Bad taste rules: Morbid photos of a dead Jeffrey Laude released by his family!

So the reason Harry Roque, legal counsel for the family of slain Filipino transgender Jeffrey Laude, released photos of the victim’s body to the public is reportedly “to gain public sympathy for the case.” “It’s high time the Filipino people understand the family’s and Suselbeck’s sense of anger,” Roque said. In short, Roque confirms that […]

3 core principles that should define a NATIONAL-SCALE Anti Pork Barrel Movement henceforth

Seems the decision to hold the official presidential Independence Day celebration in Naga City, Camarines Sur was shrewdly-timed considering that a big anti-Pork rally is scheduled to be mounted in Luneta Park that same afternoon. According to an ABS-CBN News report, Philippine President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III used the occasion mainly to slam critics […]

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? […]

Wouldn’t it be great to see handcuffed senators walked out of their homes by NBI agents?

As indignation-fuelled momentum mounts in the lead-up to the planned “million people march” to the Luneta Grandstand at 9 a.m. on the 26th August, Monday, the obvious question What happens next? comes to mind owing to the immense challenge of bringing erring senators and House representatives to justice. The scale of the outrage over the […]

Many Philippine politicians are corrupt because Filipinos allow it

Philippine society’s dysfunctional culture is evident yet again in the latest scandal involving some members of Philippine Congress and how they channel their Priority Development Assistance Funds (PDAF) or “pork barrel funds” into bogus projects. The fact that a lot of Filipinos have predicted that the main character in this sorry saga, Janet Lim Napoles, […]

President Noynoy Aquino should answer for corruption during his term

There is something strange about the way Philippine President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino reacts to certain issues that plague his administration. When the President talks about people who he thinks are corrupt, he usually goes into attack mode and lambasts them in front of his audience. This was evident when he shamed former Supreme Court […]

Speech of President Noynoy Aquino at the 1st National Criminal Justice Summit (English translation)

I provide below an English translation of the now infamous speech of Philippine President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III delivered on the occasion of the First National Criminal Justice Summit held at Centennial Hall, Manila Hotel. The speech was dominated by a personal tirade against Philippine Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona who sat just a […]