Leni Robredo’s vindictiveness and false humility a turnoff to voters

Congresswoman and Vice Presidential candidate Leni Robredo insists that she doesn’t have any ambition to seek the Presidency. She said it like harboring such an ambition is a bad thing. She brags about being the only one among the candidates who does not aspire to seek any post higher than the vice presidency. I suppose […]

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 […]

Gwendolyn Garcia may have Pedro Calungsod on her side but Noynoy is still Chief of the Armed Forces

Flawed in its execution or not, Malacañang had come out locked and loaded when it ordered Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia suspended for alleged “grave abuse of authority” on the 19th December 2012. Yet ten days later, what could’ve been a clean strike has turned into a quagmire. What’s the big delay anyway? If the government […]

Too Much Power Concentrated in Manila

The ongoing conflict between the DILG and Governor Gwen Garcia of Cebu has highlighted one of the fundamental problems we have in our system of government: too much centralization. Here you have a sitting governor (who is to end her term in six months) being disciplined for an offense that happened a long time ago. […]

Cebu’s Gwen Garcia vs Tarlac’s Noynoy Aquino: starting 2013 with another circus!

As Malacañang would have us believe, Gwendolyn Garcia is a very bad person — bad enough to be summarily suspended from her her position as duly-elected Governor of Cebu for a period of six months. That is enough time for the 2013 elections to come to pass with Cebu under the watch of now “acting […]

Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia in showdown with Aquino government

What is happening in Cebu? Apparently there is some sort of a lockdown going on complete with riot police and wire barricades in front of the governor’s office. Cebu governor Gwendolyn Garcia has locked herself in her office and been there for a few days now in defiance of the suspension order served to her […]

The Lucky One: Rico Puno – it pays to be a presidential buddy

It’s good to have friends in high places. At least that is the case in Philippine society. Having very important people backing you can help you get what you want in your career or your business. If one doesn’t have friends in the right places, it would be harder to get things going for one’s […]

DILG Undersecretary Rico Puno linked to blacklisted international arms dealer

You’d think that a meeting with China with which the Philippines is in the middle of a military showdown over rival claims on several groups of islands in the West Philippine Sea would be high on the agenda for the Philippine president. That Philippine President Benigno “BS” Aquino III could actually find the time to […]