Still armed with different metrics, TV giants lay claim to lead

August 4th, 2018

Broadcast giant GMA Network Inc. claimed a lead in urban ratings for July 2018 as it received a boost from its coverage of special events, including President Duterte’s third State of the Nation Address.

Rejecting ‘No-el’, rejecting ‘Con-ass’

August 4th, 2018

Shortly after it happened, Party-list Rep. Lito Atienza offered the most positive spin a politician could give to that spectacle of a coup against Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez that upstaged President Duterte’s State of the Nation Address. The congressmen, said Atienza, ousted Alvarez because he wanted to cancel the 2019 midterm elections.

Where’s mention of Mindanao martial law?

August 1st, 2018

For something as consequential as martial law, there was not a single mention of it in President Duterte’s State of the Nation Address (Sona). And for a vast island group, home to six unique administrative regions, Mindanao was only mentioned eight times. Finally, in his sentence closing that mention of Mindanao, Mr. Duterte spoke of only two directions his home region could take: war or peace.

Logically inconsistent Sona

August 1st, 2018

I nearly fell off my seat when President Duterte in his third State of the Nation Address (Sona) said: “You are for human rights (referring to human rights advocates), I am for human lives.”

Intoxicating lure of power

July 31st, 2018

It was the stuff that events or movie directors dread or dream of, depending on what kind of a director you are. Joyce Bernal certainly did not expect the spectacle that happened in last week’s State of the Nation Address.

Directors’ cut: Reviewing the 2018 Sona

July 27th, 2018

Filipino filmmakers weigh in on President Duterte’s third State of the Nation Address (Sona). The President’s first two Sonas were directed by Cannes winner Brillante Ma Mendoza. This year, Joyce Bernal, a director known for romantic comedies, was tasked to meg the television coverage.

The violent 1970 Marcos Sona

July 25th, 2018

That the President delivered a miraculously expletive-free and nonrambling State of the Nation Address (Sona) last Monday should have grabbed headlines. But the many sideshows in and out of the halls of Congress crowded the news. There was the usual noisy rally outside, an alternative Sona elsewhere, and the struggle for the House leadership between Pantaleon Alvarez and Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.


July 25th, 2018

I was asked to speak to the crowd that had gathered in UP Diliman and was preparing to leave for the State of the Nation Address (Sona) events. But I declined, saying young people should be the ones to speak.

Some fashion flair, but usual pomp missing in this year’s Sona

July 24th, 2018

Kibitzers hoping to finally see some fashion flair from the women close to President Rodrigo Duterte should be pleased: Daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio and his sons’ partners all wore Cary Santiago, the prominent Cebu designer, to the President’s third State of the Nation Address (Sona) — though they skipped the red carpet.

PH will continue to pursue independent foreign policy

July 23rd, 2018

The Philippines will continue to pursue an independent foreign policy, President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday as he touted to critics his administration’s relationship with foreign governments. 

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