‘We Must Focus on Leni’—Trillanes

by Wilfredo G. Villanueva In jail, he repurposed himself. From someone fighting the system by force of arms calling bloody Katipunan to mind, he ventured into democratic discourse, softening his image, turning sword to ploughshare. He won a Senate seat campaigning from prison with his relaunched brand—dead-center message delivery almost in martial cadence, swoonworthy to … Continue reading

Eking Out An Opposition

by Wilfredo G. Villanueva Dark with shades of gray, that would be the predominant color of Philippine democracy to a painter. There would be a little pink, that’s Vice President Leni Robredo, representing everything that’s good about the country, hemmed in by the grays, but heroically manifesting herself just the same. Yellow would of course … Continue reading

Twitter as a source of real information

By JoeAm I’ve found that my best source of information is Twitter. I had not expected this when I first signed on a few years ago. But it is not just a chit-chat medium. First of all, there is a lot of information flying around in our news universe, some trustworthy, much not. I can’t … Continue reading

Slip sliding away: the Duterte Administration as a naked banana

By JoeAm “You know the nearer your destination The more you’re slip slidin’ away…” Slip slidin’ away. Paul Simon wrote this classic. It’s about giving up, about seeing your passions erode when faced with the hard realities of life. He gives three examples within the lyrics. The song might be a right proper anthem to … Continue reading

Is good government possible in the Philippines?

By Chemrock “In defeat, malice; in victory, revenge” quote from the TV series “Yes, Minister” characterizes the perennial political battles in the Philippines. There is no ideology, no platforms. A senatorial candidate admitted he does not know what is the job of a senator. It’s all personal, very personal. And so, as often the case, … Continue reading