[ANALYSIS] The shape of bullshit: Flattening the discourse

The day after Congress proclaimed him president-elect, Ferdinand Marcos Jr. held a news conference with only three news organizations in attendance. GMA Network, the country’s largest, was one of the three invited; the others were the two religion-owned broadcasting channels favored by and partial to the Marcos presidential campaign, Net 25 and SMNI. None of … Read more

[ANALYSIS] Will the next energy chief be up to the task?

The choice of the next energy secretary is crucial to the country’s power future. The energy sector, after all, is among the most critical components of economic development. The outgoing Duterte government would be leaving behind a plethora of problems in the sector which, if not properly addressed by the incoming administration, could spell doom … Read more

[ANALYSIS] Security Council split spells end of an era for US-led sanctions on North Korea

A decision by China and Russia to veto new United Nations sanctions on North Korea pushed by the United States shattered any veneer of global cooperation, straining efforts to pressure Pyongyang as it prepares to conduct a new nuclear test. The two countries on Thursday, May 26, vetoed a US-led push to impose more UN … Read more

[ANALYSIS] Kilalanin ang bagong Marcos technocrats

Sa wakas ay nabubuo na ang economic team ni incoming president Ferdinand Marcos Jr. Noong Lunes, May 23, sinabi ng kampo niya na si Arsenio Balisacan ang magiging director-general ng National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). Kasalukuyan siyang chairman ng Philippine Competition Commission. Noong Huwebes naman, May 26, inanunsiyo na lilipat si Benjamin Diokno mula … Read more

[ANALYSIS] Bursts of anti-Robredo posts partially driven by groups with short-lived political activity

“The Bursts of Anti-Robredo Posts Partially Driven by Groups with Short-lived Political Activity” is a study presented by the author from ACCeSs@AIM in the eleventh #FactsFirstPH research briefing held on May 6, 2022. The full copy of the research is reposted with permission. Almost all internet users in the Philippines use Facebook. Because of this, … Read more

[ANALYSIS] Nasaan na ang economic team ni Marcos Jr.?

Pakigalaw ang baso, please. Noong May 11, 2016, dalawang araw matapos ang eleksiyon kung saan nanalo si Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte, binuo niya ang isang “transition team” upang planuhin na ang pagpasok ng kanyang administrasyon. Isang araw matapos noon, May 12, ibinunyag naman ni Carlos Dominguez III – finance head ng campaign team ni Duterte, at … Read more

[ANALYSIS] Fake news and internet propaganda, and the Philippine elections: 2022

“Fake News, Internet Propaganda, and Philippine elections: 2016 to 2019” is a study presented in a #FactsFirstPH research briefing held on May 04, 2022. The full copy of the research is reposted with permission from the authors. This is Part 2 of a two-part paper on fake news and internet propaganda in the last 3 … Read more

[ANALYSIS] Delikado ang kasaysayan. Teachers at historians, assemble!

“Kung sa Duterte presidency, ang pangunahing isyu ay karapatang pantao, sa Marcos iyon a presidency ang kathanan.” Ganyan ang sinabi sa Ingles ni Rappler managing editor Chay Hofileña para sa isang article ng New Yorker kamakailan. At isang aspekto ng katotohanan na namimiligro sa susunod na Marcos administration ay ang kasaysayan. Halimbawa, may mga pangambang … Read more

[ANALYSIS] We have been down this road before: The dynamics of Restoration

The political world is full of shadows – of the past. On anniversaries, the population of that past – the former officials, hangers-on, foot soldiers, and lieutenants – shuffles out, briefly, to lay wreaths and trot out memories shiny yet threadbare from constant reuse. It is a population that has learned to keep its head … Read more