Why political debate in the Philippines is dead

Back in 2008 when I was conscripted by Nick Cugtas, then “Editor-not-Chief” of the now-defunct pioneering blog site, Filipino Voices (FV) to contribute to his “wisdom of crowds” project, the Philippine blogosphere was far more dynamic and diverse. Twitter was not yet the in thing back then and, as such, the dumbing-down effect of having […]

Was the EDSA ‘gun poking incident’ solved only because it was in the spotlight?

So the mysterious EDSA “gun poking incident” is finally solved. The incident which was caught on camera and went viral over social media involved eight police officers from the La Loma Police Station in Quezon City. The Inquirer reports… Arrested were commissioned Quezon City Police District (QCPD) ‎officers Chief Inspector Joseph de Vera and Senior […]

How idiopreneurship can stem the flow of talented people abandoning the Philippines

Much has been said about how the appalling work conditions, low pay, and stifling congestion in the Philippines is driving away its most talented workers. But what seems to be the biggest put-off for the greatest Filipino minds is the intellectual bankruptcy that prevails in Philippine society. Much has also been said about technology being […]

Slender Man: A fearsome product of memetic evolution in its purest form

The case of the stabbing of a 12-year-old girl by two of her friends in Wisconsin has gripped America over the last couple days. The crime is made particularly resonant not only by the age of the victim and perpetrators but by the source of the motive — a demon-like creature called Slender Man that […]

Anonymous woman named ‘Roxanne’ files new rape charges vs Vhong Navarro!

Embattled Filipino celebrity Vhong Navarro will reportedly be battling another rape complainant. The complainant, according to her lawyer, Virgilio Batalla, chooses to remain anonymous for now. According to “breaking news” posted by “respected” journalist Tony Calvento on his Facebook page, the woman’s name is “Roxanne”, and has filed her case with the Department of Justice […]

Bloody libel! Janet Lim Napoles versus Maria Ressa’s ‘social news network’ Rappler.com

Funny how just a short time ago, Rappler.com CEO Maria Ressa was crying bloody libel over Katrina Stuart-Santiago’s article Going to the dogs — an article about the manner with which Ressa’s self-described “social news network” startup precipitated (and possibly encouraged) a broader “ganging up” on the University of Santo Tomas over a perceived favour […]

Crowdsourcing the Maria Ressa and Lilibeth Frondoso tsismis

To give credit to ‘investigative journalist’ Raissa Robles, who pioneered the journalistic technique of investigative crowdsourcing, blog comment threads are indeed treasure troves of dirt on a who’s-who list of the Philippines’ hottest celebrities. People can be called out for shoplifting just on the basis of hearsay, and the portfolios of Chief Justices laid bare […]

Three online writers who may be most at risk of being sued for libel

Now that Republic Act 10175, also known as the Philippine Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, has been enacted to law, the question in most people’s minds now is “Who is gonna be sued first?” Here are three of them (or rather three classes of them) that immediately come to mind. * * * (1) The […]