Catching up with Mao: on young Filipinos’ rejection of the false ‘spirit of EDSA’

The millennial generation of Filipinos have helped in what 5-10 years ago would have seemed as an impossible PR turnaround by Senator Bongbong Marcos, son of the late “dictator” Ferdinand E. Marcos. The only son of the late president is running for vice president, and several groups have protested what they say is an attempt […]

#EDSA30: What I’ve seen, heard and, now, think after 30 years

(Note: This post is actually meant to be just a comment to Mike Portes’s latest article. But since it is long, I opted to post is as an article. And I wrote the recollection parts purely from memory.) It was exactly 30 years ago. Allow me to share as an ordinary citizen how I viewed it and […]

Hijacking the 1986 EDSA Revolution

The country celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the 1986 EDSA “Revolution” under the deception that things have become better ever since the overthrow of the Marcos dictatorship. The celebrations have become so regular, so systematic, and so ingrained that the “EDSA Spirit” has become rather dogmatic. Leading the celebrations, as expected, is President BS Aquino […]

A Marcos and Edsa 30: Thirty years after People Power

Thirty years after  Ferdinand Marcos, Sr. was ousted from his seat of power, the miasma of anxiety has grown thick over the possibility of his JUNIOR occupying the second highest post  in the Executive branch of government. For the past two years, the #NeverAgain hashtag appears in social and mainstream media, grabbing at each opportunity […]

The Philippines is worse off 30 years after the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution

I’m tired of reading stories from old farts about the so-called “people power” revolution that transpired at EDSA in 1986. These old-timers hold a tradition to relive the tale over and over and this year is no different as Filipinos set out to mark the 30th anniversary of the event. The stories seem to be […]

Feb 26 2016: 30th anniversary of the stupidification of the Philippines

The 26th of February this year marks the 30th anniversary of the 1986 EDSA “people power” revolution. Three decades ago from this day, the “evil” regime of President Ferdinand Marcos was supposedly toppled by a popular uprising that was sparked by an army mutiny led by then General Fidel V Ramos accompanied by then Defense […]

Daang Matuwid brought the Philippines straight down the highway to hell

Daang Matuwid. What the hell does it mean? Its literal translation in English is “straight path”. Without any context, it does not make a lot of sense. Straight path to where, exactly? However, its ambiguity helped launch the Presidency of a non-performing lawmaker Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III back in 2010. A lot of people […]

The interesting timing of Pia Wurtzbach’s homecoming

All the big events seem to have come together on this day, the 25th January. It’s the birth anniversary of the late Corazon ‘Cory’ Aquino, mother of current President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III. On this day also, exactly 12 months ago, 44 elite police officers of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Special Action Force […]