PNP Chief Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa should just stop performing for the cameras

Honeymoon’s definitely over for Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa. Half a year of heady PR, show-and-tell, and media circus came crashing down as the reality of the persistent rot at the core of the Philippine police came to the fore in recent months. Revelations of corruption and institutionalised racketeering and extortion […]

Is it about time Filipinos stop making throwbacks to Noynoy Aquino’s administration?

At the start of every new administration, inescapably, someone always harks back to the previous one. The reasons for doing so usually fall into these common categories: 1) The predecessor is blamed for an inherited problem; 2) Credit is taken for something started in the previous term; 3) The successor wants to express gratitude for […]

PNP Chief Bato dela Rosa has suddenly become the rockiest component of Duterte’s anti-crime drive

Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa is perhaps in his most precarious position to date. News recently came out that a Korean businessman, Jee Ick Joo, was found dead within Camp Crame, after being kidnapped from his home. Talk about this being a lucky break for President Rodrigo Duterte’s critics, in particular, […]

PNP Chief Bato dela Rosa should resign to save his honour and protect the Duterte government

Can Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Ronaldo ‘Bato’ Dela Rosa control the men under his watch? There is enough evidence to say that he cannot. There were already signs earlier even before his first six months on the job was up that the burden of weeding out the bad from the good cops was too […]

Filipinos cannot tell the difference between ‘fake news’ and literary fiction

Can we really blame Filipinos’ addiction to “fake news”? For that matter, are Filipinos really in any position to pontificate on the subtle differences between the art of producing “fake news” and the art of producing good fiction? We are, after all, talking about a people who see no difference between the persona that actor […]

Ronnie Dayan’s comedic presentation to the media a prelude to a farcical Congressional hearing

After a massive manhunt, Ronnie Dayan, the elusive former driver-cum-lover (pardon the pun) of Senator Leila de Lima, finally falls. Seeing him live on TV for the first time gives us a better sense of who Dayan is. Suffice to say, he does not come across as one of the brighter bulbs in the room. […]

Sick and tired of hypocrites attacking Duterte

Not even two months into the Rodrigo Duterte administration, we have already had several events which were truly newsworthy, and the war on drugs led by no less than the President and his Chief PNP General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa. The said war on drugs has led to over half a million voluntary surrenders from […]