Freedom from Democracy: Is it Time for Duterte to Abolish Congress?

Democracy stands for freedom. So essentially, “freedom from democracy” entails liberation from the clutches of freedom. Now why has freedom become fetters that keep the Philippines a struggling third-rate dirt-poor country amidst economic tigers in the region? Well democracy is actually a double-edged sword. While it gives us the benefit of that cool ecstatic feeling […]

Members of Congress represent what is wrong with Philippine society

Most Filipinos are accustomed to receiving bad news. It’s like a part of life to live with sad endings and also tragedies. Perhaps it has something to do with the Catholic mantra “if someone slaps you on one cheek, offer the other cheek also” or perhaps some people are simply not the master of their […]

Filipinos shrieking #JusticeForKian are turning Kian Loyd Delos Santos into a sad political agenda

The tragedy that befell 17-year-old Kian Loyd Delos Santos allegedly in the hands of Philippine police officers is truly an outrage. No kid deserves to die that way. And so it is, like in any society that aspires to be a truly just and modern one, imperative that justice be sought for the wrongful death […]

Hey #CarlosConde ! Who Did You Say Was DOING LITTLE To Keep Journos Safe?

A friend warned me that calling you out on your unfair treatment of the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) would encourage your meal ticket, the Human Rights Watch organization, to increase funding for your operations as its Asia Division researcher. I told them that I’ll risk it and make you appear to be […]

Here’s why ‘accreditation’ of bloggers and social media ‘practitioners’ is a ridiculous idea

Across the political spectrum, Filipinos still completely miss the point of social media and the so-called “free market of ideas” it represents. The latest project of Malacanang allowing “bloggers with a following of more than 5,000 to cover presidential events” is attracting a lot of questions. Unfortunately, true to form, all the questions being asked […]

Human Rights Watch Utter Lack Credibility Endangers True Human Rights Vigilance

Human Rights Watch is now currently known in the Philippines as the go to organization when it comes to anti-Duterte propaganda. This is chiefly because its Asia division researcher Carlos H. Conde is rabidly anti-Duterte, claiming to have investigated the human rights violations of Duterte and the Davao Death Squad. But of what quality is […]

Human Rights Watch Researcher Carlos H. Conde’s Ignorant Report on Media Security

Human Rights Watch makes a big deal about the supposed accomplishments of their Asia division researcher Carlos Conde as a journalist by citing his 20 years experience as journalist as well as having been a stringer for New York Times and Herald Tribune. But as a “journalist” Conde failed miserably. According to Rappler and GMA […]

COMELEC Chairman Andres Bautista is not living up to the ideals of the Ateneo

Thanks to all the messages of support for embattled COMELEC Chairman Andres Bautista over social media, many now know he is an alumnus of the Ateneo de Manila University. As many are aware, the Ateneo is a prestigious private learning institution run by the Society of Jesus or the Jesuits. One wonders then how Bautista’s […]