September 15, 2017

CHR as “legal fiction” and the removal of Chito Gascon

I have read some posts questioning the legal existence of the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines, with the argument being that there is no enabling law creating CHR. That is, while the Constitution provides for the creation of a CHR, the current CHR is created only by virtue of an executive order, which is EO 163 s. 1987.

September 12, 2017

What did Chito Gascon do?

This is the continuation of “Who is CHR Chair Chito Gascon? [Part 1 of 2]”.

September 5, 2017

The Impeachment Gambit: Connecting Trillanes, Bautista, Sereno, Robredo, and Marcos

After gaining lots of very useful contacts from the House of Representatives, I have discovered that the much-touted supermajority has finally started flexing its legislative muscles.

Inday, ilabas na ang chopping block!

September 3, 2017

Gordon’s Ethics Complaint: Recent discoveries suggest Trillanes is toast

Recent discoveries about dynamics inside the Senate virtually ensure Trillanes’ expulsion.

September 2, 2017

Bye-bye Trillanes? How far will Gordon’s ethics complaint go?

We are all familiar with Antonio Trillanes’ antics in the Senate. Looking back in history, I can recall that he has clashed with Senators Enrile, Sotto, Cayetano, Lacson, and Zubiri, to name a few. Trillanes got away with all of them, but it appears that he may not get away this time, when he insulted Senator Richard Gordon’s Blue Ribbon Committee, calling it a “comite de absuelto” during a 29 August 2017 senate hearing.

This case is more important that most of us think. If Trillanes is expelled, there will only be 21 active senators left, making Comelec chair Andy Bautista's prospective impeachment trial more likely to result into a conviction, as explained in "Andy Bautista exit more likely after Hontiveros kidnapping stunt".

I will not discuss anymore the “why” behind Senator Gordon’s prospective ethics complaint because I believe that the reader is already familiar with what kind of senator Trillanes is. Instead, I will attempt to explain the journey that Gordon’s complaint will take, along with the odds of it succeeding in expelling Trillanes from the Senate once and for all.

September 1, 2017

Bye-bye LP? Political implications of the Duterte-Marcos negotiations

Rodrigo Duterte never fails to surprise me.

August 26, 2017

Andy Bautista exit more likely after Hontiveros kidnapping stunt

In yesterday’s “The Kidnapper-Senator Risa Hontiveros”, I explained how Senator Risa Hontiveros is criminally liable for violating, among others, the law against kidnapping and serious illegal detention. Save for the usual dilatory tactics associated with moneyed defendants, I expect a pretty speedy trial, as the elements of the crime can be very easily proven.

But the ramifications of Hontiveros’ audacity extends beyond the confines of the courtroom, as her stupidest move yet come with blowbacks that her tiny brain was unable to foresee.

August 25, 2017

The Kidnapper-Senator Risa Hontiveros?

Senator Risa Hontiveros took custody of the three witnesses — 31-year-old and two minors aged 16 and 13 years old — since Sunday (August 20) [MB], without authorization from the minors’ parents and/or legal guardians.

Some camps argue that Senator Hontiveros and her accomplices may be liable for violating Article 267 of the Revised Penal Code, which covers Kidnapping and Serious Illegal Detention, so let’s see if she can indeed be sued for it.

I consulted my lawyer-friends and for the preparation of this article.

August 21, 2017

TRANSCRIPT: Q and A with Comelec chair's brother Martin Bautista

A couple of weeks ago, Comelec chair Andres "Andy" Bautista's wife, Patricia "Tisha" Bautista, revealed to the public pieces of evidence that strongly suggest that the husbad amassed ill-gotten wealth during his stint in the government. 

In defense of his brother Andy, Martin Bautista, a practicing gastroenterologist in the United States, came out several days after the revelation, claiming that much of Andy's alleged wealth came from him. Martin has since appeared in several shows, and he decided to reach out to social media bloggers and newspaper columnists by granting an interview.

August 8, 2017

Comelec and DOTC Corruption: Wife's exposé breeds another exposé?

Ah, Tisha! Thank you!

August 7, 2017

Customs vs Lower House: Ang Chika sa Bebot vs Mandy Saga

Parang kailangan atang may sibakin. Hulaan mo kung sino.

July 29, 2017

Duterte’s SONA marks start of Rappler’s end?

Will Rappler close down soon?

July 22, 2017

AirAsia and that excess baggage called Jamela Alindogan

My gahd! I heyt drahgs.

July 15, 2017

Conchita's Trojan Horse: Weak Mamasapano cases to provide PNoy immunity?

You think the Ombudsman's had a change of heart? Think again.

July 12, 2017

"LIKE EVERYONE ELSE": VP Robredo drove with expired license?

The opinions expressed in this article are solely of ThinkingPinoy (TP) and do not reflect the stance of any government agency.

July 4, 2017

Did Verafiles "Fact Check", or did it just follow Trillanes' orders?

What a small world!

June 23, 2017

A Traitor in Malacañang? Media Security Usec. Egco usurps Sec. Andanar’s authority

Usec. Egco, the Filipino People shall not allow the Presidential Task Force on Media Security to become a tool of the Media Cartel.

June 20, 2017

NUJP’s condemnation: Jes Aznar, Marawi Siege, and Matobato

In a statement published earlier today, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) condemned this writer, R.J. Nieto who goes by the nom de plume ThinkingPinoy, “for endangering a journalist” because of “a mistaken accusation” [NUJP].

June 4, 2017

After Resorts World Tragedy, Rappler cements rep as fake news

After its disastrous coverage of the Resorts World tragedy, Maria Ressa's EQ and IQ are on full display as she desperately does PR damage control for Rappler, her baby project.

May 19, 2017

Ill-gotten wealth? Analyzing Rappler’s “Rodrigo Duterte's 386 P. Guevarra Property”

Duterte's Alleged San Juan Property (Courtesy: Rappler)

[UPDATED 19 May 2017] Rappler's 19 May 2017 article "How Duterte's wealth in 1st 6 months compares with Aquino's" is basically a one-thousand-word essay accusing President Rodrigo Duterte of amassing ill-gotten wealth while Rappler conveniently ignores publicly available facts.

In that article, Ressa's minion Michael Bueza, the same guy who murdered PNP's crime stats, said compared changes in Duterte's SALN to that of Aquino.

Aside from the really, really bad math, I cannot for the life of me understand why such an analysis is even relevant when Duterte himself said recently that the P3-million jump in his net worth is from amount ABS-CBN owes him after the latter did not air his campaign ads [GMA].

But what's most striking in the entire tinapa-wrapper of an article is the mention of a certain alleged Duterte-owned San Juan property, which Rappler has extensively, though amateurishly, discussed in the May 2016 article "Rodrigo Duterte's 386 P. Guevarra Property"

Let me quote that part of May 19 article:
Curiously, not declared in all of his SALNs was a property in 386 P. Guevara Street in San Juan City. Duterte reportedly bought the said townhouse for his son Sebastian in 2001, when the President was then Davao City congressman.
You see, I have already definitively debunked this theory last year, and let me show you what I wrote back then .

Geez, Rapplerettes never learn.