Adlai Stevenson on a free society…

My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.

Speech in Detroit, Michigan (7 October 1952)

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The Election (circus) is in town

Supporters of PDP Laban candidate for President Rodrigo Duterte and Nationalista Party candidate for Vice President Alan Peter Cayetano await the arrival of the tandem at the University of the Philippines Diliman. Both were invited to CNN Philippines's Town Hall. Photo by KIM Quilinguing.
Supporters of PDP Laban candidate for President Rodrigo Duterte and Nationalista Party candidate for Vice President Alan Peter Cayetano await the arrival of the tandem at the University of the Philippines Diliman. Both were invited to CNN Philippines’s Town Hall. Photo by KIM Quilinguing.

Election season in the Philippines is often described by many to be akin to a circus. With all the colorful campaign paraphernalia, the flamboyant attire of candidates and supporters going about earning the confidence of voters, and all the lively exchanges between political bets on the media, one can easily gather an assessment of vibrant atmosphere the country and its people often find themselves every three years.

While it is difficult to find fault on which group is responsible for the sad state that politics, particularly the elections, have become in the country, how it is now perceived by the average Filipino, as being rowdy, full of hypocrisy, and even as a source of amusement, is shaped by how it is seen on television, reported on the radio and written on the newspapers. Continue reading “The Election (circus) is in town”

Social Media and Philippine Politics

The Increased Synergy of Two Platforms in the 2016 Elections


Internet connection speeds in the Philippines remain one of the slowest in Asia. This limitation however has not stopped Filipinos from using the web and maximizing their use of the applications and service available online.

In the recently concluded 2016 national and local elections, social media platforms were again used by candidates, political parties and interests groups with political, social and economic agenda. The intensity of use however significantly differed from the two previous electoral exercises. Continue reading “Social Media and Philippine Politics”

For a cup of coffee

I “met” Atty. Connie Brizuela in 2006 after Atty. Bev’s Musni (or Nanay as how we fondly call her) gave her my number. Atty. Connie and Nanay are both well-known human rights lawyers.

I was a TV news reporter back then and I had been assigned to cover the people’s organizations, cause-oriented groups and non-government organizations in Northern Mindanao. But I was suddenly re-assigned to the Central Visayas station in Mandaue City, Cebu. Continue reading “For a cup of coffee”

Independence

The Philippines celebrated its 115th Independence Day last June 12. And as expected, there were the usual pronouncements of doubt and mockery whether country was really free or not. Some even went on to entertain revisionist views on the actual date of independence saying that the date is meaningless since the country was only left on its own by the Americans on July 4, 1946.

As someone old enough to have lived at a time when the two biggest  American military bases outside the United States were in the country, I find it both odd and funny, that the question on the country’s independence are being noisily raised online by those born after the US bases were booted out of the country.

While I cannot blame these younger Filipinos’ having a revisionist view of history, I cannot understand why they are capable of raising issues on the independence day’s verity and yet they are incapable of understanding the significance of June 12 in the continuing struggle for the country’s independence. Continue reading “Independence”

The Election Season in Black and White

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Team PNoy candidate Sonny Angara poses with candidates after the ABS-CBN Harapan debate on April 28.

Sharing some photos taken during the election season as I was part of a project which tried to provide verified information  about the candidates for the Senate and their claims. This explains the lack of blog posts over the past few months. Continue reading “The Election Season in Black and White”

Robredo found dead

The body of Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo was found Tuesday morning, Transport and Communications Secretary Mar Roxas II said.

“At 8:15 a.m. kumpirmadong ang isa sa mga katawan ay kay Sec, Robredo,” Roxas said.

Divers found the plane’s fuselage around 7:30 a.m. Robredo’s body was found inside the fuselage at 7:45 a.m. His body was brought to shore at 8:40 a.m.

Roxas said the remains of the Interior secretary was found 800 meters off Masbate at 180 feet deep.

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The country had been in prayers since Saturday after Sec. Robredo’s plane was said to have crashed on a beach in Masbate. And people had been hoping for a miracle after his aide survived the crash. Sadly, Robredo’s and pilots Jessup Bahinting’s and Kshitiz Chand’s were found today inside the crashed sunken plane.

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