Filipinos are using Gilas Pilipinas’s win over China to feel like they REALLY won against China

If Filipinos can’t win where it really counts, they will declare themselves winners where it does not count. That’s pretty much the sad space social media “influencers” from the Opposition camp have been playing lately. Following a win chalked up by Team Gilas (the pride of Filipino basketball of the moment) against China in this […]

New path charted by Duterte prompts Filipinos to rethink their place in the world

If there is one thing Filipinos learned so far about their country it is this: The Philippines is, it seems, an important country in global politics. Up until now, Filipinos have seen their country as some sort of diplomatic third wheel — one that is in a perpetual crisis of relevance; a mere afterthought. It […]

Philippine President Duterte is the world’s Number One troll

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s recent trip to China made me realise that he could be the world’s Number One troll. He leaves his critics baffled and his supporters surprised and awed by his statements. You can call him what you want – a former Filipino actress even called him a psychopath – but he definitely […]

Filipinos need to get better-acquainted with China

What have been the pre-eminent topics of late rippling across the social media timelines of the Philippines’ pre-eminent “thought leaders”? Consult various “trending” stats (filtering out all the showbiz noise that dominates Filipino social media chatter) and you will see the following words and phrases: “extrajudicial killing” “Agot Isidro” “Internet trolls” “yellowtards” “dutertards” “edsa traffic” […]

Duterte leaves Al Jazeera reporters stumped by his elegantly simple answers

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte faced Al Jazeera‘s Jamela Alindogan and Wayne Hay in an interview conducted the 15th October 2016 in Malacanang palace. The first of two instalments of the video recording of the interview made available on YouTube is shown below. The key topics raised by Alindogan and Hay revolved mainly around two issues […]

What The Hague?! Philippines helped China build structures on disputed islands in the South China Sea

I first read it on some obscure website months ago. Knowing that one has to be careful about what one reads online nowadays, I waited for mainstream media to pick it up before taking it seriously. Unfortunately, it has taken years before they did. Just this week, Philippine mainstream media finally publicised reports about how […]

The Halflings And The Dragon: An Allegory On The South China Sea Debacle

Once upon a time, there was a kith of halflings that lived near the sea. They were close allies with the men of the Freelands and as such were usually well-protected from their enemies. Unfortunately, one could also say that they were spoiled by the men of the Freelands and they cared more about doing […]

Common Sense for Pinoys: Practical Options for Resolving the Spratlys Dispute with China

After looking into the grave consequences of Filipino stupidity, let’s dive into a closely related topic: common sense for Pinoys. You really don’t have to be a holder of any college degree to apply basic common sense. Consider this awkward scenario: If you were suddenly caught naked in public, would you cover your private parts or cover […]