The Philippines: Human Rights versus Culture of Impunity

What are human rights? Why are they important? Why does the government need to protect its citizens’ human rights? What do they mean for Filipinos? What can a citizen do to help in the preservation and maintenance of his/her or fellow Filipinos’ human rights? The basic premise of human rights is that any human being … Continue reading

Sympathy for the Boston Bomber?

Jose Mario de Vega I read a Get Real Post article that expresses sympathy with the Boston bomber. Well, not with the bomber’s act, exactly, but with the motive that is likely behind the bomber: bring down US imperialism. Here’s a link to the article. It’s by Jose Mario de Vega. The article begins with … Continue reading

Hackers, Spammers and Priests

I have always admired those who adhere to an “ideology”, for it reflects a discipline, a commitment, to an intellectual principle. Now, sometimes the whole effort goes wrong, as did the Soviet Union’s communist ideology. But still, it beats a chaotic system of no profound definition, like  . . . well, like that of the … Continue reading

Philippine Media: The Lay of the Land

This blog is a little different, as I search for order rather than meaning. Indeed, many of you may already know these media, but it is a process of discovery for me. I have read repeatedly about Philippine news reporting being shallow and sensationalist. But it has only lately crystallized in my mind how damaging … Continue reading

Electioneering and the Blogging Foreigner

I have been silenced . . . Philippine Immigration has made clear that foreigners are not to engage in Philippine elections in any way. Not even open our mouths or tap our keyboards. Immigration has announced that it will deport foreigners who violate Section 4 of COMELEC Resolution 9615: Resolution 9615, SECTION 4. Prohibition against Foreign … Continue reading