De Lima’s ouster and Trillanes’s apology: Bullying and mudslinging no longer tolerated in the Senate

Senator Leila De Lima is finding out the hard way that, in politics, it is better to be likeable than to be “right”. This is after sixteen of her colleagues voted to remove her from the chairmanship of the Senate Justice Committee. De Lima, after all, is a newbie, yet her demeanour of late outsizes […]

Schadenfreude of the Elites: People who want Duterte to fail

Schadenfreude: Substantiv, feminin – boshafte Freude über das Missgeschick, Unglück eines andern. (Translation: Noun, feminine – malicious pleasure over the misfortune, mishap of someone else.)* An elite class that is free to operate without limits – whether limits imposed by the rule of law or fear of the responses from those harmed by their behavior […]

Leila de Lima’s statements in her CNN interview were unfair to the Philippine police

There are Filipinos whose actions can be considered treacherous. In their obsession to stay in power, they will do anything, including destroy the reputation of the Philippines with the international community. Take the case of Senator Leila de Lima. In her recent interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, De Lima not only was critical about President […]

Leila de Lima’s EJK inquiry demoralises the police and contradicts her own guidelines

It is Day Two in the on-going Senate inquiry on drug-related “extrajudicial killings” headed by Senator Leila de Lima. So far, the circus has resulted only in the highlighting of the indifference and incompetence applied by the government of former President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III to combatting the drug problem. It has also made […]

Senatorial candidate and former DILG Sec Rafael Alunan: Why I Support Duterte for President

I was interviewed by a foreign journalist yesterday. She asked why I was supporting Rodrigo Duterte (Du30) despite all the negative press about him. First, I said that he and I had the opportunity to work together for peace and order during my time as Secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). […]

Do you want to leave the “Class Act” with the “Bad Guy?”

People were aflutter over Senator Bongbong Marcos’ “class act” performance in the vice-presidential debate a while back. Of course, we are aware that he remains a suspect in the pilfering of billions from our nation’s coffers during his father’s tenure. No need to be worried, despite some cases being dismissed against them, there are still […]

Alan Who? And Leni’s Dilemma

The Vice Presidential debate last Sunday has been the talk of the town for the past couple of days, eclipsing even the last fight of Pacquiao. People have generally praised CNN Philippines and Inquirer for moderating a good debate. It was probably as good as it can get, even though I had the feeling I […]

Amazing grace: Bongbong Marcos could’ve struck back during #PiliPinasDebates2016 but chose not to

Imagine if vice presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos (BBM) was as abrasive and harsh as Alan Peter Cayetano. Yesterday’s vice presidential debate would have deteriorated very quickly. BBM kept his cool because nothing could be achieved by attacking back. Yet, he could if we think about it. Rene Cayetano, the father of Alan, was a partner […]