Be the guy in white.

I STUMBLED ON THIS VIDEO in one of the Facebook groups. It originated from a pro-Duterte, pro-BBM fake news website. The video itself is authentic (it isn’t staged), but it has no backstory. Watch it and draw your own conclusions. The violence is distressing. In fact, it’s traumatizing. But there’s laughter in the background, and

Tailspin

“WHOM THE GODS would destroy, they first make mad.” That’s the popular line uttered by Longfellow’s Prometheus; as a Christian, however, I prefer Samuel Johnson’s version: “Quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat” – “Whom God will destroy, He first makes mad.” The thought doesn’t do justice to our redemptive God, who is far from the wrathful deity folks sometimes imagine. But

Oh C’mon

THREE THINGS ARE choking me up these days: the Bautista teleserye, the Customs fiasco, and the lamentable flaccidity of Alan Peter Cayetano. MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE  I don’t give a hoot about the lurid details of the Tish-Andy controversy. A lot goes on in a marriage that can’t be or shouldn’t have to be explained

Shortcut

IT SEEMS TO ME that the trouble began with shortcuts. With both the Parojinogs and the Bureau of Customs, things might have turned out differently had everyone respected the rule of law. ENABLED There’s no question about the Parojinogs’ shady past. Their deep connection with the notorious Kuratong Baleleng is well-documented, belying claims that their criminal heritage is rumor or “gawa-gawa lang ng

Humanity

Broadcast of Herbert Morrison’s eyewitness account of the Hindenburg catastrophe. “OH, THE HUMANITY!” wailed WLS Chicago broadcaster Herbert Morrison as he watched the Hindenburg explode in flames on May 6, 1937. “…[T]his is the worst of the worst catastrophes in the world…,” Morrison sobbed amid screams and the clangor of crumpling metal. “Listen, folks;” he stammered, “I…

Limit

THEY’D HAD ENOUGH. The COMELEC 35 were not moved by partisanship or lucre; they had simply reached their limit. They’d been tasked to manage a computerized tabulation system to legitimize the February 7, 1986 Snap Elections. Information technology in those days was embryonic, and theirs was no easy job; it could only be done by experts. They viewed

The Room Laughs

WHAT BOTHERED ME more than Tito Sotto’s uncouth “joke” last week was that the room laughed. It was the same mindless tittering that meets Duterte’s cussing in any speech, anytime, anywhere. Alternatively, audiences applaud. No difference. Both the laughter and applause are sycophantic knee-jerk reactions which expose our real problem: many of us no longer know right from wrong. They wanted change,

Courage

I’VE GOT TO hand it to Gary Alejano and the Magdalo group. They’ve got a lot of chutzpah. Finally, someone had the guts to call out Rodrigo Duterte and do it in a way that satisfies. Despite the contempt spewed upon it by the president’s (yes-)men, this complaint is a legitimate Constitutional move that can’t