Do showbiz politics and ‘brown presidents’ make a good mix?

Things haven’t changed much in Philippine politics despite efforts to impart upon Filipino voters the finer cognitive skills involved in choosing their leaders. Of course, it is really foolish to expect more from candidates like Joseph ‘Erap’ Estrada and Jejomar ‘Jojo’ Binay… [Photo courtesy When in Manila.] Some people may express “shock” at such spectacular […]

Dynasty politics in the Philippines: why the outrage only now?

I’ve been seeing a lot of views being aired about the emerging sameness in how the coming 2013 elections is being shaped by traditional Philippine politics. This time, the buzzword is “dynasties” — how the sons and daughters of aging politicians are stepping up to claim the offices and realms held and ruled respectively by […]

Lawmakers who rushed to pass Cybercrime Law are now rushing to amend it

There is enough evidence to suggest that the passing of the Cybercrime Law was railroaded or rushed to avoid further scrutiny by the members of Congress. First, Senator Chiz Escudero quickly admitted “it was a personal oversight that the clause including libel among the crimes punishable under the new law was inserted in the committee […]

Martial Law in the Philippines: ‘But here’s the point…’

The following is a portion of Bong Bong Marcos’ statement in his Facebook account early Friday morning, September 21, 2012. His father signed Proclamation No. 1081, proclaiming a state of Martial Law in the Philippines, on September 21, 1972, exactly 40 years ago. We cannot change “yesterday” any more than we can foretell what the […]

Some Senators who found Corona guilty committed worse crimes than what he was accused of

Filipinos won’t be able to move on from the impeachment trial of former Chief Justice Renato Corona for a while. First, some are still on high alert keeping tabs on the petitioning of President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino III along with the rest of the public servants who haven’t done so to finally sign a […]

All in the family: father-son-brother tandems that impeached Corona

The Philippines indeed is a glitzy world of dynastic politics. The following signatories to the impeachment complaint of former Philippine Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona (of a total 188 signatories) are direct relatives of three Senator-Judges during the trial — Senators Edgardo Angara, Jinggoy Estrada, and Juan Ponce Enrile — who voted to issue […]