‘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


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!

AMLC access – Daxim L. Lucas

Not a few eyebrows were raised when it was announced Wednesday last week that Insurance Commission chief Emmanuel Dooc would be the new president of the Social Security System. Dooc was, after all, an appointee of former President Aquino and supposedly a recommendee of former Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, and the current administration has made … Continue reading AMLC access – Daxim L. Lucas

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

Corruption kills – Boo Chanco

I just finished reading the handwritten suicide notes of Francisco Villa, Jr., an official of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) and the older brother of my colleague Charie Villa. It’s sad to hear of someone who had to take his life because he couldn’t see himself acceding to corrupt practices in his workplace. That’s not … Continue reading Corruption kills – Boo Chanco

Urban congestion and traffic — Boo Chanco

Being stuck in traffic is the daily bane of our existence. Our government goes through the motions of seeming to address the problem, but in reality is so afraid to make the tough decisions that will begin to make conditions better. So much for political will… even of Duterte or his minions! We, the public, … Continue reading Urban congestion and traffic — Boo Chanco