Why the use and abuse of “The Silent Majority” annoys me to no end

One, the silent majority is a pretentious name for a minority that wants to appear bigger and stronger than it actually is. Two, a minority, whose political affiliations clearly spell out a desire to return to the unacceptable status quo, cannot presume to speak for the real silent majority, the rest of the people who … Continue reading Why the use and abuse of “The Silent Majority” annoys me to no end

Will Facebook’s security system ever cure fake news and trolling?

BIG brouhaha over the week was the blocking of veteran and multi-awarded journalist Inday Espina Varona from accessing her Facebook account. The reason for the incident was apparently some trolls had undertaken a cyber operation to report Varona's account as unfit for the social media platform. Her access was restored by Facebook after an uproar … Continue reading Will Facebook’s security system ever cure fake news and trolling?

The DeLimaNovela and getting national juices flowing

OF LATE the arrest and presentation to congress of drug lord Kerwin Espinosa and bodyguard Ronnie Dayan have opened a new chapter to the travails of Senator Leila De Lima, flooding social media with much discussion and vitriol. The gameplan of this administration, apparently, is to expose De Lima as corrupt drug lord who used … Continue reading The DeLimaNovela and getting national juices flowing

‘Simbad’ and other fish talk – Micky Fenix

When the newspaper wrapping was removed, the fish looked like talakitok. Gina Navarro, whose family owns Estrel’s Caramel Cake, said it was called simbad in her hometown, Oriental Mindoro, and that it thrives in Naujan Lake. It reminded me of maliputo, a prized, expensive fish found in Taal Lake in Batangas. On my first trip … Continue reading ‘Simbad’ and other fish talk – Micky Fenix

Confirming the political leverage used for the Marcos LNMB burial

RECENTLY we wrote about how the various administrations from Cory Aquino all the way to her son Noynoy and now Rodrigo Duterte had dealt with the Marcos Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB) burial for political leverage. Basically, they recognized during their campaign for office and tenure that the Marcoses were a political force to contend … Continue reading Confirming the political leverage used for the Marcos LNMB burial

Kanpai! Marcos has been buried in the LNMB!

The Marcos burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB) made me think of the Japanese word Kanpai, for some reason. In fact, the very title of this article kind of seems like an anime title, don't you think? In the Japanese language, depending on the Kanji characters used, the word kanpai can mean two very different things. … Continue reading Kanpai! Marcos has been buried in the LNMB!