Chief

I MET HER for the first time on March 22, 2013, the day after my father died. She had come to pay her respects, and she did so without the fanfare that usually drapes celebrities. She sat in front and immediately engaged my mom and brother in conversation. I remember that she was dressed simply

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

New World Order

HE WAS JOKING. But you know what jokes are in this regime – they’re depravity clothed in chuckles. Panty Alvarez was having a ball. It was his 60th birthday and boy, was he the life of the party. And what a party! The president had come to fête him, as had a thousand other VVIPs.

Leila

I FIRST MET Leila when I was in high school. She was one of my Dad’s students in the San Beda College of Law and I occasionally proctored her class. Daddy’s students then knew him as Dean Isagani A. Cruz – constitutionalist, political law expert, lawbook author, tough mentor – “terror.” To excel in his

Silence is NOT an Option

  ANOTHER PERSON WAS killed Monday night – a priest, 72 year-old Fr. Tito Paez, whose only fault, it seems, was to take up the cudgels for the marginalized. Authorities have been insisting that crime is down and the country is so safe now that it’s all right to take evening strolls. Well, the night wasn’t safe for

Formless and Void

I MET WITH friends last week to talk about where we’re headed – more important, where Rodrigo Duterte is taking us. Thankfully, the company and food were good. The discussion was depressing. FORMLESS To be fair, we took an objective look at federalism. We wanted to know whether it was something the country truly needs now – is

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