Vera Files fact checks Duterte’s SONA

What’s Duterte’s speech without his trademark slogan, “Putang Ina?” I’m bit disappointed that he spewed out only nine putang ina in his State-of-the Nation address Monday. That’s way below his usual 20 or so Putang Ina in one speech. And he spoke for two hours! In his 2017 SONA, regaled the Filipino people with his […]

July 27, 2017  Tags: ,   Posted in: Governance  2 Comments

Duterte, purveyor of fake information

Information empowers. But in the age of fake news which has found a fertile base in social media especially Facebook, lies being passed on as information have become a powerful tool for mass idiotization. This occurred to us watching President Duterte regal the Filipino community in Saudi Arabia, with falsehoods which the audience lapped it […]

April 19, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Graft and corruption  32 Comments

The curse of the mistresses

When news reports about the feud between House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Davao del Norte Rep. Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo Jr. was brought into open and was traced to the quarrel of the Davao lawmakers’ mistresses, my initial reaction to suggest that they be given a copy of Jullie Yap’s book, “Etiquette for Mistresses.” But I […]

April 5, 2017  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Governance  4 Comments

Pakiusap kay Wanda Teo: Kausapin mo ang Pangulo

Parang naawa din naman ako kay Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo. Hindi ka naman pwedeng magalit dahil mabait naman siyang naki-usap sa media. Despalinghado lang ang paki-usap. Noong isang linggo sa Bangkok naki-usap si Teo sa media na i-tone down o bawasan ang pag-report tungkol sa extra-judicial killings o ang mga walang pakundangang pagpatay kahit hindi […]

March 26, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Human Rights, Tourism  11 Comments

The power of conscience

“The torture of a bad conscience is the hell of a living soul.” John Calvin -French theologian and reformer The turnaround of SP03 Arthur Lascañas on the murders he committed as a member of the Davao Death Squad must have stunned Malacanang, all that it can come up with was Press Secretary Martin Andanar’s preposterous […]

February 22, 2017  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: Governance, Peace and Order, Philippine National Police  5 Comments

Transcript of the press conference of former policeman,SPO4 Arthur Lascañas at the Senate

February 20, 2017 Ako po si Arturo Barikit Lascañas, 56 years old, isa pong retiradong pulis na miyembro ng Davao City Police Office. Ako po ay pinanganak at tubong Davao City. Dito sa gagawin kong isang public confession, ito po ay pagsunod ko po sa kagustuhan ng Diyos, at labis na takot sa Diyos, pagmamahal […]

February 21, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Graft and corruption, Human Rights, Peace and Order  8 Comments

Trillanes to Duterte: sign waiver of bank secrecy law addressed to BPI

The public should be more discerning this time with President Duterte’s bluster when confronted with the issue of his BPI bank accounts which have been recipients of deposits amounting to over P2 billion from 2006 to 2015 from several sources. News reports Friday quoted President Duterte as ordering the Anti-Money Laundering Council to give information […]

February 20, 2017  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Elections 2016, Graft and corruption  25 Comments

FVR has earned the right to critique Duterte

The critique of former President Fidel V. Ramos of President Duterte’s first 100 days should be a warning to the latter that he cannot go on with his “Kill, Kill” mantra with five years and nine months more to go in his presidency. FVR burst the bubble of Malacañang’s euphoria over the President’s 76 percent […]

October 13, 2016  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Governance  8 Comments

Threatening reporters, not journalism, is a crime

Once again, warped thinking was on full display when a Yolly Reyes Junto posted on Facebook her rant against Reuters reporters Manny Mogato and Karen Lerma over the story of President Duterte comparing himself with Adolf Hitler. Junto’s Oct. 1 post started with a purported disclaimer: “I am no Duterte fanatic. I criticize him more […]

October 4, 2016  Tags: ,   Posted in: Media  9 Comments

Duterte to visit China Oct 20 -21

By Charmaine Deogracias Vera Files Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will visit Beijing on Oct. 20 and 21, in what reliable diplomatic sources say is a move to reboot the country’s relations with China amid territorial issues in the South China Sea. Duterte had earlier announced he is visiting China and Russia but did not give […]

September 29, 2016  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  10 Comments