Feeding the Wolves

Last July 2016, both political parties in the United States had their respective National Conventions. The Republican National Convention (RNC) was from 18-21 July, while the Democratic National Convention (DNC) was a week later, 25-28 July. The Republican nominee for President is Donald Trump, while for the Democrats it is Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump is […]

Social media and the dismal state of Filipino activism and political commentary

Sad to say, Philippine “activism” hasn’t progressed much over the last several decades. The “movements” may have moved from the streets onto social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook, but the quality of the discourse has remained pathetically dismal. The venerable former blogger Dean Jorge Bocobo (DJB, a.k.a. @SagadaSun on Twitter), for example, has taken […]

Not even the Donald can Trump Filipino hypersensitivity!

Donald Trump, the Republican candidate for President of the United States (POTUS), caught the ire of the Filipino community recently, when he mentioned Filipinos in a speech as one among a bunch of “terrorist nations”. The Donald did get something partially right: dealing with Filipinos is like dealing with a bunch of animals. I haven’t […]

The status of the West Philippine Sea dispute now depends on the result of the elections in the United States

Incoming President Rodrigo Duterte has a lot to clean up after President BS Aquino leaves office this June 30. Besides traffic, political corruption, the Mindanao problem, power problems and typhoon rehabilitations, the incoming administration has a lot of problems to fix. And that includes Aquino’s failed foreign policy towards China. What Aquino did was take […]

Inequality is the engine of political change that society and government need to come to terms with

What is the biggest problem in the world today? ISIS? No. That is the effect of inequality. Drugs? No. That may be a cause of inequality, but more an effect as well. Over-population? No. The New York Times and other Think Tanks, who used to advocate mandated population control, now say poverty is the cause […]

Comparative Politics: Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Rodrigo Duterte and the rise of populist leaders

Yesterday, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte was officially proclaimed as the duly elected 16th President of the Philippines after defeating administration candidate ex-DILG Secretary Manuel “Mar” Araneta Roxas II. This, despite the administration’s clear and obvious attempt to cheat Duterte. Vice presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos was not lucky enough to get through the cheating by the administration. […]

International media should move on from Duterte’s rape joke and focus on the hard tasks ahead

Australian morning show Sunrise featured a segment on presumptive Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to discuss his win in the recent presidential elections. The show had an Australian political analyst named Dr Keith Suter as guest who speculated on what a Duterte President would be like. Even before he was introduced, the two hosts of the […]

Why Manny Pacquiao is better than Donald Trump

Why do Filipino Catholics live in sin? That’s a serious question. We all do, right? Most people I know go to mass every Sunday, say grace before meals, make the sign of the cross when they feel fearful or thankful, and, generally, regard themselves as Catholics. But here is what benign0 said in a recent […]