Mocha Uson has become part of ‘edited’ mainstream media

The brouhaha around Malacanang Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson now having “editors” for her blog raises questions around the whole point of “social media management”. It becomes an issue of authenticity. Mocha Uson has more than 5 million followers most of whom were amassed during her time as an erotic blogger and performing artist. During the […]

Here’s why Ed Lingao is no match for Mocha Uson’s journalism…

I find it rich the way members of the Philippines’ community of “journalism” professionals could be so precious about what is and what isn’t “journalism”. That is in considering that very few of them can be considered to be exemplars of journalism practice to begin with. Nonetheless, here is the esteemed Ed Lingao, journalist extraordinaire, […]

Philippine blogging and social media in the time of President Rodrigo Duterte

Now that the smoke belched by Election 2016 has cleared people seem to be reflecting on what just happened. It seems some of them have taken to taking stock of the social media landscape to try to make sense of and possibly shed light into what exactly got into Filipino voters’ heads. The underlying thinking […]

Jim Paredes bets 10 million pesos on Australian citizenship row with Bobi Tiglao

Jim Paredes, Filipino entertainer and die-hard fan of President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III, is on the warpath. On a Facebook post today, he lashed out at veteran Manila Times columnist Rigoberto ‘Bobi’ Tiglao accusing him of making false statements about his citizenship. Paredes was reacting to a blog post on Politics.com.ph (Politiko) titled Tiglao […]

Why political debate in the Philippines is dead

Back in 2008 when I was conscripted by Nick Cugtas, then “Editor-not-Chief” of the now-defunct pioneering blog site, Filipino Voices (FV) to contribute to his “wisdom of crowds” project, the Philippine blogosphere was far more dynamic and diverse. Twitter was not yet the in thing back then and, as such, the dumbing-down effect of having […]

Why do certain Filipinos have issues with anonymous bloggers?

An alias, handle, callsign, pseudonym, blogger name – call it whatever you want. Choosing one is something that is more often than not taken for granted. You use it when you want to leave a comment on a blog, in forums, and especially when you want to start your own blog/forum. Some netizens prefer to […]

HK Filipino maids react to latest ‘racism’ row as impact of Singapore hate blog ripples across region

Tensions between Filipino expat residents in Singapore and so-called hate bloggers and online trolls seems to be escalating. The Philippine embassy in Singapore has asked the Singapore government to hold accountable for inciting hatred a blogger who published an article on the site “Blood Stained Singapore” in which the Filipino community there was described as […]

Filipinos should learn to question authority intelligently

Intelligent people can be the worst teachers. They tend to be impatient with their students. This is because they assume that the students will understand what they are trying to say on their first attempt at explaining something. Because it is easy for them to understand things, it can be hard for intelligent people to […]