Category Archives: On Distant Shore

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 »

Napoles should not be spared

  THE tradeoff looks rather obvious. After Solicitor General Jose Calida appealed to the Court of Appeals to overturn the conviction of alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles in January, the appellate court suddenly found no evidence establishing beyond reasonable doubt that Napoles abducted and kept hostage her cousin, Benhur Luy, and acquitted her.   That… Read More »

Stop flying the unfriendly skies

More than a half century after United Airlines launched its famous slogan “Fly the Friendly Skies,” the giant airliner has become a paradox on how to treat its passengers properly and in a friendly manner. After the brutal and bloody removal of Vietnamese doctor David Dao, a paying passenger who had confirmed booking and seat, last Monday to… Read More »

‘The rants of a petty tyrant’

In the past two weeks, President Duterte and his allies have been kept busy attacking the President’s critics, in particular Vice President Leni Robredo, the European Union and the media. If there’s anything certain in the Homeland these days, it’s that if you criticize the President, you should expect a torrent of curses and counter-attack from the tough-talking… Read More »

Rape on sovereignty: Relax and enjoy it?

Who was it who said about rape that “if it’s inevitable, relax and enjoy it?” This seems to sum up the policy of the Duterte administration with regards to China’s bullying in the South China Sea. We can’t afford to fight China, so let them do what they want to do in the South China Sea and let’s… Read More »

An action guided by bigotry and injustice

Described by the great President Abraham Lincoln as “a nation conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal,” the United States of America is now being transformed by one man into a nation guided by bigotry and injustice. In just one week, the image crafted by the country’s fathers and strengthened by… Read More »

THE BIGGEST STREET FEST IN NORTH AMERICA President Duterte, Sen. Pacquiao Are Invited to 2017 Taste of Manila Festival in Toronto

~ Every year the Taste of Manila street festival in Toronto gets bigger and bigger. Last year, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other federal and provincial government officials graced the occasion. This year, on Aug. 19 and 20, organizers are optimistic of bringing in Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Manny Pacquiao to the street fest, the… Read More »

Let the journalists do their job

Filipinos in America are in a unique situation where in a span of six months, they are faced with having to contend with two of the most controversial and contentious national leaders to emerge in recent history, both in the homeland and in their adopted land. Having had to face uncertainty in their homeland with the vague domestic… Read More »