Trump’s visit a blow to Duterte’s critics

Despite the efforts by members of the Opposition to stop it, the much awaited visit by United States President Donald Trump finally happened during the 2017 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit. President Rodrigo Duterte’s critics did not want Trump to visit the Philippines for various reasons. For one, Trump’s visit would overshadow their […]

Duterte, Rappler, Utos ni bossing, and Tone-deafness

Singing karaoke-style is of course, a staple of Filipino hospitality. Quite a few Filipinos, I can imagine, will vividly remember being forced by their parents to, ignominiously, sing for a house guest. When Filipinos grow up, either karaoke machines, or on occasion, a live band, provides the means through which they can “showcase” their musical […]

Ph Opposition commentary on #ASEAN2017 fails to pass standards of INTELLIGENT discourse

True to form, self-described critics of the government of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte have taken positions, presumably over the duration of this year’s summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) hosted in Manila, to aim their sniper scopes at the events. As snipers would do, they are putting every quip, gesture, and nuance […]

Why Filipinos should support Harry Roque, their new presidential spokesman

The trouble with “thought leaders” of the Philippine Opposition is that they often think and behave like spurned adolescent lovers more than rational adults. The way they launched into a shrieking fit over the recent move of renowned human rights lawyer Harry Roque into the Malacanang team reeks of vindictiveness and lacks any semblance of […]

How Noynoy’s incompetence made Duterte happen

The regime of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte happened not because of a template for “dictatorship” cut by vintage 1970s “tyrant” Ferdinand Marcos. Duterte “happened” because he represented a voters’ swing to an alternative to the status quo overseen by the progeny governments of the 1986 “people power revolution”. That revolution promised Filipinos change. Instead it […]

This year’s CBCP Halloween stunt: ‘A Night of Horror during Duterte’s Time’

It is quite laughable the way Inquirer columnist Rina Jimenez-David in her opinion piece today trumpets the role of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) in “leading” yet another political stunt (disguised as a religious “mourning” ritual) in the lead up to the Day of the Dead this November. She writes referring to […]

So what if the Philippines is removed from the UN Human Rights Council?

Suffice to say, the Yellowtard and Liberal Party-led opposition resorted to “pressure” from international entities early on, in the hope of weaning local support away from president Rodrigo Duterte. Among the entities that have “expressed concern” for the Duterte administration’s alleged extrajudicial killings and alleged no-basis detainment of political enemies (Leila de Lima, anyone) include: […]

Senator Antonio Trillanes’s psychopathic behaviour doesn’t belong in the Philippine Senate

Senator Antonio Trillanes is exhibiting signs that he could be a psychopath. He doesn’t care about damaging the reputation of the Philippine Senate as long as he gets what he wants. Indeed, Trillanes has a long history of betrayal. In the past, the public witnessed how he used his privileges as a senator to persecute […]