Has Joseph ‘Erap’ Estrada changed for the better?

It seemed like an eternity ago that Joseph “Erap” Estrada was a whipping boy of the Philippines’ chattering classses. The late Teddy Benigno summed up the pickle — what he called “Our Crisis” — Filipino voters had gotten themselves into when they voted Erap to the presidency in 1998… As many of us in the […]

Erap’s ban on provincial buses reportedly lauded as first step to decongesting Metro Manila

Newly-minted Manila mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada comes up with a quick win to solve Manila’s traffic mess. Reportedly part of “a grand plan to ease traffic congestion in the capital”, a new council resolution implemented by Erap’s city government bans “the entry of provincial and metro buses without private terminals in the city”. The City […]

Erap Estrada: A Crude Attempt at Revisionist History

Just because he’s managed to fool a bunch of idiots to vote for him again, he thinks he can twist, twirl and convolute history as he pleases. The nerve. He has the gall to compare himself to Nelson Mandela, Anwar Ibrahim, Aung San Suu Kyi and Ninoy Aquino. Visit: Erap Takes Oath… “This is another […]

Do showbiz politics and ‘brown presidents’ make a good mix?

Things haven’t changed much in Philippine politics despite efforts to impart upon Filipino voters the finer cognitive skills involved in choosing their leaders. Of course, it is really foolish to expect more from candidates like Joseph ‘Erap’ Estrada and Jejomar ‘Jojo’ Binay… [Photo courtesy When in Manila.] Some people may express “shock” at such spectacular […]

Democracy in the Philippines and the victorious return of Joseph Ejercito ‘Erap’ Estrada!

Funny when we recall how back in April 2001, Howie Severino wrote how just “months later” in the aftermath of a second Edsa ‘revolution’, deposed President Joseph Ejercito Estrada “was grimly posing for a mug shot in Camp Crame.” Then he was shown lying on a cot inside a cell with wire mesh windows. The […]

Hallelujah I Have Seen The Light!

  Your perceptions will not change reality, but simply color it.   Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem (2002)       I just had what alcoholics call a moment of clarity.   To think that once I could not see beyond the veil of our reality… to see those who dwell behind. I was once a […]

Is compassion misapplied in Philippine society?

The definition of compassion that is common to several sources is that it is a feeling of deep sympathy and/or empathy for the misfortune of others. If we want to further go down this line of thought, then eventually we find ourselves face to face with the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would […]