Five Routes to the Presidency in the Philippines

With Mayor Rody Duterte’s trail-blazing ascent to the presidency, we may have to rewrite the books on the ins and outs of politics in the country. He was from a marginalized region of the country way down South with a thick Visayan accent, had no pocket money of his own to launch a national campaign, came into […]

Let us all stop judging Rodrigo Duterte using traditional standards

Indeed, the photos streaming into our newsfeeds tell it all. Our eyes don’t tell lies, and it is upsetting when there are attempts to put the crowd estimates at less than a million. Have they forgotten crowd estimates during Pope visits and other events when mammoth crowds converge in Luneta? Or, were those estimates wrong? […]

Massive crowd at Duterte Grand Rally marks the end of an era and the coming of change

The photos streaming into our newsfeeds tell it all. Coverage of Rodrigo Duterte’s miting de avance at the Luneta Park in Manila consisted of a lot of wide-angle, even aerial, photos of massive crowds. In contrast, photo coverage of Mar Roxas’s rally at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City consisted of underwhelming shots of […]

3 Big Things That Will Happen Should A Duterte-Marcos Tandem Win The 2016 Election

Tension and excitement continues to rise as election day edges ever closer. Already, the LP is playing every hand it can to bring down the opposition but it’s quite clear that anything they do now simply amounts to shoveling sand against an oncoming tidal wave. Heck, President Aquino even claims that he’ll start another People […]

Mar Roxas’s calls for unity against Duterte a sign of desperation

In a move everyone is calling desperate and pathetic, Presidential candidate Mar Roxas appealed to the second most popular candidate, Senator Grace Poe to unite against the most popular candidate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. In a press conference, Roxas called on Poe to make the ultimate sacrifice to thwart a “looming dictatorship”. “I call […]

Mar Roxas offer to Grace Poe to ‘unite’ against Duterte backfires badly!

Such a bald act of desperation! Mar Roxas’s idea of reaching out to rival Grace Poe in these presidential elections is to issue a veiled request for her to back down from the race for the sake of “unity”. Roxas, of course, has consistently trailed Poe in various credible surveys. So it does not make […]

Clueless Noynoy Aquino doesn’t understand why Filipinos hate Daang Matuwid

Even as his days in Malacanang are about to end in a matter of weeks, Philippine President Benigno  Simeon Aquino remains utterly clueless as to why the voters are now rejecting his Daang Matuwid mantra, which his bet and former cabinet member Mar Roxas has promised to continue if elected as the next President. In a […]

Mar Roxas’s fatal campaign error: Selling continuity to a people who wanted change

It should have been obvious from the onset. Filipinos are not happy with the status quo under which they slog through life in the Philippines. Day-to-day, they are beaten down by rampant crime, imprisoned by gridlocked traffic, cowed by Islamic terrorism, and deeply embarrassed by an inability of their own armed forces to protect their […]