I’VE HEARD THE arguments and I agree, it’s an option. But I don’t feel it’s the best one, or that it’s even warranted now. Martial law will spark rancor perhaps until my generation dies out. We were the “martial law babies” raised in the Marcos dictatorship, whose vistas and opportunities were constricted from the moment we could walk. We were the

Revolutionary Government?

THE PHILIPPINE STAR’S early report did not say who distributed the “Declaration of the Revolutionary Government” at the April 2 Palit Bise indignation rally. it only cautiously stated that these folks were “likely not [the] Duterte supporters” who called for the protest action. It did not reveal its basis for that conclusion. The Philippine Daily Inquirer’s later item, however, stated that it was the


I’VE HAD TROUBLE sleeping since November 18 when Marcos was surreptitiously interred, but when I got home after the November 30 protest rally at the People Power Monument, I slept like a baby. Not only because I was tired, having stood and shaken my fist and shouted my throat hoarse from 4 till 10 pm,


IN ADDITION TO the actuality of Marcos’s burial, what grieved me yesterday was the ignorant arrogance that rolled in droves off social media. I avoided my Facebook newsfeed precisely so I wouldn’t see them, but they jumped at me from the live feeds of the metro-wide rallies I was watching. I’m appalled at this social media


ONE WORD I learned during martial law was “desensitization.” It explained the people’s apparent indifference to the piles of uncollected garbage in the streets; to the masses of underclad, undernourished children in the slums; to the very slums themselves, which were conveniently wrapped in brightly painted walls whenever a foreign dignitary was in town. It helped me

Dissing Dissent

I’VE PURPOSELY AVOIDED tuning in to the Duterte press conferences because I’m hyperacidic and watching him triggers the disorder. I tried watching him once and I barely managed 20 minutes. He began talking about burying Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani and the cramping began. Looks like this presidency is bad for my health.


THE FRUSTRATED GOVERNOR faced the prisoner. He knew him to be falsely accused, but in vain did Pilate seek to exonerate Him.     “You are a king, then!” said Pilate.     Jesus answered, “You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came