Philippines

Saving the crook industry

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 10:55

by Alan Robles
Some weeks back, an editor friend went to a Quezon City address and parked his bicycle, chaining and locking it to a post. When he came back an hour later, he discovered he could no longer free his bike. A thief had tried to pick the lock, failed, but ended up jamming the lock. The editor had to find a hammer to break the chain.

I don't know about you but for me this incident rings alarm bells. Think carefully about the serious problem it calls attention to.

That's right: the quality of our crooks is deteriorating.

Cold War, hot words: Godwin's Law and South China Sea Diplomacy

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 10:48

by Alan Robles

Let's be clear about one thing: China is furious at the Philippines. Plenty mad.

When I asked a high-level source, "on a scale of one to 10, how angry is China at the Philippines?", he at once replied: "Nine."

It's THAT lawsuit. When Manila announced it was hauling Beijing before an arbitration court of the International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea, it made the world's next superpower look petty and cheap, as if it were a shifty litigant with a dodgy claim in a property dispute. It's a loss of face not easily forgiven and the displeasure has been evident. In February, Chinese coast guard ships used water cannon to drive Filipino boats out of traditional fishing grounds at Panatag Shoal. This March, Chinese ships stopped Philippine vessels resupplying a Marine outpost at Ayungin Shoal, forcing our military to resort to an airdrop.

Journalism in the Philippines

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 08:00

By Alan Robles

Seeing that journalism has lately become a focus of public interest, I feel it my duty as a practicing journalist to earnestly answer this specially prepared, long and comprehensive list of utterly bogus random questions about my profession:

1. What's so special about being a journalist?

For one thing, it allows a writer (like me) to use the plural pronoun and morph into the dreaded "Editorial We"

2. What's so special about this "we" thing?

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