Oh, Danny Boy

by Wilfredo G. Villanueva The other day, my pro-Duterte friend and I had occasion to be together. Let’s call him Danny. Our wives were with us. It was a social affair, lotsa food, lotsa goodwill going around, delicious like pink salmon sushi in soy sauce with a dash of wasabi. A happy occasion from all … Continue reading

Power, stagnation, and democracy

By Joe America Eureka!! I have discovered the behavior codes of Philippine society!! Three codes that show why there is so much anger and argument these days. I originally called the behavior codes “ethics” but they are much more complex than rules. They involve power, emotions, creativity, and reasoning. This is all original thinking as … Continue reading

An Interview with Cory Aquino at 85 (Fiction)

  By Wilfredo G. Villanueva (She survived cancer. She has receded into the background, but this time, she agreed to an interview at 8 o’clock in the morning today, January 25th. We’re in her study room in her residence in Times Street in Quezon City. The street has exploded in yellow ribbons—gates, plants, trees, cars. … Continue reading

Race to the bottom: the United States vs the Philippines

  By Joe America People point again and again to the parallels between the presidents of the United States and Philippines. Overbearing autocrats, womanizers, rude language, abrupt knee jerk decisions, unable to bear criticism or media reports they don’t like. Lashing out at critics. “Destabilization plot!” Lies, insults, and inconsistencies. Concocting enemies out of thin … Continue reading

Closing down Rappler – Opening up Pandora’s box

By Chemrock The Securities and Exchange Commission ordered the closure of Rappler, a private limited corporation running an online news platform, on grounds that it breached the no-foreign ownership rules for media. Early news pointed to SEC’s decision being predicated on some Philippines Depository Receipts (PDR) issued by Rappler to foreign investors, thus subjecting the company … Continue reading