Thinking Pinoy: December 2015

December 29, 2015

Level UP: 2 Friends discuss Rody Duterte and Mar Roxas

A month after we first talked about Mar Roxas and Rody Duterte, my friend JC and I revisited the who-is-better issue. I feel that this conversation is a significant "level up" from the last one, and you may notice that it's significantly more heated than the last. However, this is just a debate: we are reasoning out, and we are not taking this personally, at all.

December 28, 2015

Si Mar Roxas at ang Cheaper Medicines Act


Hindi si Mar Roxas ang “Father of Cheap Medicines”. Siya ang sumira sa batas na ito, na siya namang ikinamatay – at ikinamamatay – ng maraming Pilipino. Tara't ipapaliwanag ko sa inyo.

December 27, 2015

2 Friends on the Presidential Race and the Christmas Break


Sira ba talaga ang ulo ni Miriam Santiago?  Paano nga kaya kung manalo si Binay? Bakit ba wagas maka-push si Grace Poe? 'Yan ang napag-usapan namin ni JC ngayong Christmas break.

December 24, 2015

FACT CHECK: Mar Roxas' "Achievements"


Many of Manuel “Mar” Roxas’ supporters share a common belief that his accomplishments dramatically overshadow his deadly and costly mistakes. They say that his grievous errors – Yolanda, Mamasapano, etc. – pale in comparison to “everything else that he has accomplished”. But what exactly is “everything else”?

December 21, 2015

FACT CHECK: Mar Roxas the Investment Banker


Mar Roxas: an "economics background" anchored on just a bachelor's degree and a 14-year investment banking career where he got promoted only once.

December 20, 2015

2 Friends on Rody's Business Islands, Mar's English, Bashing, and Black Prop


This is a conversation I had with JC a couple of days ago. It was about the the most recent stuff that's going on in the national political scene. It was fun, light-hearted and educational for both of us. Sana may mapulot din kayo.

December 17, 2015

US Ambassador confused on Mar Roxas' “Wharton MBA”

The United States Embassy in Manila

Was Mar’s way of describing his educational background confusing? A source suggests it is.
There’s a raging online debate about the right way his words should be interpreted. Judging from readers comments and tweets from pro-Admin personalities, it appears that Roxas’ supporters insist that Roxas was honest about it. They say that the use those words do not really sow confusion. It’s just that many Filipinos are unfamiliar with Wharton jargon.

PLATFORMS: Duterte on “Business Islands”, Industrialization, Food Security, Education

What will Duterte do? Duterte enumerates specific details of his goverment platform. No jokes, no cussing, no sarcasm, at last.

2 Friends on NPA, Hacienda Luisita Massacre, Roxas, PNoy, Duterte


Ang isang aksidenteng discovery na humantong sa usapan ng karapatan ng mga mahihirap. Napag-usapan namin ito ng kaibigan kong si AJ, na kasalukuyang isang OFW sa Europa. Sana ay mapulot kayo.

December 14, 2015

2 friends discuss Mar Roxas' Oplan Lambat Sibat and PH crime surge


This is a conversation I had with my friend JA about how Mar Roxas' Oplan Lambat-Sibat affected policemen's work attidudes, crime reporting, and it's effect on PH crime. We hope you can correct us if we are wrong, because we sincerely hope that we are wrong. 



Wharton Graduate Mar Roxas, that is not a "Background in Economics"!

Was Mar Roxas intentionally vague about his educational attainment just to bloat his credentials? Because what he did was like bragging about a ₱ 2 million SUV that turns out to be a Mitsubishi Montero.

December 9, 2015

Campaigning 101:  Why saying "Duterte supporters are idiots" won't work


Election day is still five months away but the political mudslinging marathon has already begun. The participants are not just the political candidates but also their staunchest supporters. The problem, however, is that very few of these mudslingers actually get the point.

December 3, 2015

2016 Elections: Beyond Rody Duterte's "P.I. Pope!"

Credits to Ms. Angel Abella.

Together with my friend, Mon Cualoping (also in photo is one of TV5’s correspondents, Mon Gualvez), I was there when Rody Duterte was officially proclaimed as PDP-Laban’s presidential bet. Least to say, I feel very lucky to be part of what was going to be a monumental event.


With a bit of apprehension (because I felt it was disrespectful, but what the heck), I took this photo (that one in the middle of the collage) because I knew it was going to be very symbolic and would come in handy one of these days. To me, this gesture was all too exciting.