June 13, 2020

Dying is a messy business, wherever and however one decides to undertake it.  It shatters dreams.  It scuppers the best laid of plans. It creates chaos, confusion and despair.  It catches the unaware off-balance.  It is merciless on the unprepared.  It leaves broken he...

February 23, 2020

MATAGAL ko nang naririnig na may isang napakaganda raw nars sa bagong ospital. Lagi siyang pinag-uusapan ng mga kasamahan ko sa opisina kapag nasa silid-kainan kami o kaya'y basta nag-uumpukan sa gabi. Kesyo pinakaperpekto daw ang hubog ng katawan, pinakamataas sa buon...

December 14, 2018


IT WAS A DARK, stormy afternoon when Carmen, my other half, and I drove down to Portsmouth on the southern coast of England from London.  It took us around two hours; we stopped for coffee along the way.

But even a warm, foamy latte could not distract...

November 27, 2018

Not many people believe in ghosts.  This much I know.  Or perhaps many people would rather deny the possibility of the existence of ghosts for whatever reason, than having to deal with the scary prospect of seeing a spectre.  They would say, “Hmmm, hard to believe.  Ar...

November 2, 2018

RODRIGO Roa Duterte must have a death wish considering the way he keeps insulting the very people who may one day soon have the power eventually over his fate.  Witness him threatening to slap the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICCt).

And th...

August 3, 2018

THE HAGUE -- Over 30 Filipinos gathered at the Hague on 30 July 2018 in order to hold a peaceful rally at the International Criminal Court (ICC).   They went there to find out more about the workings of the ICC, and to appeal to the ICC Judges to expedite the pending c...

June 24, 2018

"We are not afraid. We trust in the Lord. We are ready to battle for God’s honor."

These words appear to be the new battlecry of the Catholic Church in the Philippines as it suffers from the first casualties inflicted by President Rodrigo Duterte on the majority religio...

June 18, 2018

UPDATE ON 19 JUNE 2018.  The Supreme Court, in a similar 8-6 vote in May 2018, confirmed the ouster of former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.  A month after the ouster decision, the High Court denied Sereno's motion for reconsideration of their decision to remove h...

June 4, 2018

In a world now constantly besieged by terrorist attacks, calamities, or violent protests, it is not easy to cover such news anywhere as they endanger not just the public, but also the safety and security of the news correspondents. 

In Europe, Brussels, Paris and London...

March 4, 2018

INTENT ON discovering what Filipinos did in this country on their day off, I set off early on the  Sunday I arrived for Metro Transit Rail's Central Station.  I then came out through the Landmark exit, and turned right towards Chater Road.  The first thing I noticed as...

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