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On its hatchet job on the Philippines, let Filipinos condemn and boycott the New York Times

(Posted Friday April 28, 2017 10:58:24)
ICC on Duterte
(The gory picture used by The New York Times editorial on April 25, 2017)

I'm sick and tired of the New York Times (NYT) articles and editorials that are vicious hatchet jobs not just on President Duterte, but on the Philippines itself.

NYT has portrayed our country as one where thousands of corpses of the innocent litter our streets, and that we Filipinos—and therefore even columnists like me— either just keep quiet in fear of Duterte, or that we are savages living in and embracing a failed state.

Literally sleeping with the enemy - the affair of a policewoman and a terrorist

(Posted Thursday April 27, 2017 10:39:05)
Police Superintendent Maria Cristina Nobleza

The foiled attempt of the Abu Sayyaf to kidnap local and foreign tourists in Bohol has just gotten more complicated with the arrest of Police Superintendent Maria Cristina Nobleza. She and a known Abu Sayyaf bomb maker, Reener Lou Dongon who learned his trade from the notorious Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli Bin Hir alias Marwan, were arrested at a checkpoint in Barangay Bacani, Clarin, Bohol. As it turned out, Nobleza who is married and is 49 years old and Dongon, alias Kudre, 25, are lovers. Chief PNP Bato de la Rosa is therefore right when he said that Nobleza is sleeping with the enemy.

There's more to the Duterte administration than the drug war - Plenty of substance in economic policy

(Posted Tuesday April 25, 2017 10:53:51)

During his first 10 months in office, President Rodrigo Duterte has signaled a clear break and a change of tone from the administration of Benigno Aquino III – on both the domestic and foreign policy fronts. Nowhere has the change been more pronounced and significant than in the area of economic policy.

Bongbong asks PET to dismiss Robredo's counter-protest for failing to pay election protest fees

(Posted Friday April 21, 2017 11:00:50)
Bongbong Marcos

Leni Robredo's counter-protest is in danger of being junked by the Supreme Court because of her failure to pay protest fees. This was the contention of former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. who asked the court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), on Monday to dismiss the counter-protest in connection with the May 2016 vice-presidential race.

Cheating the electorate out of their sovereign will with the PET's skyrocketing fees

(Posted Thursday April 20, 2017 10:03:29)
Macalintal and Robredo
(Robredo and Macalintal)

Why does it seem that Leni Robredo and her counsel, Romulo Macalintal, fear the protest lodged by losing vice presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos pushing through, especially as Marcos had successfully coughed up the initial down payment of P36 million for the recount of specific precincts, where he and his camp believe that the polls in these places were marked with fraud?

Desperate Robredo now won't object to a Bongbong cabinet appointment

(Posted Tuesday April 18, 2017 11:39:32)

When I heard that Leni Robredo released a statement to the effect that she will pose no objection to the appointment of former Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. to the Cabinet of President Rodrigo Duterte, my first reaction was: Who asked you, anyway?

Robredo's rating plunged considerably, Duterte's unchanged despite virulent attacks

(Posted Wednesday April 12, 2017 13:49:10)
Robredo ratings down

A Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey held several days after a United Nations (UN) human rights event played a video message of Leni Robredo condemning President Duterte's war on drugs and alleging that the Philippine National Police (PNP) is engaged in the "palit-ulo" scheme substituting relatives to fugitive drug traffickers, Robredo's net satisfaction grade plunged 11 percentage points to a "moderate" 26.

Bongbong dying to work, will not turn down Duterte's offer to serve- Imee

(Posted Tuesday April 11, 2017 16:38:17)
Imee Marcos with Duterte

Former Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. will not turn down Mr. Duterte's offer to serve in the Cabinet, his elder sister, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos said in a chance interview at the Davao International Airport on Monday, April 10, 2017.

The oppressive outcomes of the 1986 counterfeit revolution: A Lenten reflection

(Posted Tuesday April 11, 2017 12:40:07)
EDSA revolution

Somebody accused me of being confused when I claimed that revolutionary governments are outcomes of violent seizures of governmental power. I was told to look at Cory Aquino's government after the EDSA uprising in 1986 as a "peaceful" revolutionary government which was a product of a non-violent "revolution".

The drama-adventure of Lascañas amid supposed threats of lawsuits

(Posted Tuesday April 11, 2017 10:36:12)
Arturo Lascañas
(Lascañas, right, at the immigration area before his flight out of the country on April 8, 2017)

It is not surprising that retired police Superintendent Arturo Lascañas fled the country for Singapore last Saturday, April 8, 2017, with no intention to return to the Philippines, even if his ticket claims he would be back on the 22nd of this month.

The good news in the messy Alvarez-Floirendo feud

(Posted Friday April 07, 2017 11:00:17)
Alvarez-Floirendo feud
(In happier times. Left to right: Alvarez's wife Emily, Alvarez, Floirendo, and Floirendo's partner Cathy Binag)

The feud between Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and his former crony Antonio Floirendo is certainly such a messy scandal that critics of the administration have been discoursing on it in gleeful triumph.

In his wishful thinking, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's minion, party-list congressman Gary Alejano, has even jumped up and down to claim that it would lead to President Duterte's losing his hold over Congress, making his impeachment a sudden possibility.

President Duterte's ratings dropped but remained high despite moves to destabilize his administration

(Posted Thursday April 06, 2017 12:30:53)
Duterte ratings

President Duterte's performance and trust ratings in the periodic Pulse Asia polls remain at above 75 percent despite the volley of criticisms, including from international groups and foreign countries, culminating in the filing of an impeachment complaint last March 16, 2017, which was branded as a ploy to erode his survey ratings as part of moves to destabilize his administration.

Sacking of Sueno brought yet another speculation about DILG Secretary Bongbong

(Posted Wednesday April 05, 2017 11:34:14)

Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella, in announcing to the media formally that Department of the Interior Secretary (DILG) Ismael Sueno had been dismissed by President Duterte, said Sueno's summary dismissal "served as a warning that the President would not allow any questionable or legally untenable decisions by any member of the Cabinet", no matter the friendship.

Social media reports say Robredo is politically dead, but traditional media is oblivious

(Posted Wednesday April 05, 2017 10:43:48)

If the Yellow Cult still believes that Leni Robredo is their great hope for recapturing power, they should squarely face the facts. When they do so, the inescapable conclusion is that she is politically dead, and what we see now is a mere ghost who cannot accept her demise.