PNP Chief Bato dela Rosa has suddenly become the rockiest component of Duterte’s anti-crime drive

Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa is perhaps in his most precarious position to date. News recently came out that a Korean businessman, Jee Ick Joo, was found dead within Camp Crame, after being kidnapped from his home. Talk about this being a lucky break for President Rodrigo Duterte’s critics, in particular, […]

Human rights for hire

Human rights are universal, applying to all human beings, right?  Poor, rich, criminals, police, politicians, businessmen, shop owners, workers, students: everyone is entitled to the recognition and respect of his/her human rights.  Human rights law, and law enforcement, exist to protect all. In the Philippines, the call to respect human rights is being used to […]

Wait… Why blame Duterte? He’s not yet the President!

Are you crazy or just plain stupid? According to educator and philosopher, Paul J. Glenn (1933), some of the notable errors in thinking are “the careless acceptance of common and uncriticized opinions; prejudice; and inordinate predominance of personal preference”.1 This happens when a false is judged to be true and the true is judged to […]

Does Ateneo Blue Eagles player John Apacible deserve to be forgiven for his violent rampage?

What sorts of police do the Philippines deploy? If there is anything to be learned from the case of Ateneo de Manila University star basketball player John Apacible who went on a violent drunken rampage in the wee hours of last Sunday, it is that Philippine Police officers do not make us feel safe. A […]

Illegal Sale of Fuel Continues To Thrive In Cebu

The country is host to thousands of foreign multinational corporations. For the most part, these multi million and multi billion dollar businesses operate quietly and their activities rarely make it to the pages of newspapers. Sure, once in a while you will read about one foreign corporation or another posting enormous profits and then at […]

5 ways to decongest Metro Manila traffic

After neglecting the problem for nearly six years, it seems like the current government under President Benigno Simeon Aquino is finally addressing or at least acknowledging Metro Manila traffic congestion specially along Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) – the notorious highway once famous for street revolutions but is now looking more and more like […]

People like Alan Purisima exist because Filipinos allow them to

There is no justice in the Philippines. If it weren’t enough that the massacre of 44 police officers of the police’s elite Special Action Force was such an unnecessary tragedy, the reappointment of disgraced police chief Alan Purisima to his position as Philippine National Police (PNP) Director adds insult to national injury. Purisima figured significantly […]

Looking into the Bigger Picture behind the Mamasapano Incident and the BBL

It is not surprising that pundits, political analysts/scientists, opinion writers as well as government officials and a whole heap of politicians are quick to make commentaries and “analyses” on the Mamasapano encounter soon after it was brought to public attention. Expectedly, policians’ and government officials viewed the unfortunate event based on their limited political interests […]