Oprah Winfrey for US President, Jover Laurio for “Filipino of the Year”

This is not to say US Queen of Talk Oprah Winfrey is anything like “Filipino of the Year” Jover Laurio. Oprah is a pillar of the planet’s mightiest showbiz industry (amongst its most powerful people, by some accounts) who worked her way to the top the hard way. Laurio, on the other hand, is an […]

Does Jover Laurio symbolise for Filipinos what it means to be a great people?

Craig Nelson introduces his book Rocketmen, with the story of a 1969 United States Senate briefing (shortly after Apollo 11 landed Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon) where Fermilab physicist Robert Wilson is asked how a $250 million atom smasher he proposes be built will contribute to the security of the United States. […]

Baffling logic: Maria Ressa blames Facebook for the Philippines’ political dysfunction

There is something disturbingly familiar about the way Maria Ressa, CEO of “social news network” Rappler, blames social media giant Facebook for her troubles and even that of the Philippines’. In a recent tweet, Ressa cites the news report, Mark Zuckerberg makes ‘fixing’ Facebook a personal goal for 2018 (which she republished on Rappler) and […]

Annoyance is a political platform: Why Inday Sara Duterte should run for a Senate seat

Inday Sara Duterte, daughter of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, is in the running for a seat in the Philippine Senate according to recent surveys that put her within the “Magic 12” list of “winnable” contenders. She should take the shot. According to her, only annoyance for her father’s critics will be an incentive to run… […]

Wait a minute… Why do Filipinos hate the Marcoses so much to begin with?

Would the Philippines have gone on to be a better country had the late former President Ferdinand Marcos never existed and, as a consequence, the “Martial Law years” never transpired? The way Filipino “activists” keep harping about the “evil” Marcos and the “dark ages” he subjected the Philippines to under his “Martial Law regime”, it […]

Ica Policarpio mirrors the plight of an entire society that remains lost and has yet to be found

Following days of vigorous discussion around the much-publicised disappearance and “rescue” of Ica Policarpio, a statement was released yesterday by her family through a Facebook post by her sister, Bea Policarpio. This was after the large number of Netizens who had responded to an appeal issued by Bea to assist in the location of her […]

Why the family of Ica Policarpio is not entitled to their privacy — according to the rules of social media

The very moment Bea Policarpio issued an appeal for help for her then-“missing” sister Ica Policarpio on Facebook on the 21st December, the whole affair became public domain. For some reason, perhaps with some “help” from well-connected or influential people, or perhaps simply because Ica Policarpio herself appealed to the average Netizen’s itchy Share, Like, […]

A lesson for Ica Policarpio’s family: When you appeal to the public for help, you owe them closure

A lot of people are annoyed. A social media storm was successfully raised after 17 year old Ica Policarpio “went missing” which kicked off a series of events — and the heavens being “stormed with prayers” — that led to her being “found” alive and unharmed today. It started with an appeal for help posted […]