Before dawn today, while most of us were still in dreamland, the Philippine Congress formally proclaimed Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as the president-elect and Noli de Castro as the vice-president-elect. After being proclaimed, Arroyo called for unity: “This is the time for forgiveness and letting-go-of-the-past,” she said. But how could she call on the people to forgive… Continue reading Proclaimed

Shooting the messenger

Another media practitioner was killed Thursday last week. The victim was Radyo Natin broadcaster Eliseo “Ely” Binoya of General Santos City. The National Union of Journalists (NUJP), strongly condemned the killing. “Perhaps because the perpetrators have been able to get away with it, the attacks against journalists continue,” it said in a statement. NUJP also… Continue reading Shooting the messenger

Categorized as Media

What the GIL?

Eddie Gil, the annoying would-be presidentiable is not just boasting of his trillions of money today. Aside from an album, a cameo role in the movie Volta and tv guestings, hes now making movies—and perhaps more money than he claims to have. He may as well pay our debts, which by the way stands at… Continue reading What the GIL?

Categorized as People


Don’t you just hate it when you hear about spoiled, rich kids trying to kill each other? How about when one of those involved is a son of a senator of the Republic?

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Freedom and Paranoia

Here are some scenes, as shown in television reports yesterday, inside Queen Gloria’s “Strong Republic”: Policemen arrested supporters of Fernando Poe, Jr. in Payatas who were distributing anti-administration flyers. They were later freed because the cops did not know what charges could be filed against them. In Mendiola, a pro-FPJ protesters’ rally was violently dispersed… Continue reading Freedom and Paranoia

Welcome to Piercing Pens!

“The pen is mightier than the sword.” — Edward Bulwer-Lytton Welcome to Piercing Pens. We are a pair of twenty-something writer-journalists struggling in the troubled waters of the Philippine media. Join us as we dissect the news and issues that we encounter daily.

Categorized as General