“Importanteng Maisama sa Conversation”—Erin Tañada

(First of two parts) by Wilfredo G. Villanueva An activist who talks like he’s in the halls of academe. An oppositionist who still calls President Duterte “pangulo” without a hint of disdain or sarcasm. Took the bar exams doggedly three times to pass, simply because he wants to be a lawyer. He. Wants. To. Be. … Continue reading

Why I like Teddy Locsin as Secretary of Foreign Affairs

By JoeAm Bear with me on this. Teddy Locsin is just as much a challenge to my sensibilities as he is to yours. But let’s think this through. The first thing we need to do is set aside our partisanship and think of one thing only, the well-being of the Philippines. That does not mean … Continue reading


– Infamy, noun, 1. the state of being well known for some bad quality or deed; “a day that will live in infamy“.  Synonyms: notoriety, disrepute, ill fame, disgrace, discredit, shame, dishonor, ignominy, scandal, censure, blame, dispprobation, condemnation. As when the Philippine flag is replaced with the Chinese flag (or swapped in position to reflect subordination, as it was in another … Continue reading

A troll by any other name is a sad, sad case of wasted Filipino

By JoeAm I had my first troll swarm on Facebook the other day, a simple post with a picture of Leni Robredo at Independence Day rites at Rizal Park, walking in the rain. The photo was accompanied by the text: “As President Trump refuses to attend ceremonies in the rain and President Duterte can’t wake … Continue reading

Integrity walks before you, rain or shine.

– As President Trump refuses to attend ceremonies in the rain and President Duterte can’t wake up to attend important meetings, I am reminded of a woman who puts them both to shame. This is not rocket science, folks. Dignity seems to escape so many Filipinos in favor of showmen, braggarts, bitterness and some kind … Continue reading