How @rapplerdotcom triggered the decline of journalism in the Philippines

It’s the buzz of the week. Manila Times columnist Rigoberto ‘Bobi’ Tiglao and Rappler are at war. It started with Tiglao’s eye-opening revelations on the sloppy — and borderline fraudulent — reporting by Rappler on the issue of the so-called “extrajudicial killings” (EJKs) supposedly running rampant in the Philippines. In How Rappler misled EU, Human […]

Filipino ‘journalists’ have no right to judge Rodrigo Duterte and misconstrue his statements

I think I need to diversify my Following and watch list on Twitter. All I see are a bunch of “journalists” shrieking about the statement of President Rodrigo Duterte regarding his views on “bad” journalists and the fate they supposedly deserve. Did Duterte really justify the killing of bad journalists? Who are we to judge? […]

The prosecution’s violations should compel the senators to call for a mistrial

The impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona goes on a break for five weeks for the Lenten season. You have to wonder why the Senate cannot even be flexible enough to delay the schedule of their regular hiatus considering the country is gripped with a matter that is of utmost importance that does not […]

Demetrio Vicente’s bonsai featured in 2000 Inquirer issue

Thank goodness for the brilliant technology of Google News! Barely two days after the venerable Philippine Daily Inquirer let loose a doozey of a front page in its 14th March 2012 issue where “unflattering” photos of Demetrio Vicente, a character witness called by the defense team in the trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona, were […]

On the lameness of the ‘apology’ of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

And we wonder why — no, we lament that — there is such an astounding culture of impunity in the Philippines. It is because for the trouble of acceding to an invitation to speak the truth before a panel of men in scarlet robes, private citizens cop ridicule from an institution we’ve for so long […]

Is the Philippine Daily Inquirer making fun of Demetrio Vicente’s physical challenges?

One thing I can absolutely say about the Senator Judges in the impeachment trial of Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona is that they have been a very respectful lot. Although there were some instances where witnesses were made uncomfortable by their lines of questioning (which is by nature part of the hazards of being […]