China militarisation of South China Sea is not a one-administration issue

Filipinos are currently lamenting China’s progressive annexation of their claimed territories in the South China Sea (SCS). But this lamentation is of a confused sort. One of the more controversial “issues” is around the foreign policy trajectory current Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is taking his country — one that leans closer within the Chinese sphere […]

Will a China-owned telco operating in the Philippines spy on Filipinos?

For one thing, it is a bit presumptuous to think spying on the minutiae of day-to-day lives of ordinary Filipinos is an important enough main objective for a multi-million dollar investment in network infrastructure and telco service delivery capability. There really isn’t much to learn from data collected from Filipino Internet users beyond what Facebook […]

Today is International Human Rights Day, but is “human rights” really an international thing?

Western liberal democracies are celebrating “International Human Rights Day” today. And Filipino liberals and its Leftist elements are, of course, celebrating as well — which is ironic in the case of the latter because commies aren’t exactly big fans of “human rights”. Indeed, re-emergent China is fast taking steps to regain its role as the […]

Filipinos are using Gilas Pilipinas’s win over China to feel like they REALLY won against China

If Filipinos can’t win where it really counts, they will declare themselves winners where it does not count. That’s pretty much the sad space social media “influencers” from the Opposition camp have been playing lately. Following a win chalked up by Team Gilas (the pride of Filipino basketball of the moment) against China in this […]

Population control? Education? Infrastructure? Let us get our priorities straight!

My previous article regarding the potential high cost of free college education has elicited interesting reactions from readers. Some readers have argued that free college, much like free contraceptives, is a good investment by the government that would lead to economic improvement in the Philippines. In support of the argument, some have blamed the high […]

Duterte vs drugs, Gina Lopez vs the mines: Next up: Who will KILL the jeepneys?

Gina Lopez is one badass government official. Unlike most government officials, she is beholden to no one — not even her own parents who she left at 18 to do missionary work in the slums of Africa. This is presumably the reason Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte chose her to be his Environment Secretary. The Philippines, […]

Mambo Duterte or Huling El Bimbo?  

It does not help that you think I’m a blind follower, an apologist, a rude and crude supporter of a bloodthirsty maniac. You think I am a troll. Worse, you suspect I am a paid troll, or even, a bot. For how can anyone in their right mind support such a foul-mouthed monster?  On the […]

New path charted by Duterte prompts Filipinos to rethink their place in the world

If there is one thing Filipinos learned so far about their country it is this: The Philippines is, it seems, an important country in global politics. Up until now, Filipinos have seen their country as some sort of diplomatic third wheel — one that is in a perpetual crisis of relevance; a mere afterthought. It […]