The Philippine Opposition’s sad colonial mentality

It is sad, the way the Philippine Opposition led by the Liberal Party (referred to by many as the “Yellowtards”) has adopted a strategy of running to the West for validation and then using that validation to influence Filipinos. It demonstrates that they are a pale shadow of the political force they are desperately pitching […]

Being “poor” does not exempt jeepney drivers from complying to road safety standards

Opposition and left-leaning “activists” are up in arms over a photo of what is said to be a list of requirements jeepney drivers need to meet in order to comply with government efforts to improve the quality of public transport and air quality in major Philippine cities. Jeepneys are 1940s-vintage design vehicles and remain a […]

Filipino taxpayers disapprove of UP students walking out of classes to join communist rallies

Students of the University of the Philippines (UP) have been walking out of their classes to protest against the government. They’ve been doing that since time immemorial. Indeed, one tweet by a certain @StandUpDiliman documented one such recent walkout, and it exhibited both a familiar sight and a familiar slogan… WALKOUT NA! Join the hundreds […]

“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 […]

Maria Ressa continues to LIE about the “death” of “press freedom” in the Philippines

It’s been several weeks since the Philippines’ Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a shutter order to “social news network” Rappler for violation of constitutional provisions banning foreign control of media businesses in the country. Over that period, RapplerCEO Maria Ressa has campaigned vigorously to spin this compliance violation into one around an imagined issue […]

The KEY to a truly intelligent political discourse that ordinary Filipinos can relate with

I came up with a new public relations (PR) concept for Malacanang. I call it the Flypaper Trick. To understand this trick, a brief explanation of how flypaper works is in order. Flypaper is a sheet of paper coated with a strong adhesive that attracts flies that happen to be buzzing around. A fly that […]

“Press freedom” was killed by Filipino LAZINESS and not by the Philippine government

The so-called “Black Friday Defend Press Freedom” rally organised to re-package Rappler‘s corporate compliance issue into a “press freedom” issue turned out to be a mere fart in the wind. The rally, held at a Quezon City roundabout commemorating boy scouts who died in a plane crash, did not attract enough participants to fill even […]

Duterte overthrown by a revolt led by Rappler CEO Maria Ressa: a scenario analysis

Though difficult to tell for sure, the Opposition led by the Liberal Party (the Yellowtards) gained some measure of success in spinning what was primarily a citation of lapses in corporate compliance on the part of “social news network” Rappler into an issue of “press freedom”. Led by its embattled CEO Maria Ressa, the Yellowtards […]