So it’s true that Piolo Pascual is on good terms anew with ex-girlfriend KC Concepcion and her mom Sharon Cuneta. His reported misunderstanding with KC erupted right after their break up years back. Then Piolo’s fans had an altercation with Sharon that reportedly spearheaded the feud between Sharon and Piolo. Well, just recently Piolo and… Read More »

Could the Philippines have been another Singapore?

MANILA Sen. Bongbong Marcos makes the ludicrous claim that if his father Ferdinand hadn’t been deposed in 1986, we would now be another Singapore, prosperous and orderly. Many of us sneered at the young Marcos’ chutzpah, knowing that that possibility had long been made impossible by events. There was no way that turning the Philippines… Read More »

VISITING THE HOMELAND The Sweet Sounds of Manila

“Absence is to love what wind is to fire; it extinguishes the small, it inflames the great” [Comte deBussy-Rabutin Histoire amoureuse des Gaules] MANILA – I went to bed with the familiar hoot “balut, balut” on the night of my arrival from Toronto. I woke up the next morning with enticing calls of “taho, taho” and “puto, puto” Twenty-three years have gone by and the signs, not to count the annoying heat and the bustle, are unmistakable:… Read More »


CHICAGO (JGL) – China’s aggressive reclamation of some of the choicest islands and islets in the Philippine Western Sea (South China Sea) that are within the territory of the Philippines will test the Mutual Defense Treaty of 1951 between the United States and the Philippines if it has a teeth or if it is a… Read More »

There’s always media to blame

The satisfaction rating of President Aquino continued its free fall this week, hitting its lowest since he became president in 2010. And guess who is being blamed again? The media, of course. I’m not a bit surprised that Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma is blaming the media for the latest slide in his boss’ rating. After… Read More »

Why abandon a legitimate claim?

Two disturbing news reports came out over the weekend that could compromise our country’s claim to Sabah. One was written by the Vera Files that said the Philippines has offered to downgrade its claim to Sabah in exchange for Malaysia’s support for its case against China before the United Nations. The other, which appeared in… Read More »

In a time of deceit, a heroic act

Novelist George Orwell once said, “In a time of deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” In this context, we can say that the Board of Inquiry tasked to determine the facts about the botched operation to hunt two wanted terrorists in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last month that led to the death of 44 members… Read More »


CHICAGO (JGL) – When Laguna Governor George Estregan was unseated by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) last year for overspending, my friend former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada used his patriarchal influence to talk his nephew into leaving the capitol steps “for the sake of peace” while his nephew awaits the result… Read More »