Leila De Lima is to blame for persistence of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines

The way social media “activists” are chattering about the supposed sudden surge of “extrajudicial killings” (EJKs) in recent weeks, you’d think that the Philippines has descended into an orgy of vigilantism under current President Rodrigo Duterte. The fact is, EJKs have long been a business-as-usual feature of Filipino-style “justice”. Back in 2010, the Hong Kong-based […]

The Top 5 Achievements Of President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino

Well, here we go again with President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino trumpeting his alleged achievements in the last six years. He even goes as far as to claim that “no one can top his achievements” and both he and his followers continue to believe that he was the “best president the Philippines has ever had”. […]

How Our Apathy Is Destroying Our Country: A Friday Parable

Apathy, the mindset and act of simply not caring. It’s not so much an act of spite but an act of obliviousness. In fact, according to one quote, the opposite of love is not hate because even when you hate someone, you still think about them, right? However, when you’re apathetic towards someone, you simply don’t know and don’t […]

Stop judging people who cry for Paris!

When Kim Kardashian breaks a fingernail, the world gasps. Meanwhile, hundreds of young girls could be kidnapped and raped in places like Nigeria and Bangladesh. There’d be a token burst of indignation across social media and, perhaps if these girls are lucky, a mention on a big mainstream media new outlet. Beyond that, it is […]

APEC 2015: a time for Filipinos to reflect on their place in the global economy

What do ordinary Filipinos really want to get out of the imperative to “showcase” the Philippines’ best foot to the delegates of the coming Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum that Manila is hosting this year? For many, it will be an opportunity to go on an extended vacation, taking up the “encouragement” coming from […]

3 Themes Filipino Media Should Explore More

One night, I called out an acquaintance over her defense of infidelity-themed TV shows. Flustered and clearly offended when I stated that it may be worth looking into other genres and themes, she said that movies and series that talk about infidelity expose people to the truth about two-timing and other unsavory facts about married life. While […]

Torture and killings also happened after Martial Law particularly during the Aquino years

Every year during the anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law, a few articles come out from mainstream media reminding Filipinos about the “horrors” that came following its implementation by former President Ferdinand Marcos. I noticed that most of the articles describe the abuse perpetuated by the Philippine military or police back in the 1970s. […]

The Hypocrisy Of Wanting To Help Syrian Refugees

Just in the previous week, there has been much talk of the Syrian refugee problem especially after the drowned body of Aylan Kurdi (Allah bless his soul) was discovered. The heart-wrenching pictures of the dead boy has triggered much controversy around the world with some questioning why more developed countries like the U.S., Canada, Australia […]