Bangsamoro deal: Were Filipino Muslims in Mindanao screwed by the Philippine and Malaysian governments?

With the Bangsamoro “framework agreement” set to be “signed” this month, the Philippines is supposedly on its way towards achieving a future of peace and harmony with and amongst its Muslim minority peoples. It is, supposedly, a political win for Philippine President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino III and Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, […]

The Philippines’ feudal politics: How ‘different political backgrounds’ proved fatal to Typhoon Haiyan’s victims

Accounts of how the Philippines’ renowned brand of feudal politics came into play in the virtual paralysis of relief efforts in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan (a.k.a. Yolanda) are emerging. Tacloban City mayor Alfred Romualdez testifying before Congress reported how red tape and stonewalling from Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mar Roxas […]

Five reasons why Filipinos blame Noynoy Aquino for everything

Well, the inevitable is happening. More and more Filipinos are starting to blame everything on Philippine President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino and his administration. Just like how most Filipinos blamed — or keep blaming — former President Gloria Arroyo for all the ills in the land, the number of men and women who are starting […]

Filipinos in Sabah left hanging as PNoy dithers under the weight of conflicts of interest

Thus endeth Malaysia’s foray into Philippine internal affairs concerning Mindanao. “The Malaysian government has Filipino blood in their hands now. We can no longer rely on them to be an independent and objective third party as we pursue peace in Mindanao,” Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez reportedly said. This was after Malacañang affirmed Malaysia’s continued role […]

Epic fail: Philippine and Malaysian govts continue to botch the handling of the Sabah crisis

The fighting in Malaysia’s Sabah province could be turning into a massive humanitarian crisis the likes of which the otherwise prosperous region hasn’t seen in decades. As sketchy reports of abuses perpetrated by Malaysian security forces allegedly purging the state of Filipino nationals get traded amongst “concerned” individuals on the Net, the Philippine government has […]

THE SABAH ISSUE: The Betrayal to the Republic of the Philippines of Mr. Aquino

I concur with the statement of the Anonymous Philippines (February 28th) that President Aquino’s February 26, 2013 statement on Sabah Issue is problematic. In fact, I will even argue that the pronouncement of Mr. Aquino is unpatriotic and treasonous. Whatever little respect I have in him is completely gone the very moment I heard him […]

In ignoring Sultan Kiram, President Noynoy Aquino did treat him as a terrorist

In a press conference, Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte insisted that Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary, Albert del Rosario did not call Raja Muda Agbimuddin Kiram III and his men terrorists. The problem with Valte’s statement is that, first, it is coming from someone who has lost much of her credibility. Most, if not all, […]

Sabah debacle: The Philippine ‘Teflon’ Government of President Noynoy Aquino

You sometimes wonder how much of the foreign press is under the payroll of the Philippine and Malaysian governments considering the sort of slants they lend to the “reports” they publish about a region they presume to know… The Philippine government said Tuesday it had tried bring a peaceful end to the standoff by sending […]