Lessons from history about insurgency in the Philippines

Insurgency, rebellion, and separatist movements (Note: I will use these three terms interchangeably.) have always been part and parcel of Philippine history. In this regard, it is no different from other countries and their histories. Successive Philippine governments have had to deal with several of these movements. In the spotlight are the Communist Party of […]

Secret US cables reveal Ninoy Aquino open to supporting martial law in 1972

In his piece What Ninoy told the US about Marcos published on the Inquirer today, columnist Ambeth Ocamo reveals some interesting things the late former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr reportedly told American diplomat John Forbes. Forbes documented his conversation with Aquino in a confidential telegram sent to the US State Department on the 21st […]

Of course not all EDSA rallyists are yellows, many of them are useful idiots too!

The other day president Rodrigo Duterte (Du30) said that “yellow” rallyists want him out because they cannot accept defeat. Du30, of course, was referring to the folks who claim to be protesting against the burial of former president Ferdinand E. Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Cemetery of Heroes) as allowed by president Du30 […]

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 […]

Kidapawan protester brutally mauling Filipino police officer captured on video! #BigasHindiBala

Social media “activists” continue to lambast the Philippine National Police for the alleged “brutality” with which they handled the situation on Friday the 1st of April as protesting “farmers” descended upon Kidapawan. The key allegation is that the police applied undue force and harshness in the way they carried out orders to disperse the rally […]

Kidapawan ‘massacre’: Aquino government falls victim to Victim Mentality Activism

There is an important lesson in the alleged “massacre” of hungry farmers in Kidapawan, North Cotabato during an allegedly “violent” dispersal of a protest rally there. The lesson is that it is easy for a sitting president to be blamed for “atrocities” allegedly committed by the police and the military. Why is this an important […]

The Kidapawan incident – questions that start with the word ‘why’ #BigasHindiBala

The phrase “preventable tragedy” is inseparable from any discussion of the Aquino administration as it comes to a close in less than three months. Not only has the term of outgoing president Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino been marked by several preventable tragedies, one can be forgiven for thinking that BS Aquino’s victory as president was […]