Thinking Pinoy: February 2016

February 27, 2016

Roxas and Corruption: Campaign Planes, Election Spending, Mining Interests and Lumad Rights

Quid pro quo. Whether we want to admit it or not, this phrase defines the game of life. This same rule applies to every electoral campaign: something for something, this for that.

 When I first heard that Liberal Party (LP) bet Manuel “Mar” Araneta Roxas III spent ₱ 257 million just for August 2015 TV ads, my initial reaction was “meh, mayaman naman talaga si Mar.”. I know that he belongs to the wealthy oligarchy, so I guess that was expected. If my clan owns the Araneta Center, I guess I can afford to do that. After all, how many Filipinos can afford to go to Wharton?

How to get away with Plunder

Liberal Party President Manuel "Mar" Roxas II
The Liberal Party and its financiers teach us how we can plunder the country and emerge from it scot-free.

The issue started with a Philippine Star article that criticized Roxas’ use of campaign planes owned by illegal miner Eric Gutierrez. Then it got bigger. A lot, lot bigger.

February 26, 2016

2 UP Debater-Friends talk about PiliPinas Debates 2016


Thinking Pinoy (TP) and JC have been friends for more than a decade. They met through the UP Debate Society, where both of them were members. In this article, let me, TP, share with you our real-time conversation while we were both watching the Presidential Debates on GMA 7 aired Sunday, February 21st.

POE-blematic Scenarios: Another President Ferdinand Marcos?

With Grace Poe's DQ issue, there can be three Philippine presidents in one year. Yes, you heard me right.

Malacanang awards Roxas’ Illegal Miner “Friend”

SR Metals Inc receives "environmental award" from Malacanang

Philippine Presidential candidate’s illegal miner crony receives “environmental award” from PNoy.

San Roque Metals Inc. (SR Metals), along with several mining companies, received the 
“Presidential Mineral Industry Environmental Award” from President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

February 16, 2016

Roxas and Corruption: Campaign Planes, Election Spending, Mining Interests


Quid pro quo. Whether we want to admit it or not, this phrase defines the game of life. This same rule applies to every electoral campaign: something for something, this for that.