Wishing they were April Fools Day jokes

We wish these three reports were April Fools Day jokes: One, Spinbusters saying goodbye. In its April 1 entry titled “Silly blog concedes writes 30”, the media watchdog wrote, “There’s no going around it, beating around the bush, and running in circles. With bitterness, sadness, and deep regret, we have decided to shut down The […]

April 4, 2014  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Malaya, Media, Philippine National Police  20 Comments

Press freedom rocks despite presidential whining

I did this article for Rogue Magazine (June 2013 issue). I’m re-printing it here as additional material in the discussion of the recently Supreme Court upheld provision on online libel in the 2012 Cybercrime Prevention Act and President Aquino’s defense of it. President Aquino thinks media owe him. In all his speaking engagements before media […]

February 28, 2014  Tags: ,   Posted in: Media  4 Comments

Lost letters in Palace hint deeper leadership problem

Now we know there is a problem with Malacanang’s communication system. Whether Malacanang knows that is a completely different matter. Two letters that later on became of national, even international, importance did not reach President Aquino. The first one was a letter from the late Jamalul Kiram III sent in 2010 in the first few […]

February 21, 2014  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Arts and Culture, Benigno Aquino III, Governance, Malaya  28 Comments

China to Aquino: We fought Hitler in WWII

By Ellen Tordesillas, VERA Files China on Friday reminded President Aquino it had fought on the side of the Allied Powers against fascist Japan and Germany in World War II, after Aquino likened China’s encroachment into the South China Sea with Adolf Hitler’s hegemonic moves in World War II. In a press briefing, China’s Foreign […]

February 8, 2014  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Vera Files  36 Comments

The unraveling of President Benigno Aquino III

In a meeting with Vietnamese Defense Minister Gen. Phung Quang Thanh in August last year, President Aquino asked the visiting official how they are able to maintain good relations with China despite conflicting territorial claims. (Despite a ferocious battle over the Paracels Islands in the South China Sea 40 years ago that killed more than […]

February 6, 2014  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  23 Comments

Pride fuels standoff with Hongkong

The current standoff with Hongkong is an example of the danger of ignorance, power, and pride combined. As American minister Robert Fulghum said in his book,All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, “Ignorance and power and pride are a deadly mixture, you know.” Last week, the Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying […]

February 2, 2014  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Malaya  41 Comments

PNoy, Ramon Ang and Zenaida Ducut

Two lawmakers who are allies of President Aquino last week filed with the Office of the President a complaint against Chairperson Zenaida Ducut of the Energy Regulatory Commisssion accusing her of failure to protect the interest of the consumers when it approved last December Meralco’s application for a staggering P4.15/kilowatt-hour increase. “Respondent is guilty of […]

January 26, 2014  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Governance  33 Comments

Liars all

Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr., one of the three senators charged with plunder before the Ombudsman in connection with alleged anomalous use of Priority Development Assistance Fund, related Monday an incident that took place in December 2012, a few days before the conclusion of the impeachment of ousted Chief Justice Renato Corona. Revilla said Roxas, […]

January 22, 2014  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Benigno Aquino III, Governance, Malaya  34 Comments


President Aquino told an impressionable bunch of highschool students from Miriam College that he will not be putting on more pressure on his cabinet members concerned that they would suffer burnout. This is what he said last Tuesday: “The Cabinet is very hardworking, they’re very dedicated. You can’t ask anything more of them and perhaps […]

January 9, 2014  Tags:   Posted in: Benigno Aquino III, Governance  42 Comments

Aquino for Binay for president in 2016?

There’s a compelling reason for President Aquino to make sure that that he would be able to influence the people’s choice of his successor otherwise he would suffer the same fate that befell the two presidents before him. His predecessor, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, is in jail – hospital arrest, actually- facing plunder and electoral sabotage […]

January 5, 2014  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Elections 2016, Malaya, Politics  40 Comments