Focus on retribution by the Aquino Government had undermined both the economy and institutional governance

Why the focus and circus around retribution while more pressing and forward-looking initiatives like growing the economy, for one, languish at the bottom of media hyping priorities? It could be because Filipinos are culturally predisposed to being retrospective rather than prospective in the way we think. Back in 2009 just as the campaign of then […]

President Noynoy Aquino and the instability he created is really bad for the economy

I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again. Philippine President Noynoy Aquino (PNoy) is bad for the economy. The incumbent president is not at all focused on building a solid financial system for the country despite predictions that the economic instability in Europe and the struggling economy of the United States of America could […]

Arroyo mugshots – visual opiates for a politics-crazed society

In my book, I recounted the words of University of the Philippines sociology professor and occasional columnist Michael Tan who was cited in Diana Mendoza’s article “Between Sensationalism and Censure” published on the Philippine Journalism Review (April 2002). The article was a commentary on the bizarreness of Filipinos’ regard for sexuality as it is […]

Randy David’s views on Gloria Arroyo arrest seem personal

Indeed, as columnist Randy David opined in his 19th November 2011 article, perhaps during her time, former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo “deftly manipulated the legal system” to suit her agenda. He was, of course, referring to the “midnight appointment” of key justices in the Philippines’ Supreme Court who are supposedly loyal to her and, as […]

The Noynoy Aquino government is turning the Philippines into a vindictive society

There is a list of the alleged crimes of former Philippine President Gloria Arroyo (GMA) making its rounds on social networking sites like some kind of chain letter. The list comes with a photo of GMA in a wheelchair wearing her neck brace and facemask looking gaunt and distressed. The photo is obviously not a […]

Moving to the next circus act: COMELEC finally filing charges against Arroyo

It gets interesting for us who chronicle Pinoy dysfunction now that the Philippines’ Commission on Elections (COMELEC) have approved the filing of electoral fraud charges against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (GMA). After many years of hearsay reporting from the Philippine Media and haka haka “debate” among the chattering classes of the self-described Philippine “civil society”, […]

Inquirer’s Neal Cruz likens living under Aquino Government to life in prison

Let’s not get too caught up in analogies so much lest we come across looking like an idiot. Take this moronism from columnist Neal Cruz… If you were the warden of a prison and you suspect that some prisoners are planning to escape, won’t you take precautions? Will you give the prisoners passes to […]

A Dictatorship of Your Own Making

If you search the Internet for a definition of a dictatorship you will find a variety of opinions, but they all seem to agree on certain basic characteristics: Single-party rule. We tend to identify “dictators” as individuals, but historically dictators have always been the spear-tips for powerful organizations. Justification of abuses. Dictatorships must always have […]