Is there such a thing as a part-time Roman Catholic?

In the coming Easter season (“holy week” to Filipinos), there is, again, a call to reflect on our spirituality and what it means to be Catholic. To most Filipinos, being a “good” Catholic is to go through the motions of what Catholic dogma dictates. And in this season of prayers and visita iglesias and avoiding […]

Is Philippine House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez saying extra-marital affairs are “normal”?

Current Speaker of the Philippine House of Representative Pantaleón Álvarez recently came under fire after his extramarital affair was exposed. To be precise, he copped some flak from some sectors of society, but not all. Apparently, it was an “open-secret” in Congress that Alvarez has a girlfriend, but for some “reason”, presumably because he is […]

Filipinos should be happy that God told Duterte to stop swearing

So did God speak to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte? Maybe he did, and maybe he didn’t. What is the point in being fixated on a personal matter between a man and his god? Filipinos, after all, like to think they maintain a “personal” relationship with one god or another. Is Duterte any different from the […]

Why morality, decency, and civility have been discredited in Philippine society

To be ‘moral’. To be ‘decent’. To be ‘civil’. These are noble aspirations. Unfortunately for Filipinos, these three words were hijacked by Philippine politics’ Yellow Camp — people who are staunchly loyal (no, beholden) to the Liberal Party and its chief cast of characters, the Aquinos. Perhaps this is the reason that the a majority […]

How The Mainstream Philippine Media Is Killing Our Cultural Identity And Imagination

It’s that time of the year again and while a lot of us are busy with preparing for Christmas, I’m busying myself with creating Halloween stories to tell for those who may want to listen. As I’ve said many times before, my year simply doesn’t feel complete without a period of fearful stories and mysterious […]

Senator De Lima Vs. The Culture Of Self-Righteousness In The Philippines

Well ladies and gentlemen, the cat is now out of the bag and Senator De Lima now faces not just charges of fraud but also, apparently, adultery. Now, I’m going to admit that yes, I do dislike Senator Leila De Lima. I find her mishandling and misuse of “human rights” disgusting. I find the way […]

President Rodrigo Duterte is Leila de Lima’s and the Liberal Party’s worst nightmare

There’s a slugfest going on in the Philippines between President Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Leila De Lima. After Duterte exposed De Lima’s alleged affair with her personal driver, De Lima went on to counter it by saying the President is engaging in character assassination. Her supporters were equally shocked and outraged that Duterte would resort […]

The REAL reason why killing is easy in the Philippines

“Human rights” is the current rallying cry of the Philippines’ “civil society” today. This renewed interest is backdropped by the noticeable escalation in the number of homicide cases reported in the media recently which, activists allege, can be traced back to words of encouragement supposedly issued by no less than President Rodrigo Duterte himself. So […]