How idiopreneurship can stem the flow of talented people abandoning the Philippines

Much has been said about how the appalling work conditions, low pay, and stifling congestion in the Philippines is driving away its most talented workers. But what seems to be the biggest put-off for the greatest Filipino minds is the intellectual bankruptcy that prevails in Philippine society. Much has also been said about technology being […]

Senator Miriam Santiago: ‘social media superstar’ or just another ampaw politician?

Of all people. Senator Miriam Santiago was the last person in the world I would’ve expected to request that Philippine President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino III be “given leeway in making his decisions.” “I will be very careful in criticizing a president because I have close, first hand observation of how difficult it is to […]

Time to Unleash the Small Ladies and Gate Fairies?

Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was able to secure temporary liberty when Regional Trial Court (RTC) Judge Jesus Mupas allowed her to post bail. The RTC said that the prosecution failed to establish the “required quantum of proof” that Arroyo was involved in a conspiracy to rig the 2007 elections. This earned the ire of President […]

Deus ex machina: The Filipino’s Simplistic Mindset

Looking back to the events that transpired in the course of Chief Justice Renato Corona’s impeachment trial, it could be said that major highlights concerned envelopes. First, we had witnessed the amusing incident involving a certain “small lady” who, according to prosecutor Reynaldo Umali’s story, gave him an envelope which contained Corona’s bank records, and […]

Corona Impeachment: things the prosecutors wish the public would forget

The impeachment trial of Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona is about to resume after a six-week break. Thanks to a few objective Senator Judges of the impeachment court who admonished the prosecution team for giving information that had not yet been introduced in court to the media, the prosecutors have been compelled to stay […]

Debates on ‘rules of court’ continue to dominate Corona impeachment trial

Well it looks like much of the rest of the proceedings during the trial of impeached Chief Justice, Renato Corona will be spent on clarifying the rules of the court. However long it would take to finish the trial – it could be weeks or months – the presiding officer, Senator Juan Ponce Enrile will […]

The fatal error of the Corona impeachment prosecution team

Yesterday (the 13th of Feb) proved to be a humbling day for both the prosecution and and the Senate impeachment court. A house of cards built upon unlawfully-obtained information came crashing down after thirteen senators voted to honour a temporary restraining order (TRO) on an order issued by the Senate tribunal for Philippine Savings Bank […]

Corona impeachment twist: 100 million reasons to defy a Supreme Court restraining order

Last night (the 12th of Feb 2012), the legal team defending Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona in his impeachment trial went public on a plot allegedly perpetrated by Executive Secretary Paquito “Jojo” Ochoa to “persuade” members of the Philippine Senate to defy a temporary restraining order (TRO) issued by the Supreme Court on the […]