Archive for August, 2016

Lozada’s conviction stresses urgency of whistleblowers law

At this time of his life, it’s his faith in God that keeps Rodolfo “Jun” Lozada Jr. going. The government has failed him. The country’s justice system turned against him. Many “friends” have abandoned him after they have used him for their agenda. After his conviction to six to ten years in prison by the […]

August 29, 2016  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Graft and corruption, Senate  7 Comments

Now, it’s media’s fault

In trying to control the damage wrought by President Duterte’s verbal rampage against the United Nations in the early hours Sunday, Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay on Monday put the blame on media. “It was done in the wee hours of the morning and he was very tired, “ Yasay said adding that the President “ […]

August 24, 2016  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Media  27 Comments

Well- meaning warning to the President from an ally

(Quote on immunity from suits starts at 17:40 mins) In many of his speeches , President Rodrigo Duterte flaunts his immunity from suits as an armor amid mounting concerns about the extra-judicial killings in his campaign against illegal drugs. In a speech before troops at Camp Gen. Macario B. Peralta, JR, Jamindan, Capiz last Aug. […]

August 17, 2016  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Governance, Human Rights  32 Comments

Cinemalaya 2016: showcase of Filipino talent, substance and relevance

I hope the movies shown in the recent Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival would be shown in commercial theaters more widely later. I was able to watch only two: “Kusina” starring Judy Ann Santos under the direction of David Corpuz and Cenon Palomares and “Pamilya Ordinaryo” by Eduardo Roy, Jr. (“Pamilya Ordinaryo” won the best fim, […]

August 15, 2016  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Arts and Culture, Entertainment  One Comment

Do we take President Duterte seriously?

I take him seriously because the president of the Republic of the Philippines is so powerful that with a stroke of a pen, he can save a life or send the nation to war. Last Tuesday, President Duterte threatened to declare martial law. “ Please, ‘wag mo akong… hindi ako gago. If this continues, pigilan […]

August 12, 2016  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Governance, Human Rights  33 Comments

Side effects of Duterte’s war against illegal drugs

Do you feel sick watching daily images on TV and newspapers of people killed, lying lifeless on the sidewalks covered with newspapers or plastic with only their dirty feet and worn-out rubber slippers seen? And of course near the corpse, the cardboard sign “Drug pusher ako, huwag tularan”, which has now become a standard accessory […]

August 5, 2016  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Human Rights, Illegal Drugs, Media  14 Comments

Duterte: a poor drug user is also a pusher

A drug user who is rich is not necessarily a pusher because he has the money to buy the illegal substance. But if the drug user is poor, he is also a pusher. That’s according to President Duterte. In the President’s meeting with soldiers and policemen in Camp Nakar in Lucena City last July 28, […]

August 3, 2016  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Human Rights, Illegal Drugs  9 Comments

Duterte does a delicate balancing act

Last Monday, July 25, in his first State- of-the- Nation- Address, President Duterte was applauded when he declared a unilateral ceasefire in the armed conflict with the communist rebels. He said: “To immediately stop violence on the ground, restore peace in the communities and provide enabling environment conducive to the resumption of the peace talks, […]

August 1, 2016  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Peace and Order, Peace Process  3 Comments