Philippine blogging and social media in the time of President Rodrigo Duterte

Now that the smoke belched by Election 2016 has cleared people seem to be reflecting on what just happened. It seems some of them have taken to taking stock of the social media landscape to try to make sense of and possibly shed light into what exactly got into Filipino voters’ heads. The underlying thinking […]

Decriminalisation or repeal of libel law: It’s about time the Philippines becomes a modern country

It is not surprising that Philippine President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino III wholeheartedly supports criminal libel in the Philippines. Luis Teodoro, BusinessWorld columnist and former dean of the College of Mass Communications of the University of the Philippines, wrote in a 2003 article about how the spectre of harassment-by-libel emerged in the Philippine scene so […]

Bishops oppose opening in Manila of ‘Corpus Christi’, a play depicting Jesus Christ as gay

The latest outrage fad in the Philippines currently being stirred up by self-described champions of freedom and secularism is a campaign being mounted by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) against the showing of the American stage play Corpus Christi in the Philippines. Corpus Christi is a passion play by Terrence McNally dramatizing […]

Youth Party-list Representative Raymond Palatino Doesn’t Have a Prayer

So Youth Party-list Representative Raymond Palatino introduced a bill banning religious ceremonies and symbols in government buildings and institutions. Palatino states that his bill: “…just wants to implement the constitutional provision on freedom of religion where the state should remain neutral and cannot favor any religion. There should be no state-sanctioned religious ceremonies”. Supporters of […]

Pinoy religious groups go Gaga

Pinoy hypocrisy has reared its ugly head – again. Just when I was wondering when we were going to hear from the Roman Catholic Church of the Philippines about banning or boycotting Lady Gaga’s upcoming concert here in the Philippines, lo and behold. Protests apparently erupted last Friday, which were staged by at least one […]

Bloggers stifling freedom of expression? Not what it seems

Picture this: you’re a moderator/participant in a round table discussion. Someone has just brought up a very controversial point. Another person takes offense at this in one way or another, and rebuts. As the rebuttals go back and forth, you notice that they have strayed off topic, and it has become a contest of whose […]