Lead up to fiesta elections: Has Philippine democratic politics changed at all?

From the little window through which I take stock of the landscape of issues that describe the lead up to the May 2013 elections, I’d say — surprise surprise — things haven’t changed much. A lot of developments have supposedly further liberalised and democratised democracy as it is practiced in the Philippines. The two new […]

SC upholds candidates’ freedom to air as much TV and radio political ads as they want!

Perhaps if our “activists” focused more on creating buzzes around real issues rather than on presuming to police the campaign tactics of our politicians and auditing their token fly-by-night “platforms” we’d gain more traction around creating a more issues-based political discourse. Indeed, unless you are as brilliant as Lee Kuan Yew, there is little point […]

PNoy: ‘I started a joke…’

I started a joke, which started the whole world crying, but I didn’t see that the joke was on me, oh no. I started to cry, which started the whole world laughing, oh, if I’d only seen that the joke was on me. – “I Started a Joke”, Bee Gees Amidst the gravity of the […]

Filipinos need to learn how to think: Thinking 101 in three convenient lessons

The last couple of weeks has seen circus following circus kicking off crescendous waves of crocodile emotions that swept many Filipinos off their feet. One good thing coming out of that is that it brought to fore some really key features of the dysfunction that underlies the Philippine National Thinking Process. Below, for the reading […]

Reality bites for prosecution as evidence gets thrown out

Defective. Trash. These are the words that the prosecution cannot seem to understand. They are the words Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile uttered in anger after the prosecution desperately pleaded for the testimony of Philippine Air Lines (PAL) vice president for sales Enrique Javier to be accepted as part of Article III in the impeachment […]