Category Archives: On Distant Shore

Beyond bloodied streets, what?

One thing that has stood out since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed the presidency in July last year is the fact that this former mayor of Davao City cannot handle criticism. And unable to handle criticism, he easily explodes and threatens just about anybody who dares oppose him.   Just last week, Duterte exploded and berated the president of… Read More »

The Battle for Marawi has just begun

After five months of seemingly endless battles and bombings, the Philippine military finally was able to declare an end to the hostilities in Marawi, the bloodiest and costliest military operation against terrorists or secessionists ever, even dwarfing the Battle of Jolo in 1974.   The Battle of Jolo, which started when militant forces from the Moro National Liberation… Read More »

Grief won’t stop the hands of evil

Hours after a lone gunman killed at least 59 people and injured 527 others in Las Vegas Sunday night, President Donald Trump called the attack “an act of pure evil,” adding that in moments of tragedy and horror, America comes together as one.   He expressed grief and shock over the deadliest mass shooting in US history, praised… Read More »

Shameless

It was a pathetic sight, to say the least. Shameless would be a more appropriate word to describe the photo showing the administration congressmen posing with the clenched fists associated with President Duterte to celebrate an even more revolting and shameless move to reduce the budget of the Commission on Human Rights to a mere P1,000. It was… Read More »

Impeachment galore

Only five years after the highly divisive impeachment trial of the late Chief Justice Renato Corona, the nation is again faced with the possibility of not just one, but three high-level government officials being impeached for alleged culpable violations of the Constitution. And this is not even counting the impeachment complaints against President Rodrigo Duterte that was dropped… Read More »

Let the bells ring

A day after Bulacan policemen killed 32 drug suspects in a single day, President Duterte commended them and told policemen all over the country to kill 32 more a day to reduce the country’s drug problem.   “Yung namatay daw sa Bulacan, 32 in a massive raid. Maganda yun,” the President said. “Pumatay tayo another 32 everyday, maybe we can reduce… Read More »

What happened to ‘never again’?

What ever happened to “Never again to martial law”? A phrase opt-repeated in many rallies long after the Filipino people ousted the dictatorship of the late Ferdinand Marcos in what is now known as “People Power,” it seems “never again” has lost its luster in the face of the emergence of another strongman that doesn’t hesitate to say… Read More »

Clothing tyranny with constitutionality

With the Supreme Court basically showing reluctance to review President Duterte’s martial law declaration and ceding its power to the President to determine the territorial scope of martial law, it now seems that the country’s slide to tyranny is coming to near certainty. Congress has earlier given up its power to review the bases for the martial law… Read More »

Trump just wouldn’t listen

In an apparent attempt to please his voter base, President Donald Trump pulled out the United States from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and turned America from the leader of the free world to a potential pariah in the global community, particularly in the field of climate change.   Trump has been found lacking by many of… Read More »

Tyranny: The signs are clear

For the umpteenth time, Malacanang spokesmen had to explain and tone down what President Duterte had casually told soldiers just a few days after declaring martial law in Mindanao. The President said he would ignore the Supreme Court and Congress if they meddled with his decision to declare martial law in Mindanao.   “Until the police and the… Read More »