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 […]

Five Routes to the Presidency in the Philippines

With Mayor Rody Duterte’s trail-blazing ascent to the presidency, we may have to rewrite the books on the ins and outs of politics in the country. He was from a marginalized region of the country way down South with a thick Visayan accent, had no pocket money of his own to launch a national campaign, came into […]

The criminal in senators’ clothing that is Antonio Trillanes

If there is anything or anyone that epitomises everything that is wrong with the Philippines, it is none other than “senator” Antonio Trillanes. I enclose “senator” in quotes whenever I refer to Trillanes because he is one only because a piece of paper says so. In spirit he is anything but. Indeed, even the idea […]

Rodrigo Duterte represents the revolution that was denied the Filipino

Leading presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte is unstoppable. He does not only weather storms, he thrives in them. The latest witchhunt launched by disgruntled vice presidential candidate Antonio Trillanes (who consistently ranks near bottom in the many surveys taken so far) was a mere blip on his radar. Duterte’s fans remain adamant in their choice, and […]

Desperation Time for Duterte Rivals and Critics

We are now just less than a week from the Philippine Presidential elections and the fever amongst the electorate has reached temperatures as high as the heatwave currently plaguing the nation. Passions from different camps flare in all directions, making even the most civilized and educated amongst us act like crazy sports fanatics cheering for […]

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 […]

Senator Bongbong Marcos was the crowd favorite at the Vice Presidential Debates #PiliPinasDebates2016

The one and only Vice Presidential Debates hosted by CNN Philippines became mostly about Senator Bongbong Marcos. If not for Marcos Jr, the debates would have been boring. It seems most people just want to hear from him and what he has to say. Well, except of course for the hecklers who kept interrupting him […]