The Yellowtards’ OBSOLETE fear and loathing of the Philippine military

Yellowtards have become a confused lot. The root cause of this confusion is their long-obsolete Laban (“fight”) rhetoric which remains the primary pillar of their ideology. To Yellowtards, everything is a “fight” against the Establishment. Even when they are in power, most recently under former President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino III, they still see themselves […]

Duterte should stop making ‘rape jokes’ for the sake of the Filipino people

I think it is unfortunate that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte cannot help himself and the people who support him win over his critics. In fact, he seems to be intentionally needling or provoking his detractors to react with more outrage. In a speech in front of the soldiers of the 2nd Mechanized Infantry (Magbalantay) Brigade […]

Mandatory military training in Ph schools needed to toughen up ‘temperamental’ millennials

I had an epiphany today. I found out that ROTC (a.k.a. Citizen’s Military Training or CMT or Citizen’s Army Training or CAT) hasn’t been mandatory in Philippine schools since 2001. And so I thought, holy shit, that explains a lot about the quality of Filipino “millennials” today! I realise now that mixed into the cocktail […]

Trump Win Highlights Failure of Bratty Conyo Idealism

A lot of my colleagues already mentioned that the vote for Donald Trump is more of a troll or contrarian vote. It is not a vote for something, but a vote against something. It is a vote that Trump supporters wielded against what they feel is unfair imposition on them by others, such as liberals. […]

Blame It On Yaya

Let’s admit it. We’re soft. By we, I am talking about us urban middle class and upper-middle class Filipinos. There are many reasons for this, all imbedded in Philippine culture. I submit some obvious ones for your consideration: 1) Growing up with maids – From birth, we have relied on our poorer countrymen to literally […]

What The Hague?! Philippines helped China build structures on disputed islands in the South China Sea

I first read it on some obscure website months ago. Knowing that one has to be careful about what one reads online nowadays, I waited for mainstream media to pick it up before taking it seriously. Unfortunately, it has taken years before they did. Just this week, Philippine mainstream media finally publicised reports about how […]

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 […]

Mga katanungan tungkol sa Philippines vs. China arbitration case

1. ANO ANG SOVEREIGNTY? Ang ibig sabihin ng sovereignty ay full and absolute control and authority within a territory. Ang territory ng isang bansa ay nagtatapos sa kanyang territorial waters, 12 nautical miles mula sa kanyang baseline. Pati ang airspace, bed at subsoil ng territorial waters ay kasama rin sa territory ng isang bansa. Sa […]