Electioneering the 2016 Philippine presidential elections: will Filipinos continue the ‘bobotante’ tradition?

With just a little more than two years to go, electioneering for the 2016 Malacanang power grab is starting to get into the swing of things. As in the past, showbiz celebrities, unqualified politicans’ offspring, and dynasty heirs and heiresses persist as the banes of “activists” championing a more “intelligent” vote. As expected, the usual […]

Why Nancy Binay’s campaign is really no different to Noynoy Aquino’s 2010 presidential campaign

Well, ok, so lots of people are up in arms about the candidacy of Nancy Binay who, as the consensus amongst the chattering classes goes, has been deemed lacking in the needed chops to fill a Philippine senator’s seat. I wonder though how many of these armchair “activists” voted for current President Benigno Simeon “BS” […]

Philippine President Noynoy Aquino leads like a dim light shining in a darkened room

Rather than spell out absolute measures of what his recent series of overseas trips aim to achieve, Philippine President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino III justifies these by highlighting how much less mileage he’s so far racked up compared to former President Gloria Arroyo. That’s like a drunkard justifying the latest bottle of whisky he polished […]

RH Bill ‘debate’: When Tito Sotto says ‘jump’ Filipinos ask ‘How high?’

Whatever the content of Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto III’s anti-Reproductive Health Bill (RH Bill) speech broadcast via radio today was, the bottom line is quite simple: Tito Sotto is a celebrity. His impassioned speech delivered in Tagalog, the lingua franca of Philippine showbiz, will likely have resonated across the Filipino masses. Sure, he made debatable […]