When Social Media Ain’t Sosyal

A friend sent me a text message on the afternoon of October 4, the day when the second Million People March was supposed to have happened. “Hir na mi, wr na u?” (Translation, “I’m already here, where are you?”) I read the message while I was being kneaded and pummeled on a massage chair at […]

Changing our approach to activism: put the message under the limelight and the personalities backstage

In a study reported in a recent Fortune article the observation was made: “If you’re on Twitter a lot, and the people you know best are on Twitter a lot, it’s easy to delude yourself into thinking that the whole world is there with you.” This piece of insight is quite relevant to people and […]

The #MillionPeopleMarch Is Nothing But An Epic Brainfart

With all due respect and I apologize for saying this with an offensive tone, but I think it’s just stupid to keep on gathering in different parts of the country demanding the abolition of the pork barrel system and coming away with zip. The Million People March is kind of like a joke that I […]

Pork barrel thievery going unpunished as traditional Philippine activism fails

If the Philippines were a normal country, its government would be paralysed by now. We have a President who’s ability to govern fairly is complicated by his being part of a feudal clan that owns a vast northern Luzon plantation that is on the brink of insolvency and was found to have likely performed accounting […]

Malacañang mouthpiece Edwin Lacierda flip-flops on Congressional pork

First it was a dare to give up pork… [Quoted from Manila Standard Today.] Furthermore… Lacierda said it was also up to Congress to decide on the fate of the P27 billion in Priority Development Assistance Funds or PDAF in the proposed 2014 national budget. Then it was claiming that “elected representatives” know their constituencies […]

Jinggoy Estrada couldn’t care less where his pork goes

Quoted on an ABS-CBN News report… “It is not up to the senators to determine whether an NGO is bogus or not…” Well now. So the question is, “honourable” senators: Why then do you insist on being involved in the disbursement of “development” funds if you are not willing to be responsible for ensuring our […]

PNoy misled public on pork barrel funds: It’s still in the budget and legislators still want it

Tax evasion should not be a criminal offense anymore in the Philippines. After all, some of the country’s public servants, those who blatantly steal taxpayers’ money, do not get prosecuted or go to jail. It is even quite baffling how members of Congress made a big deal out of former Chief Justice Renato Corona’s undeclared […]

Pork, Paybacks and Picnics

Droves of tax-paying citizens flocked to Luneta and other public areas around the Philippines on Monday August 26, 2013 (coinciding with National Heroes Day) to protest the “Pork Barrel” scheme and allegations of corruption perhaps triggered by the recent exposure of P10-B Napoles Pork Barrel scam. The event was largely mobilized through the social media […]