5 things that will happen when Jejomar Binay becomes Philippine President

A lot of Filipinos are scared of a Binay Presidency. A Catholic priest even said it is a “scary prospect” after meeting Vice President Jejomar Binay himself. It is quite understandable why. If Vice President Jejomar Binay wins the Presidential Election in 2016, he will simply continue the world-renowned Filipino tradition of patronage politics. This […]

Repeat after me: I am the Philippines and I am home to a dysfunctional society

I realised the whole problem with the prevailing discourse within the social media space I inhabit: there is too much discussion about politics and not enough about the underlying issue with Philippine society that I have long highlighted is the real deal here — Filipino culture. Fact is, the Philippines is beset by a really […]

Kim Henares’s BIR tax cheat ad fiasco: All Filipino doctors need is an extra layer of skin

Poor Kim Henares. The beleaguered Commissioner of the Philippines’ Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is caught between a rock and a hard place — her ass is being kicked by President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino III to bleed more legal revenue from the Filipino people. Trouble is, Filipino politicians derive illegal revenue from all that […]

Raymond Fortun resignation as Cedric Lee mouthpiece highlights Pinoy dysfunction

Law practice in the Philippines quite simply is not that straightforward. Ask lawyer Raymond Fortun who recently resigned as spookesman for alleged Chinese mafiosi Cedric Lee who, together with starlet Deniece Cornejo, are accused of viciously mauling variety show host Vhong Navarro and framing him for rape. But Fortun has apparently been increasingly frustrated over […]

Why pork barrel whistleblowers Benhur Luy and Ruby Tuason should go to jail

The fact that there are many whistleblowers and that the entire case the Department of Justice is mounting against several Philippine senators accused of plundering their pork barrel funds rests on these whistleblowers highlights the profound dysfunction of the country’s criminal investigation and criminal justice system. How many whistleblowers are needed to support the case? […]

Whistleblowers in pork barrel scam Ruby Tuason and Benhur Luy deserve jail time not hero and celebrity treatment

The first thing you notice about the whistleblowers involved in the priority development assistance fund (PDAF) or pork barrel scam is the manner with which they act during the senate blue ribbon committee. They seem at ease and familiar with the people around them as if they were in a social gathering with their drinking […]