Revolutionarily speaking

By Chemrock Revolutionary government is one-a-penny in the Philippines. There have been 13 revolutionary governments counting from Gen. Vicente Álvarez (Republic of Zamboanga) 1899 to Cory Aquino 1986. President Duterte has been touting the 14th Revgov if he doesn’t get his way with Federalism. Filipino crab mentality and propensity for treachery was cemented in the very … Continue reading

“Thanks, Senator Poe”

By Joe America The Senate hearing on fake news earlier this week was rich with insights from various mass media and social media personalities. It also included PCOO Sec Martin Andanar and Usec Lorraine Badoy who, along with Asec Mocha Uson (who was not there, but was a key subject of discussion), seem to have … 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

Zombies! Filipino zombies!

By Joe America What do we know at this point? We know the Duterte Administration has skillfully applied the power of greed, ambition, and privilege to diminish Filipino democratic ideals, civility, and sovereignty. He is halfway to dictatorship and a new form of governance in which the ordering of privilege matters more than fairness or … Continue reading