MY JOURNEY – 2 Embracing New Rights and Freedoms

~ I was making a statement when I cast my vote, the first-ever exercise of the rights and freedoms Canada’s Charter guarantees for every citizen. It didn’t matter that my candidate lost; what mattered was that I am now in possession of the right of suffrage, that is, to vote in or vote out, candidates… Read More »

Politicians should get out of rehab’s way

More than a year since super typhoon Yolanda brought death, destruction and deprivation to Leyte and other provinces in Eastern Visayas, nobody still knows for sure how many died, the destruction remains very visible, and the victims continue to be deprived of food, shelter and jobs. And all because more than a year since the… Read More »

The right to die debate is alive

The death last Saturday – the day millions of people in some countries remember their dead — of Brittany Maynard, who chose to end her life at the young age of 29 rather than suffer while waiting for the inevitable, reignited the dormant debate over the right to die with dignity. “Goodbye to all my… Read More »

WHAT MAKES A CANADIAN?

I have just finished sharing the Remembrance Day Celebration in Ottawa via television. It was a very emotional celebration—–warm, poignant and solemn. The prime minister and his wife were there, the governor general and his wife, Princess Royal Anne, the lady who was chosen to represent all Canadian mothers, the top heads of the different… Read More »

Is it goodbye to 2016 for Veep Binay?

Frankly, it’s surprising how ineffective the camp of Vice President Jojo Binay has been in handling the corruption crisis that’s smothering him. It’s so evident that the bombshell exploded by former Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado took the Binay camp by surprise. Mercado was already all over the place before Binay’s fire brigade came to… Read More »

Who can beat Binay in 2016?

With the damning allegations hurled against Vice President Jejomar Binay in the past few weeks, one would think, as one columnist said, the former human rights lawyer and Makati mayor “can kiss his presidential bid goodbye.” I wish it were that simple because the country badly needs a president who is beyond reproach, but recent… Read More »

A Day In Print Media Headlines

I was about to  continue my piece on P Noy  when visiting  the link for Philippine Newspapers  I was distracted  and decided to write instead  an article about what comes to mind reading  mere headlines –without   going into the content –and   call it: A Day In Print Media Headlines In Manila.  So without mentioning the… Read More »

MY JOURNEY Strengthening a Resolve to Expose Evil

~  Even as the situation in my native land proves demeaning, I still retain an affinity with the Philippines, my birth place, despite taking Canadian citizenship. That status enhances my ability to continue a career in investigative reporting and literary journalism. I join the ranks of Canada’s visible minority aware of prejudices and a resolve to… Read More »

ONLY PEOPLE POWER CAN AMEND THE VFA

CHICAGO (JGL) – If Filipinos would like to force the hands of Presidents Barack Obama and Noynoy Aquino to change the terms of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) as a result of the alleged murder of a Filipino Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude in the hands of a United States Marine Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton,… Read More »