A call for Noynoy Aquino to be The Apologetic President in the coming SONA

This month, July 2015, President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino (more popularly known simply as PNoy) will deliver his last State of the Nation Address (SONA). It is being billed as a legacy speech as he is supposed to sum up his accomplishments. PNoy’s last four SONAs have been forgettable. They have been typically a laundry […]

Dishonesty and foolishness have resulted in preventable tragedies in the Philippines

A mistake is an act or judgment that is misguided or wrong. Everyone makes mistakes. While some of our mistakes have little to no consequence, we can make mistakes that have bigger consequences that could actually change the course of our lives or even other people’s lives. We definitely have to live with the consequences […]

Crisis of accountability: Murad Ebrahim and BS Aquino hide behind the Lack-of-Control clause

Apologists are increasingly painting themselves into a corner. They plead “good intentions” on behalf of the people they are apologising for rather than focus on good old-fashioned accountability. 44 officers of the Philippine police’s Special Action Force (SAF) are dead, the victims of a massacre they suffered under the hands of Islamic terrorists in Mindanao […]

3 dead at conclusion of Martin Place Siege in Sydney

When I woke up this morning, I turned on the news and found out three people died at about 2 a.m. in a Martin Place cafe at the heart of Sydney’s Central Business District. Around 2 a.m. local time (1500 GMT on Monday), at least six people believed to have been held captive managed to […]

Philippines’ justice system on trial, President Aquino suppresses international inquiry

What unfortunate timing. Just as the Philippines is under the microscope for its world-renowned snail-paced justice system and lack of overall transparency, its president, Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III, reportedly blacklists nine Hong Kong journalists from entry into the Philippines. The banning of the journalists is on account of how they allegedly “heckled President Benigno […]

Filipino maids banned from using elevators in Manila’s luxury condos!

The management of an Icon Residences luxury condominium building in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig has been called out for what Filipino netizens allege are “discriminatory” building access policies. A certain Poch Ceballos posted a photo on Facebook of a letter issued by the building management with the following caption: When Filipino maids in HK […]

Filipinos need to stop inserting themselves into Hong Kong’s #UmbrellaRevolution

Or any other country’s democracy-oriented drive, for that matter. Admittedly, watching the unfolding of the Hong Kong protests – dubbed the Umbrella Revolution – gets one’s curiosity easily piqued. Given that the protesters have been issued an ultimatum to clear the streets, outside observers are hoping that things don’t end tragically. When the world recalls […]

Why Hong Kong’s #UmbrellaRevolution is unlikely to move Beijing

The People’s Republic of China (PRC) has taken its all-too-familiar stand on the issue of unrest in Hong Kong remaining consistent with its standard approach to managing and negotiating issues of sovereignity over its territories. “I’d like to reiterate that Hong Kong is a special administrative region (SAR) of China, and Hong Kong affairs fall […]