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

Liable?

DID YOU HEAR about that “RevGov rally” that took place on November 7 at the Quezon Memorial Circle? Vivian Velez and her Network Revolution made a call on social media for the DDS to converge at the grandstand at 2 pm. There would be a short program after which they would form a human chain around the

Where are the 18 crates?

THIS WILL BE SHORT. I’ve only got some advice to share: No matter how annoying Harry Roque is, don’t let him distract you. A lot of what he says has the power to raise your blood pressure, but not much else. It’s largely opinion, mostly his own, and it’s actually irrelevant. As the presidential spokesman, his job is

Where is Tita Nanie?

I HAVEN’T FORGOTTEN.  Despite all the distractions since the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee ended its hearings on the P6.4 billion shabu haul, I still want to know who Tita Nanie is. More than that, I want to know where she’s been hiding. As to her identity, two possibilities were ruled out by the BRC on August 22. But at the sensational September

Duty-bound

IT’S BEEN ON his mind since the campaign, and he clearly means to do it. On October 13, a peeved Rodrigo Duterte again threatened to declare a revolutionary government, this time to deal with “destabilizers” once and for all. On his Facebook wall, former solicitor general Florin Hilbay cited the legal definition of a revolutionary government, then qualified it with this caution: “In the

Dealing With Bullies

GROWING UP, I was taught that the noble spirit soars. It puts others above self, exalts excellence, and defends righteousness for the benefit of all. I understood how idealistic that was, but therein lay its beauty: ideals transcend us and invite aspiration; they beckon us and we dream. The nearer a person achieves the ideal, the greater the social

Por Vida!

WHAT A WEEK. Rodrigo Duterte’s tailspin has not been arrested, in fact it has intensified. After Sonny Trillanes’s privilege speech last Tuesday, Duterte spat out venom against him, the Ombudsman, and the Chief Justice every chance he could.  Speaking at sewer level (as usual), Duterte revealed such juicy tidbits as the alleged state of Trillanes’s genitalia 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