Trillanes and other Duterte critics doomed to fail due to use of false information

Members of the Philippine Opposition are getting desperate. They are down to using their last bullet, which is to paint President Rodrigo Duterte as corrupt. Their allies in mainstream media are trying their best to help drive that message. You can see it in their headlines. “Ombudsman probes Duterte family’s wealth” says one of the […]

URGENT memo to the Duterte Government: Get your communications machine in shape!

Still, there is no substitute for good communications and intelligent messaging. This is, after all, the information age — a time when the best-intentioned initiatives can crumble under the weight of a single ill-timed or ill-thought-out pitch to the public and the most vile ideas can be delivered in a neat pastel-coloured package and propagated […]

Everywhere There’s Lots Of Piggies Living Piggy Lives

  Everywhere there’s lots of piggies living piggie lives, You can see them out for dinner with their piggie wives, Clutching forks and knives to eat their bacon. The Beatles      For me it always begins and ends with “kung walang corrupt walang mahirap”. In one sentence this election slogan promised an end to […]

Local Similarities With The Taliban?

    Nick Naylor: My job requires a certain… moral flexibility. From the film Thank You For Smoking (2005)     What were you doing on your 16th birthday? If you are as old as me maybe you were marveling at the recent implementation of indoor plumbing. Regardless of age I doubt you were addressing […]

Sabah debacle: The Philippine ‘Teflon’ Government of President Noynoy Aquino

You sometimes wonder how much of the foreign press is under the payroll of the Philippine and Malaysian governments considering the sort of slants they lend to the “reports” they publish about a region they presume to know… The Philippine government said Tuesday it had tried bring a peaceful end to the standoff by sending […]

Premature ERickyulation

  Do you have any idea how the Nobel Peace Prize came to be? Back in 1888 Ludvig Nobel  died and a newspaper printed what would have been Alfred’s  obituary. He had this moment of clarity and made a conscious effort to alter his legacy.   Alfred Nobel was the Swedish chemist who made his […]

Gloria Arroyo inadvertently exposes Noynoy Aquino’s true character

In dealing with your enemy, the best weapon is patience. Vindication could take a while but time will eventually reveal the true nature of your opponent. When you feel that your enemy is unfairly prosecuting you, do not worry. You won’t even have to say much because insecure people in general have this tendency to […]

Noynoy Aquino’s WEF ‘harvest’ in Davos: Where are the results?

The behaviour of a large complex system like the Philippine economy cannot be described using the preferred indicators of a world economic body that mainly represents the interests of the global private sector. Even less credible are people who rely on the much-vaunted Gross Domestic Product (GDP) metric as the kernel of their efforts to […]