Category Archives: On Distant Shore

Why punish poor for govt’s inefficiency?

I just came from a brief trip to the Philippines with my wife to be with her mother on the latter’s 89th birthday, and like most who have recently been to the homeland, the horrendous traffic marred an otherwise eventful visit. A trip from a western point in Manila and Quezon City to the Makati Financial District would… Read More »

Bastusang Pambansa

They call themselves “Honorable” and want to be addressed your honor at the end of every statement. And yet for seven agonizing hours, the congressmen at the hearing of the Committee on Justice showed the nation why bloggers have called their place of work the “Bastusang Pambansa” because that’s what they did last Thursday – to embarrass the… Read More »

Massacre: 58 dead, 7 years, 0 justice

Seven years since 58 people, including 32 journalists, were slaughtered in what has been infamously called “Ampatuan Massacre” or “Maguindanao Massacre,” not one of the 197 accused have been found guilty. Four of the accused have since died, including the suspected mastermind, then Maguindanao Gov. Andal Ampatuan Sr. Of the 193 remaining accused, including 28 bearing the name… Read More »

Gov’t must probe brazen killing

The killing of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa was so brazen, and the excuse given by the police officers for the slaying so ridiculous, there is absolutely no reason for government authorities not to conduct a thorough and impartial investigation of the incident. Why was Espinosa suddenly so brave and reckless to shoot at lawmen when just a few… Read More »

Aquino, Abad must answer for DAP acts

Stripped of immunity and entitlements, former President Benigno S. Aquino III and former Budget Secretary Florencio Abad Jr. have finally been criminally charged for their roles in the notorious Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) which the Supreme Court had declared as unconstitutional and illegal in 2014. Ten militant groups charged Aquino and Abad with technical malversation of public funds,… Read More »

Playing both sides won’t do it

In the first few days of his presidency, President Duterte gained favorable response from the business community after his announcements that he would give emphasis to infrastructure development and making transactions easy for businessmen. With just a few hundreds killed in Duterte’s drug war, they were willing to look the other way. But as the death toll from… Read More »

People’s voice matters in foreign policy

I’m pretty sure Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. has been having some sleepless nights since he assumed office in July. He has the unenviable position of having to explain and clarify most of President Duterte’s remarks involving foreign policy, specifically those pertaining to the Philippines’ longtime ally United States. And they’re not few. Yasay had to rush to… Read More »

Never again: Just another slogan?

Many Americans are up in arms again after two more apparently unarmed black men were shot down by policemen. Protests in Charlotte, North Carolina have turned violent and North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory had to declare a state of emergency after a protester was shot and a policeman was injured on the second night of protests. Earlier in… Read More »

The saga of Jun Lozada continues

He was in tears when he first surfaced in the Philippines’ national consciousness. It was 2 a.m. of Feb. 7, 2008 when Rodolfo “Jun” Lozada Jr. appeared in a hastily called press conference at the De La Salle Greenhills to reveal that he had been kidnapped at the airport upon his arrival from Hongkong by police officials, and… Read More »

Filipinos should reject Trump

I’m not sure if I even wanted to add my voice to the chorus of people from both sides of the political fence in denouncing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for his bigotry and reckless demagoguery, but with his recent attack on the Philippines and Filipinos, I know I just have to.   Trump touched the nerves of… Read More »