Mainstream media vs DDS bloggers: a ‘war on truth’ that could destroy both sides!

For all the calls for a crackdown on “fake news”, it seems even the world’s most respected “journalists” just can’t seem to help partaking in a bit of the troll party where all of this orginates and gets passed around. Within the last 24 hours, two seemingly respected personalities in the mainstream industry of conventional […]

Alleged human rights abuses of Duterte gov’t a non-issue at the #ASEAN2017 Summit in Manila

Are there human rights abuses in the Philippines? That’s like asking the question ‘Is the Pope Catholic?’ Of course there are human rights abuses in the Philippines. They are not only perpetrated by members of the police or government forces; they are also perpetrated by regular Filipinos against their own compatriots. This is evident in […]

The #ASEAN2017 Summit proves that the Philippines is not a fascist state

Funny how elements of the Philippine Opposition gleefully spread images of Leftist protesters infesting Manila’s streets as if to demonstrate that there is a “fight” for “freedom” currently raging against the oppressive “fascist” government of an “evil” strongman. There is even a dramatic image of one of these protesters in the act of delivering a […]

Duterte has won Filipinos so much respect that the Yellows can no longer hope for reelection

The recent media attention on the APEC and ASEAN summits has been a welcome reprieve from all the relentless energy- and time-wasting Senate investigations and hearings that front-page-hungry grandstanding lawmakers and politicians have been battering us with all year round. At least we get a break to see our president with the biggest who’s who […]

A sadly familiar demand for RESPECT is on exhibit during the #ASEAN2017 Summit in Manila

Lately we’ve been seeing many perverse senses of entitlement exhibited by — horrors — some of the Philippines’ most influential people. That’s thanks to the on-going Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit currently being held in Manila. Whilst, the event brought out the best in the attending world leaders, it seemed to not have […]

Die-hard bloggers behaving badly: anti-‘disente’ taken too far

The key to sustained consistency in media practice (whether in mainstream or otherwise) is to compete on content and quality — not on narcissistic stunts and attention-grabbing circuses. On the mainstream front, this is how Rappler did itself in — because it made itself the news rather than focusing on just reported it. Of course […]

Trump’s visit a blow to Duterte’s critics

Despite the efforts by members of the Opposition to stop it, the much awaited visit by United States President Donald Trump finally happened during the 2017 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit. President Rodrigo Duterte’s critics did not want Trump to visit the Philippines for various reasons. For one, Trump’s visit would overshadow their […]

Duterte, Rappler, Utos ni bossing, and Tone-deafness

Singing karaoke-style is of course, a staple of Filipino hospitality. Quite a few Filipinos, I can imagine, will vividly remember being forced by their parents to, ignominiously, sing for a house guest. When Filipinos grow up, either karaoke machines, or on occasion, a live band, provides the means through which they can “showcase” their musical […]