Reports of LP’s P2M deal with Kian delos Santos’s parents explode!

Reports that the Liberal Party (LP) had offered two million pesos to Saldy and Lorenza delos Santos, parents of murdered teenager Kian, to join protest rallies against Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte are making the rounds! There are even reports that the plan was hatched in the Aquino residence at Times Square Street in New Manila. […]

A simple social grace extended by Duterte to Kian’s parents made all the difference

The irony that escapes Yellowtards is that they now see themselves as “victims” of a system they supposedly “fought” for. If only somebody had warned them back in their golden years that spanned the 1980s through the 1990s and the 2000s: Be careful what you wish for. Indeed, everything they are now tearing their hair […]

Meeting the parents: #JusticeForKian no longer lies with Duterte’s critics

The problem with how president Rodrigo Duterte’s critics have approached opposition to the anti-drug campaign is that they assert a few things that they have yet to prove a definitive causal link to: a) that the killings are state-sanctioned, and; b) that Duterte himself has encouraged impunity. So when the death of the young Kian […]

#JusticeForKian campaign outed as a sham after Duterte meeting with Kian’s parents

Suffice to say, news that that the parents of the late Kian delos Santos, Saldy and Lorenza, met with President Rodrigo Duterte in Malacanang knocked the wind right out of the sails of an Opposition campaign to demonise the Philippine leader. A tweet fielded by a certain JR Castillo encapsulates the collective dismay of a […]

No celebrated Filipino national hero died fighting

It’s been more than a year into the presidency of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and the Opposition remains a ragtag clique of whiney self-described “temperamental brats” who agree on only one thing: What the Philippines should not be. To be more precise, the Opposition are united around a conveniently-simplified notion that the Philippines should not […]

Risa Hontiveros could be guilty of illegal detention and witholding evidence from the police!

According to this Inquirer report, Senator Risa Hontiveros, “with the help of an institution”, took custody of the family of Kian Delos Santos who was allegedly killed by police officers in a botched anti-drug operation. According to the same report, “witnesses” to this killing were also taken by Hontiveros’s office. It seems Hontiveros, in so […]

Lessons Duterte could learn from the past admin to contain the Kian Loyd Delos Santos issue

The way things are looking, seventeen year-old Kian Loyd Delos Santos, who was killed in a police operation last week, could become the latest rallying artifact of the Philippine Opposition. The key principle that underlies this latching onto Delos Santos are the ideas that (1) he was killed in a police anti-drug operation (2) amidst […]

Filipinos shrieking #JusticeForKian are turning Kian Loyd Delos Santos into a sad political agenda

The tragedy that befell 17-year-old Kian Loyd Delos Santos allegedly in the hands of Philippine police officers is truly an outrage. No kid deserves to die that way. And so it is, like in any society that aspires to be a truly just and modern one, imperative that justice be sought for the wrongful death […]