Atimonan Quezon checkpoint massacre: police shootout or underworld rubout?

Another plot for a future Filipino action film is unfolding. Thirteen people died in a shootout that occurred in Atimonan, Quezon Province. The thirteen people were allegedly in two vehicles that stopped at a checkpoint manned by a team composed of a mixture of police officers and army personnel led by police Supt. Hansel Marantan. […]

The world ended for many Filipinos in 2012

After taking a short break during the Christmas season, Philippine President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino is reportedly back feeling “recharged”. It’s been a busy 2012 for the President and his allies, indeed. He has been sick quite a few times during the year and it was a sign that his health was not a hundred […]

Top lesson Filipinos have learned after two years of PNoy: Never trust anyone who says ‘trust me’

There is a saying: “Never trust anyone who says ‘trust me’.” Recent events have proven this statement true. On the mere basis of his pedigree and family name, then presidential candidate Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino III repeatedly assured the electorate that he could be trusted. And they did. The man is now President of the […]

The Lucky One: Rico Puno – it pays to be a presidential buddy

It’s good to have friends in high places. At least that is the case in Philippine society. Having very important people backing you can help you get what you want in your career or your business. If one doesn’t have friends in the right places, it would be harder to get things going for one’s […]

Democracy offers Filipinos a mere illusion of choice

The trouble with democracy is that it gives people a false sense of power over their individual destinies. That is a dangerous delusion we are nurturing in the minds of what in reality are an utterly powerless people. The deeper agendas behind entire governments — for example, Philippine President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino III’s mission […]

All eyes on DILG Undersecretary Rico Puno as reports of shady business linked to Robredo’s death surface

Following reports that police officers led by Department of Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Rico Puno had tried to “raid” the late Secretary Jesse Robredo’s apartment just a day after his fatal plane crash, an ABS-CBN News report has revealed that Robredo had in fact been investigating an arms deal that involved Puno… ABS-CBN News […]