Wednesday, May 24, 2017

MAY 23, 2017 - TUESDAY

May 23 is a sad and eventful day here in the Philippines and perhaps all over the world.

Tuesday begins with news of a terrorist bombing attack in Manchester Arena, England where Ariana Grande was having her Dangerous Woman World Tour Concert.

The attack left 22 dead and wounded more than a hundred, 59 of whom are still being treated in 8 different hospitals. According to reports, the bomb exploded moments after the concert at around 10:30pm, Monday (UK Time) or 5:30am, Tuesday here in the Philippines.

At around 2 in the afternoon, a firefight erupts at Barangay Basak Malutlut in Marawi City between AFP and PNP troops against the alleged Maute (Isis) group. Events on the ground are still sketchy and there have been a lot of conflicting news.

Meanwhile, at 10 in the evening Philippine President Duterte (who is in his state visit to Russia) declared Martial Law in Mindanao.

In other news, James Bond actor Sir Roger Moore dies of cancer at age 89 in Switzerland. Moore starred in seven Bond movies from the 70's to the 80's.

  • Live and Let Die (1973)
  • The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
  • The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
  • Moonraker (1979)
  • For Your Eyes Only (1981)
  • Octopussy (1983)
  • A View To A Kill (1985)

As for my own little corner in this crazy-by-the-minute world we lived in, I was at Salu Restaurant earlier this afternoon interviewing SLEEPLESS stars Glaiza De Castro and Dominic Roco. MORE about that story on


Monday, May 8, 2017

Three Things Philippine Politics Teach Filipinos About Prosperity and Justice

Here are THREE important things that PHILIPPINE POLITICS have taught Filipinos about prosperity and justice:

  • The sure way to get rich quick is by way of a scam! - Get the most amount of money in the shortest possible time. Enough money to get you the best sleazy lawyer and enough money to bribe even the least corrupt government official to keep you off bars.
  • There's big money in PUBLIC SERVICE!  - All you need to do is learn the art of charismatic leadership and win the hearts of people - talk big during your campaign about fighting graft and corruption and hope that everyone believes you, the more people who believes in you the better your chances of getting the money people (specially those with malicious intent) in many industries to notice you as someone to win over. This usually translates into special favors and cash proposals (or bribe).
  • CROOKED POLITICIANS always get special treatments specially when you're a Robin Hood. You build your public service career as someone who is pro-poor. Steal money from the RICH (and the government) and then spread 10 to 20 percent of what you've stolen to the masses (specially the most gullible sectors) to make them fall in love with you. You keep the rest of the money as profit. When you get caught, these people will defend you, keep you out of jail, vote for you or keep you in office still.
Do I need to site examples? :)