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Luma na iyan!

ang paboritong pananalita ng iilang Pilipinong nakakainis. Baka sabihin pa nilang BADUY. Ngayon naman, may isang Badoy na nagrereklamo tungkol sa mga lumang gamit na pinakinabangan ni Bisepresidente Robredo para sa kanyang anak sa Harvard. Sa bandang huli, si Badoy ang nagmukhang bakya dahil hindi niya yata alam na normal sa US ang makinabang sa […]

Carpio Did Nothing

according to Duterte (link). If one goes by “aksiyon” in street talk, maybe. He did not jetski. He did not swear. He did not even invite the Chinese to debate in Manila (link). Of course the winner of a public debate a la Duterte is defined by the crowd who “bilib” in the one who […]

God is Dead, Let’s Be Bad!

one is tempted to think in these days – especially in the Philippines. Jesus was just a white man, and colonialism is over now! No more lessons from abroad please! And who wants to tempt the joke made by some Filipinos about the American preacher saying: “kapag napunta kayo sa langit, magkakaroon kayo ng mga […]

Raja Matanda II

was crowned this Friday night in Manila. “The ghosts of colonialism have been overcome, we are back to our former glory” said the Raja formerly known as Rodrigo Roa Duterte to a selected crowd gathered in the gardens of Malaca├▒ang Palace. “Without the EU, the US and the UN, these crazy and useless white people […]

Defend What Republic?

one is tempted to ask in the recent discussions on Solicitor-General Calida’s call to “Defend the Republic” and the responses to it (link) – not only because the Republic does not coincide with the President or his supporters. Any republic, but especially the Philippines, will in fact I think consist of three Republics and their […]

Facing the Music

is something Filipino leaders don’t do well. Think South Korean murdered (link) – or Mamasapano. In both cases, Filipino Presidents wound their way around their command responsibility. President Duterte has not made any public statement on the issue of the South Korean murdered at Camp Crame until now. President Aquino was heavily criticized for not […]

Charles Dickens novels come to mind

when one reads of Filipinos cheering about killings, like in Singapore recently (link). Executions in 19th century England were public spectacles (link) even if there was due process involved. Justice originally developed out of a need to sate the very human need for retribution – the dark but very real side of human nature of […]

Studying its villains

may have brought Germany much further than the Philippines studying its heroes, buried or not. Are those unworthy of emulation – “huwag tularan” – more important in teaching national lessons? The Philippine cult of heroes always was suspect to me. During martial law, it was suspected that some supposed leftists were mere agents provocateurs to […]

Marami ring napatay

sa gyera ng dating Yugoslavia na nagsimula noong 1991. 25 years na ang simula ng pagkawatak-watak nitong dating federation (link). Mas sentralista ang gusto ng mga Serb dahil marami sila sa iba’t-ibang estado ng Yugoslavia, mas decentralized ang gusto ng mga Slovenian at Croatian. Tapos nagpataasan pa ng ihi ang dalawang pinuno ng Croatia at […]

Finding Common Ground and Sense

is hard in the Philippines. Was Aquino’s rule too elitist (link) or is Duterte’s anti-crime drive too Bang! (link)? Common Filipino principles, do they exist? In the Constitution, in theory. But I wonder how many Filipino Catholics understand what is in the Bible, any more than the natives understood what Padre Damaso was preaching to […]

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