Philippines finally comes home to Asia following Duterte’s groundbreaking trip to China

Senator Leila de Lima was on a rampage following Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s reported shift of the country’s foreign policy to one that involves a cosying up to China and a “separation” from the United States. De Lima described Duterte’s move during his official visit to China this week as a “whole level of betrayal”. […]

Remembering the Heroes of the Martial Law Era

“As of the twenty-third of this month, I signed Proclamation Number 1081 placing the entire Philippines under martial law” said President Ferdinand E. Marcos on that famous television broadcast 44 years ago today, September 23. Before the declaration of martial law, the country was in a state of upheaval. It was the middle of the […]

Why I Still Value ‘Due Process’…

Now, before you go thinking that I’m an anti-Duterte and pro-drug lord activist, let me clarify to you that no, I am not against the progress brought forth by the new administration. Indeed, I believe it is high time that something be done about our many social issues, especially that of the illegal drug trade […]

The Iron Lady: Could Filipinos have handled a leader like Margaret Thatcher?

Filipinos can only make wistful remarks about the greatness of the late former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher who died yesterday aged 87. This is a lady who busted Britain’s paralysing unions, sent Her Majesty’s warships sailing thousands of miles south to take back the Falkland Islands from the Argentines, and stared down scores of […]

The 11th September 2001 terrorist attack – ten years hence: What have we learned?

History’s worst terrorist act against Americans within and outside of their borders will be remembered on Sunday, the 11th September this year. Exactly ten years ago on that date (now known simply as “9/11”), more than three thousand people died in separate suicide attacks against high-profile targets within the United States, culminating in the total […]

Mad times call for Mad Men!

The dawn of the space age, the height of the Cold War, the assassination of JFK, and a childlike self-confidence in the midst of an unprecedented period of prosperity that was never to be seen again in America — how much more exciting and interesting can the 1960’s be? Hit television series Mad Men captures […]