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Politics

The Irony of Vice

Vice Ganda is right: not all who protest are really out there protesting. Some of them were just paid to protest. Some of them were just bribed; perhaps to buy a few kilos of rice for their trouble. But there’s the rub: that’s the cost of dissent in this country. I don’t think that Vice was […]

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Politics

Throwing the Rock

In 2000, Edward Said – the man behind Orientalism and the driving force of postcolonialism – did something that most public intellectuals wouldn’t do: he threw a rock in the immediate direction of Israeli Army personnel deployed at the Lebanese border. Not that Said hurt anyone, but the act of throwing a rock was symbolic: defiance towards his […]

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Politics

On That BIR Ad

Much has been said about the BIR’s half-page ads on paying taxes, mostly from doctors who see the ads as “unfair” to their profession. Lots of “two cents” shared on the matter, too. But I’m not a doctor, a lawyer, or an online seller: I’m one of those people who do ads for a living […]

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Politics

The Binay Card

By now, much has been said about the whole Binay imbroglio.  Binay’s own camp weighed in, which makes this all the more interesting. I’m not the biggest fan of Binay – not by a long shot – but the guy has always been consistent about playing the victim.  In the minds of the Binays, it’s […]

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Current Politics

Thomas the White Communist

Without beating around the bush, here’s the reason why Thomas Van Beersum is hated and reviled by many netizens: he is a white Communist from the Netherlands who’s friends with Jose Ma. Sison. What’s there not to hate? We don’t like being told off by foreigners who think they know everything. We don’t like Communists […]

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Politics

Only Taxpayers Should Vote?

I don’t believe in the idea that only taxpayers should vote. Without going into a rant about how “elitist” and “anti-poor” this idea is – and let’s face it, there’s nothing to this other than the denial of rights to those who can’t afford it – it sounds like a good idea.  Middle-class sensibilities were […]

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Politics

L’Esprit de L’Escalera

“Copying,” says Senator Sotto, “is the highest form of flattery.”  Yet in three Senate terms, the Filipino voting public flattered him through a copying of a different sort: his name in the ballot. The French have a term for it: l’esprit de l’escallier.  It’s a perfect retort made too late, as when one argues on a […]

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Politics

Seeing Red

For those unfamiliar with the history of the fractured Left in the Philippines, the past few days were a very compelling – if not agitating – crash course. As Anakbayan and Akbayan have locked horns on the matter of “red-baiting,” “yellow-baiting,” and baiting of all sorts, we saw two things unfold. First: the arguments and […]

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Politics

Honorable Crocodiles

Today in the news: Pampanga Rep. Aurelio Gonzales files a resolution appealing to stop portraying members of the House as villains and crooks in movies and telenovelas. Gonzales claims that by typecasting the Congressman as a villain or a crook – much less a crocodile – the general public forms a negative impression of our […]

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