Fidel Ramos is the reason Filipinos suffer from ‘human rights’ fatigue

Are “human rights” advocates pangit (“ugly”) as Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte asserts? It’s an interesting question considering that the “human rights” advocacy was once unanimously lauded as a beautiful initiative in Philippine society. This was back in the days when “fighting for human rights” was fashionable in the Philippiens — long long ago in 1986 […]

Remembering the Heroes of the Martial Law Era

“As of the twenty-third of this month, I signed Proclamation Number 1081 placing the entire Philippines under martial law” said President Ferdinand E. Marcos on that famous television broadcast 44 years ago today, September 23. Before the declaration of martial law, the country was in a state of upheaval. It was the middle of the […]

‘Unity’ is a double-edged sword President Rodrigo Duterte needs to wield carefully in his first 100 days

Here’s a thought. Let’s make use of the thinking of all these Martial Law Crybabies for a moment and start speculating as to what the first 100 days of President Rodrigo’s administration will be like. Specifically, let us consider this question: Will President Duterte push through the just resolution of all the crimes committed over […]

The Coco Levy Scam, Danding Cojuangco and Grace Poe

The Coco Levy Scam orchestrated by former President Ferdinand Marcos and his cronies (foremost of which was Danding Cojuangco) during the Marcos Dictatorship, taxed the coconut farmers in the guise of developing the coconut industry and alleviating the plight of the marginalized coconut farmer. Instead, the substantial funds generated from the Levy over the course […]

Dynasty activism: Anti-Marcos ‘activists’ disqualify politicians on the basis of their bloodlines!

Look no further than the venerable Fidel Ramos — former Philippine president and Army general extraordinaire. Today, nobody seems to remember him as one of the key implementors of former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos’s allegedly atrocious Martial Law regime. Why have people chosen to overlook Ramos’s past as a Martial Law chieftain? Simple. Because after […]

The TRUTH about Martial Law: Young Filipinos no longer believe that it was all bad!

The war for minds surrounding the 2016 elections now seems to be centred on how the last 30 years of “freedom” that was “won” in 1986 stacks up against the 20-year Martial Law regime of former President Ferdinand Marcos. You can see it in how much “lest we forget” messages that aim to “educate” the […]

#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 […]

Hijacking the 1986 EDSA Revolution

The country celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the 1986 EDSA “Revolution” under the deception that things have become better ever since the overthrow of the Marcos dictatorship. The celebrations have become so regular, so systematic, and so ingrained that the “EDSA Spirit” has become rather dogmatic. Leading the celebrations, as expected, is President BS Aquino […]