Should PCOO Engage in “Away Kalye” Demeanor to Appease RJ Nieto?

A long time friend in the field of politics and communications messaged me on Facebook saying that RJ was going off the rails again over how PCO Secretary Martin Andanar handled himself during the recent Senate hearing on fake news. Using words like “gago” (fool) and “bayag”, Nieto appeared to be expressed a personal disgust […]

The whole trouble with being a former Leni Robredo supporter

Undersecretary for Presidential Communications Lorraine Badoy has gotten herself into a hell of a pickle recently. After asserting in a Senate probe on “fake news” that “vice president” Leni Robredo is a “purveyor of fake news”, she is now being taken to task on two fronts. Firstly, as an officer of the presidential communications machine, […]

The debate around Charter Change should be about future opportunities and not about past fears

The trouble with the “debate” over this most recent initiative to change the Philippine Constitution is that most of the more popular arguments being given air time have to do with obsolete 1980s-era thinking rather than on a future outlook for the Filipino nation. Christian Monsod, one of the framers of the current Constitution enacted […]

Overuse has made the term “fake news” meaningless

“Fake news” this and “fake news” that. But does anyone really know what “fake news” is? The fact is, “fake news” has become a term that is bandied around the most by wannabe “activists” who couldn’t be bothered to define terms clearly first before building entire “advocacies” around these. The Collins dictionary defines “fake news” […]

Change comes and goes, but the lack of a Filipino common, greater good remains the same

It’s not hard to observe everything that’s been in the public consciousness recently, and come to one unavoidable conclusion: the cultural inertia of Filipinos will outlast any presidency. Even the current administration under Rodrigo Duterte. Politicians will always be politicians. In times where public sentiment has tipped against the incumbent, the people are easy to […]

“Wisdom of the crowds” and “power to the people” debunked: What’s next for democracy and social media?

You’d think the Senate probe on “fake news” would be an undertaking in aid of legislation. Thus the presumption underlying such a probe is that some sort of legislation will be proposed to address the “problem” of “fake news”. So what exactly is the “problem” with “fake news”? One thing that could be noted in […]

Senate inquiry on “fake news” turns into pointless finger-pointing exercise

It’s not clear what Senator Grace Poe as the chairman for the Committee on Public Information and Mass Media wanted to achieve in conducting a hearing on fake news. The hearing did not have any clear objective. Poe just allowed the resource speakers to state their claim and then… nothing. She doesn’t even ask for […]

On Getting a Passport and Why I Like DFA Sec. Cayetano

Owing to a number of circumstances (the chief ones being that I hate long lines and filling out long forms by hand), all of my official government IDs are expired. If it weren’t for a work related trip to Tokyo coming up soon, I wouldn’t have even bothered to start looking into getting my passport […]