Bingbong’s road to redemption

With 10 days to go before the May 13 elections, campaigning has reached fever pitch for Congressman Vincent “Bingbong” Crisologo and Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte who are fighting tooth and nail for Quezon City’s mayoralty post.

How Philippines & Taiwan differ on China

April 11, 2019
When two Chinese J-11 fighter planes crossed the Taiwan Strait median line and entered Taiwanese airspace on a Sunday morning less than two weeks ago, reaction was swift: Taiwan’s Air Force scrambled several fighter jets and sent radio warnings to the intruders that retreated and were gone after 10 minutes.

Do ‘bobotantes’ deserve ‘pulpoliticos’?

March 28, 2019
Hitting the campaign trail is a mix of many kinds of candidates—from the highly-capable, selfless, and God-fearing politicians who genuinely have the country’s interests at heart, to the ones I’d like to call “pulpoliticos” or politicians who are deemed pulpol (dull, dimwit): the grossly incompetent or those who are clueless on what it takes to be an effective public servant striving for excellence in governance.

Power of children versus adults in power

March 20, 2019
Mobilized thru social media and word of mouth, the new wave of international youth activism – now sweeping across 100 countries where weekly protests take place – is inspired by Swedish climate activist and high school student Greta Thunberg who was recently nominated for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.

Are all of us to blame for water shortage?

March 14, 2019
It certainly is no joke when faucets remain dry for up to 20 hours a day just like what’s been happening in many areas in the eastern part of Metro Manila and Rizal province. And there are even reports that many households have been waterless for days on end, and even for about a week in some homes.

More than Tagle’s tears, action is vital

February 28, 2019
“Our lack of response to the suffering of victims, even to the point of rejecting them and covering up the scandal to protect perpetrators and the institution, has injured our people, leaving a deep wound in our relationship with those we are sent to serve,” the cardinal explained.

A ‘non-issue’ if she were Taiwanese? (2)

February 20, 2019
“Context is everything. The public’s incensed response to the incident didn’t come from nowhere, but from an acute realization of the larger picture implied by the fraught interaction between a Chinese national and a Filipino cop: an overbearing foreigner from an outsize country who has behaved aggressively toward the Philippines trying to impose her will on Philippine soil — and at a time when Philippine interests in the South China Sea have been ill-treated by China, and hundreds of thousands of its citizens have flooded the country,” screamed an editorial.

A ‘non-issue’ if she were Taiwanese?

February 17, 2019
In the Philippines where untoward incidents, from petty outbursts to violent skirmishes, usually hog news headlines, venting ire on a cop doesn’t really merit much of a fuss that lingers on. Even if what is thrown is more than a temper tantrum – like a cup of harmless soybean curd pudding called taho, or a deadly grenade. The enraged offender is simply subdued or, in the case of a violent crook, dealt with lethal force. And that could be the end of it.

Measles outbreak: It’s panic time

February 07, 2019
The deaths of 55 children from measles since last month in Metro Manila ought to trigger alarm among parents and shake them into action to have their kids vaccinated soonest and avoid falling sick from the dreaded and contagious airborne disease.

Historic

January 30, 2019
From the crowning of Karen Gallman as Miss Intercontinental – a first-ever feat for the Philippines – to the launch of the “biggest battle of them all” to rehabilitate the world-famous Manila Bay where one gets a captivating glimpse of the golden sunset, last Sunday was historic indeed.

To Sec. Locsin: Think before you tweet! (2)

January 23, 2019
“Say not always what you know, but always know what you say” is a quote attributed to the Roman emperor Claudius. And the Greek philosopher Plato is believed to be the origin of this insight: “Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.”

Nazareno devotion: Fervor or fanaticism?

January 08, 2019
But it’s only God who really knows what’s in the hearts of devotees whose frenzied behavior bewilders many who watch the yearly spectacle on TV as the Nazarene carriage inches its way from Luneta to the Quiapo Church in a perilous journey where people have been crushed to death in the past.