CJ Lourdes Sereno faces the wrath of a Filipino public clamouring for her impeachment

The impeachment “trial” of Supreme Court Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno is an exercise that is political in nature — because it is a process conducted in and governed by Congress where popularity holds currency (in contrast to trials done in a court of law where standards to ensure logic and reason prevail are higher and […]

Outrage over Leni Robredo’s bimbo antics offer opportunities that require clear minds to exploit

Filipinos are up in arms following “vice president” Leni Robredo’s monumental gaffe of a video to the United Nations in which she painted the Philippines as a failed state and made statements just short of inviting foreign agents to intervene in her country’s domestic affairs. Indeed, for a purported “vice president” to suggest that her […]

Proposed articles of impeachment against “vice president” Leni Robredo #LeniLeaks

Assuming for argument’s sake that Leni Robredo actually is the duly-elected vice president of the Philippines, there are possible grounds for lodging an impeachment complaint against her just six months into the new administration. * * * Article 1.0: Conspiring to disrupt public order by way of tacit tolerance of agents mounting efforts to incite […]

Why ousting Duterte will be disastrous for the Philippines

What’s up with all this talk about ousting sitting Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte? That’s a no-brainer. There are certain people and parties so hungry for power that the campaign to seize Malacanang had not ended in May 2016. So it is hardly surprising that, rather than work with the incumbent Duterte administration, the Opposition seek […]

CJ Corona’s death: selective justice under the Aquino govt explains why Duterte’s vigilante style is popular

The death of former Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona is a reminder to Filipinos that there is no justice in the Philippines — unless of course you take matters into your own hands or proactively seek it by using your connections in the Justice Department and law enforcement agencies. Because patronage politics is rife […]

Here is why President Rodrigo Duterte can legally kill criminals in the Philippines

The cornerstone of presidential candidate and former Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign is a promise to curb galloping national crime rates that have left Filipinos gripped by fear. According to Duterte, his presidential term will be “bloody”, presumably said blood spilt when he makes good on his promise to kill criminals. How exactly is […]

#EDSA30: What I’ve seen, heard and, now, think after 30 years

(Note: This post is actually meant to be just a comment to Mike Portes’s latest article. But since it is long, I opted to post is as an article. And I wrote the recollection parts purely from memory.) It was exactly 30 years ago. Allow me to share as an ordinary citizen how I viewed it and […]

Why Philippine President Noynoy Aquino should resign

The administration of President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III should end now. But it should end in accordance with the due process now upheld by the admittedly strong institutional frameworks the Philippines now enjoys. Within these institutionalised processes are mechanisms for removing a president that like President BS Aquino today, has evidently suffered a catastrophic […]