PCO Secretary Martin Andanar Defeats The Opposition’s Brinksmanship Play

One way of defining brinksmanship is to say that it is "the art or practice of pursuing a dangerous policy to the limits of safety before stopping, typically in politics." It is a timid and rather treacherous ploy where the one attempting brinksmanship will attack his opponent in a way that can be later denied … Continue reading PCO Secretary Martin Andanar Defeats The Opposition’s Brinksmanship Play

Much Ado About the #LeniLeaks Yahoogroups

When I first came across talk about a supposed ouster plot against President Rodrigo R. Duterte being planned using a Yahoogroup, my first reaction was, "People still use Yahoogroup?" After that, it was a bit hard for me to believe that some people would actually be stupid enough to use a publicly viewable Yahoogroup to … Continue reading Much Ado About the #LeniLeaks Yahoogroups

Are Criminal Syndicates Funding Attacks On Duterte?

Perhaps Duterte social media stalwarts Mocha Uson, Sass Rogando, Franco Mabanta and Thinking Pinoy have already put this question out there, so maybe I'm just echoing the suspicion that criminal syndicates are funding an attempt to oust President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. Having lost billions of pesos of income over the past several months, criminal syndicates are probably starving by now … Continue reading Are Criminal Syndicates Funding Attacks On Duterte?

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?

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!

That pesky proviso on habeas corpus – Jarius Bondoc

Don’t worry about Rodrigo Duterte suspending the writ of habeas corpus, spokesmen say. The President is just “articulating an idea and a hyperbole.” Supposedly there’s need to “create awareness ... about terrorists ... lawless violence ... by drug lords.” So please use “creative imagination” to interpret his remarks, the press is advised. No true journalist … Continue reading That pesky proviso on habeas corpus – Jarius Bondoc