Archive for the ‘Malaya’ Category

De Lima will not see what she doesn’t want to see

Now that the Department of Foreign Affairs’ willingness to downgrade the country’s claim to Sabah to strengthen its case against China before the United Nations Arbitral Tribunal has been exposed, it is resorting to the classic diversionary tactic- questioning the journalists’ motives in writing the report. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima now comes to the […]

April 7, 2015  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Malaya, Vera Files  9 Comments

DFA is misleading public in Sabah for Spratlys issue

Disclosure: I am one of the trustees and writers of VERA Files, a group of veteran journalist who put out articles that take a deeper look at current issues. Last Monday, VERA Files released a story, “PH offers Sabah to win Malaysia’s support for UN case vs China.” The article said, “ The quid pro […]

March 31, 2015  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Malaya  31 Comments

We understand

He couldn’t even mention the incident that he was asking the public for understanding. In his speech at the commencement exercise of the Philippine National Police Academy’s Lakandula Class of 2015, the day after the nation marked the second month of the Mamasapano tragedy, President Aquino said, “Ikinalulungkot kong may mga pamilyang nawalan ng asawa, […]

March 27, 2015  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Malaya, Philippine National Police  24 Comments

What PNoy and Kris Aquino text each other

OMG. I almost fell off my chair upon reading the text exchanges between President Aquino and his sister, Kris Aquino posted by journalist Cecil Morella in Facebook. Yesterday afternoon, Kris Aquino posted in her Instagram account (withlovekrisaquino) her text exchanges with the President last Friday just to disprove rumors that PNoy collapsed. Kris Aquino’s post: […]

March 24, 2015  Tags:   Posted in: Benigno Aquino III, Malaya  18 Comments

The potent bite of the ‘Mosquito Press’

Congratulations to JL Burgos for bringing to the screen an important chapter in our history of struggle for press freedom. “Portraits of Mosquito Press “documents the struggle for press freedom at the time when the country was still in the grip of the Marcos dictatorship. “Mosquito Press” was Marcos’ belittling of the small, independent newspapers […]

March 4, 2015  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Malaya, Media  12 Comments

Hilarious FB translations

Aside from the lively exchanges in Facebook (never mind the moronic posts- you have the choice to ignore them or better to unfriend the source), there’s a feature in this social media that is oftentimes hilarious, it makes FB surfing fun. It’s the translation. Like this translation of a post by business entrepreneur Jaime Gachitorena […]

February 27, 2015  Tags:   Posted in: Malaya, Media  One Comment


The tragedy in Mamasapano, Maguindanao claimed the lives of 44 of the country’s elite policemen, 18 members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and some civilians. One of those who died was an eight-year old girl named Sarah. I learned about Sarah from Hussein Macarambon’s heart-rending post in Facebook: “ At a forum organized by […]

February 19, 2015  Tags: ,   Posted in: Malaya, Peace Process, Philippine National Police  11 Comments

Senators asked the wrong question

It was President Aquino who informed Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Armed Forces Chief Gen. Gregorio Catapang and the rest of the presidential party in Zamboanga on the Mamasapano debacle on Jan. 25, a source close to Malacañang said. That’s why in the hearings in the Senate and the House of Representatives […]

February 15, 2015  Tags: ,   Posted in: Malaya, Peace Process, Philippine National Police  48 Comments

Values that tie PH and Iran

US-centric Filipinos may not be aware that the Philippines and Iran share a lot of common experiences-from rising from devastating natural calamities to political upheavals. Foremost is the harnessing of people power against an extravagant and tyrannical regimes. Many Filipinos like to think that we “invented” People Power with the ouster of President Ferdinand Marcos […]

February 12, 2015  Tags:   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Malaya  10 Comments

Confronted with brutal realities, what do Filipinos do?

Forty-four members of the Special Action Force, the elite group of the Philippine National Police, were killed by the rebel Muslim group the Aquino government has signed a peace agreement with. Yet, social media denizens are in an impassioned discussion over Philippine Miss Universe pageant candidate MJ Lastimosa’s “cake gown.” Last Monday, Direk Joey Reyes […]

January 28, 2015  Tags: ,   Posted in: Malaya, Mindanao, Philippine National Police  28 Comments