Typhoon #NinaPH: the struggle for Leni Robredo’s PR image is on! #Nockten

To observe someone’s true colors, especially leaders, it is best done when they are in situations they cannot plan for, or cannot entirely control. An easy example, of course, would be to see how one takes charge in the aftermath of natural calamities. That in itself is a crisis situation that can easily go awry. […]

Defining Filipinos through their reactions to the Davao incident

It was as if the mayor never really left. Following the explosion that occurred in Davao city, last Friday night, September 2, which left more than a dozen dead and many injured, President Rodrigo Duterte was on the ground only after a few hours. Duterte went along when the crime scene was surveyed, visited the […]

Noynoy Aquino govt’s incompetence resulted in tragedies like Kidapawan, Mamasapano, and the Luneta Hostage Crisis

A week after another tragedy occurred in the Philippines, President Benigno Simeon Aquino finally broke his silence about the violent dispersal of protesters at Kidapawan, North Cotabato which led to numerous deaths and hundreds of injuries from both sides of the fence. As usual, instead of condolences and expressions of sympathy, he mouthed off the […]

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 […]

The standoff between Iglesia Ni Cristo and the Inutil Na Cojuangco: everyone loses!

What happens when an irresistible force (Iglesia Ni Cristo, INC) meets an immovable object (President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino, the other INC, the Inutil na Cojuangco, and his administration)? They will destroy each other. That is exactly what happened over the last few days as the INC conducted a protest rally over at EDSA. They […]

Filipinos seem to like being screwed regardless of who the President is

In light of the mishandling of the fallout of the Mamasapano incident last January which resulted in 44 Special Action Force (SAF) members dead, calls have been mounting for current Philippine president Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino to resign. One can say it is a mishandling – actually, that is a very mild word to describe […]

Clutch situation! It’s time Noynoy Aquino brings his A-game

I find it amusing, to say the least, that president Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino would use a basketball metaphor to describe what would be the remainder of his term… “Papasok na naman po tayo sa panibagong taon sa pagtahak sa tuwid na daan; at kumbaga po sa larong basketball, papasok na rin tayo sa last […]

Typhoon Yolanda has exposed the nakedness of an image-conscious Philippines

And when we say the Philippines, we don’t mean just the government; we mean to include the Filipino people who voted those incompetent officials in, like for example, president Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino III. From the start of his term, it has been painfully obvious that BS Aquino’s presidency was heavily anchored on popularity. Thus, […]