Aquino government’s failures made Philippine problems harder to fix

I was compelled to start blogging in 2009 about Philippine politics and culture after I read a report that former President Benigno Simeon Aquino III who was then still a Senator announced that he will be running for President in 2010. I found it extremely ridiculous that the reason why he decided to run was […]

Demonizing political enemies is a tradition of the Aquino gov’t that De Lima was a part of

After being ousted as chairman of the Senate Justice Committee, Leila De Lima is, predictably, playing the victim card, claiming that she no longer “feels safe”… De Lima said she was not confident whether Philippines security agencies would protect her. “Can I rely on the government and (Philippines National Police) for safety or (National Bureau […]

De Lima should learn from Arroyo how to suffer with quiet dignity when under fire

It’s beginning to emerge that there was a rivalry between gang leaders Herbert Colangco and Jaybee Sebastian within the New Bilibid Prison. It seems, in the midst of all that, Sebastian emerged as the one favoured for coddling by the Philippine Government during the administration of former President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III. Senator Leila […]

F U to the EU, says Duterte

So anti-Duterte Senator Leila De Lima has been ousted as the chairman of the Senate Justice Committee. Although the main reasons why De Lima’s colleagues removed the chairmanship from her were about her bias, her misuse of the Senate to advance her political vendetta against the President, and her poor handling of the investigation on […]

De Lima a failure as head of the CHR and DOJ, now also a failure as a senator

“I might be jumping to conclusions, but what if it is true?” Those are the words of Senator Leila De Lima in her privilege speech right after she said “The implication is that we have a group of serial killers and mass murderers right within the ranks of the organization which is supposed to protect […]

De Lima’s ouster and Trillanes’s apology: Bullying and mudslinging no longer tolerated in the Senate

Senator Leila De Lima is finding out the hard way that, in politics, it is better to be likeable than to be “right”. This is after sixteen of her colleagues voted to remove her from the chairmanship of the Senate Justice Committee. De Lima, after all, is a newbie, yet her demeanour of late outsizes […]

Schadenfreude of the Elites: People who want Duterte to fail

Schadenfreude: Substantiv, feminin – boshafte Freude über das Missgeschick, Unglück eines andern. (Translation: Noun, feminine – malicious pleasure over the misfortune, mishap of someone else.)* An elite class that is free to operate without limits – whether limits imposed by the rule of law or fear of the responses from those harmed by their behavior […]

De Lima’s investigation on EJKs has become a demolition job against Duterte

Senate hearings reveal a lot about Philippine society. They reveal the ugly side of Filipinos. Watching the exchanges between senators make you realise that some senators, especially the ones allied with the Liberal Party, are motivated by their lust for power and not by their desire to see a better Philippines. Take the case of […]