corrupt by association

I would like to think I'm political. I mean, I try to keep myself updated in Philippine politics and I can engage in discussions about politics and the affairs of the country with some level of competency that affords me my opinions: I pay my taxes, I vote, I participate in some online petitions, and…Read more corrupt by association

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apprehensions

As the date of my eventual return to my home city comes ¬†closer, I am starting to get apprehensive. I've kept in touch with family and friends and my city through the Internet and saw what was happening over news and photos shared over social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Often enough, I…Read more apprehensions

they call it the ghost month

In the Philippines, many businesses and industries follow a Chinese superstition regarding starting projects on August, which they call the "ghost month." I'm too lazy and filled with so much deep and personal writing from last night to actually try and discover the exact origin of the "ghost month." All I can remember is that…Read more they call it the ghost month

far from over

Last night, Janet Napoles has surrendered to the president a day (or few days) after he placed a ten million peso bounty on her head. Janet Lim Napoles is the woman who was tagged as a major benefactor in the pork barrel scam and the person who created fake NGOs in order to receive large…Read more far from over

and a million people marched

I don't know what I was expecting. I guess I was hoping it would feel like EDSA 2; when we all banded together at EDSA and, hand-in-hand, voiced our distaste and displeasure of then-president Estrada. We toppled that administration, only to usher in another corrupt demon; this one was more canny, though. This one was…Read more and a million people marched

hold the pork

Just as I posted my previous blog entry, Priority Assistance Development Fund: What Assistance? What Priority?, I saw an article posted on my Facebook feed an article by Rappler that says PNoy puts release of pork on hold until probe ends. I suppose I should be happy because that's what I was asking, but not…Read more hold the pork

Priority Assistance Development Fund: What Assistance? What Priority?

The rains have come again and it hasn't stopped. Typhoon Maring has flooded parts of the country all over again and, here we go again, as citizens tweet rescue operations and towns and barangays are evacuated as the water levels rises and submerge people's homes underwater and turn the city into an un-romantic version of…Read more Priority Assistance Development Fund: What Assistance? What Priority?