Noynoy’s 2016 presidential promise to Mar Roxas is destroying the Philippines

Time and again, Filipinos and their government (which, in a democracy, reflects its citizens’ character) have proven a lack of ability to step back and manage their affairs to a level of competence befitting a modern 21st Century state. In key occasions when it was a national imperative to exhibit a collective resolve to squarely […]

Get Real: Do Filipino illegal aliens residing in the US really need Temporary Protected Status?

The Philippine government is appealing to the US government for a granting of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to hundreds of thousands of undocumented Filipino nationals illegally residing in the United States. The appeal builds upon the Philippines’ claim to being unable to fully recover from the devastation wrought by super-typhoon Haiyan (a.k.a. Yolanda) across its […]

In ignoring Sultan Kiram, President Noynoy Aquino did treat him as a terrorist

In a press conference, Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte insisted that Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary, Albert del Rosario did not call Raja Muda Agbimuddin Kiram III and his men terrorists. The problem with Valte’s statement is that, first, it is coming from someone who has lost much of her credibility. Most, if not all, […]

Sabah debacle: The Philippine ‘Teflon’ Government of President Noynoy Aquino

You sometimes wonder how much of the foreign press is under the payroll of the Philippine and Malaysian governments considering the sort of slants they lend to the “reports” they publish about a region they presume to know… The Philippine government said Tuesday it had tried bring a peaceful end to the standoff by sending […]

Ph Govt priorities: Hacienda Luisita first, Kuala Lumpur second, Mindanao LAST #sabah

The Malaysian government — and not the government of Philippine President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III — is clearly on top of the Sabah crisis. After sending fighter jets to bomb positions in Sabah supposedly occupied by followers of the Sultanate of Sulu in what it considers to be a “police operation” yesterday, it has […]

Overkill: Malaysian warplanes bomb Filipinos loyal to Sulu Sultanate in bid to end Sabah standoff

In a news conference this morning Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar reported a successful execution of “Ops Sulu” which involved an “all-out” offensive to flush out members of a group of armed Filipinos claiming to be members of the Royal Army of the Sultanate of Sulu… Earlier today, a Bernama reporter staying in […]

China enshrines territorial claims over West Philippine Sea in newly-issued e-passport

Apparently Chinese nationals carrying newly-issued Chinese e-passports are now in violation of Philippine national sovereignty. Does this mean that Chinese citizens attempting to travel into Philippine territory using these documents are now banned until the violation is rectified? Perhaps affected Chinese nationals should now start thinking twice about proceeding with their travel plans. The “violation” […]

Filipino sentiments mixed over Manny Pangilinan’s threat to quit the Philippines

Following a threat from tycoon Manny Pangilinan to leave the Philippines and take with him his money, House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II has warned that the Philippines may be in for a crisis of confidence, presumably if this sort of thing becomes a trend… The House majority leader warned Pangilinan’s move would become “a […]