Half a Millenium after Magellan

Analysis and Opinion By Irineo B. R. Salazar The late Yoyoy Villame sang “on March 16, 1521, the Philippines was discovered by Magellan” and the late Edgar Lores can be seen practically singing along in an old comment. That a wise man like Edgar likes a comedian’s song is not surprising to me, as Filipino … Continue reading

RIP Father Bernas, S.J. – 1932-2021

  By Irineo B. R. Salazar One of the major architects of the Philippine 1987 Constitution died just today, while his main work is being put in doubt by major segments of Philippine society. A new drug law that wants to make those caught at a drug-dealing scene guilty until proven innocent is an example, … Continue reading

35 Years after People Power

Analysis and Opinion By Karl Garcia February 22, 2021, marks the 35th anniversary of the People Power Revolution. During those four days of February 1986, millions of Filipinos, along Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) in Metro Manila, and cities all over the country, stood up to then-president Ferdinand E. Marcos. Edsa was the culmination … Continue reading

Twenty Years Ago

Analysis and Opinion By Irineo B. R. Salazar Twenty Years Ago 20 years ago, Filipinos massed along EDSA again, nearly 15 years after they had gathered on that avenue to oust a dictator. This time it was to oust a populist who later became Mayor of Manila. Erap or Joseph Estrada was Mayor of San … Continue reading

Four Fatal Shots

Analysis and Opinion By Irineo B. R. Salazar FOUR FATAL SHOTS rang out in Paniqui, Tarlac days ago. PNP Master Sergeant Nuezca killed mother and son Gregorio. According to some in the Philippine government, it was just an isolated incident. But it clearly wasn’t in a country where killings are on the rise – of drug … Continue reading