Happy “Independence” Day Philippines!

It’s that time of the year again when Filipinos pretend that they are a 100+ year-old independent country. But the issue of whether or not the Philippines actually was a nation since 1898 remains debatable to this day.

After all, it remains a fact that the United States granted the Philippines independence on the 4th of July 1946.

Fake news??? This was reported by no less than the New York Times back in 1946.

For all the screeching about “historical revisionism” our ears are subject to, the biggest piece of revisionism seems to be glossed over every year.

Perhaps it is time Filipinos settle this once and for all. When did the Philippines really WIN independence?

The debate (if any) continues…

The Philippines has become truly INDEPENDENT under President Rodrigo Duterte

Several generations of “activists” have, in their now characteristically-shrill manner, decried the persistence of “US Imperialism” despite being granted “independence” more than 70 years ago on the 4th of July, 1946. What seems to fly above their pointed heads is that the beginnings of a true freedom from “US Imperialism” had actually begun under the leadership of current President Rodrigo Duterte.

Under Duterte, the Philippines had pivoted away from the agenda of its former colonial master and embraced the Asian community within which it truly belongs. The success of this pivot is evident in the shrill stink being raised by Old Guard “activists” who see themselves as the traditional owners of “dissent” in the Philippines’ political discourse.

For the proponents of “people power” activism (the activist axis consisting of the Yellowtards and the Roman Catholic Church) and “revolutionary activism” (the activist sub-culture consisting of communists and their vassals in campus “progressive” organisations), the pivot away from the United States seems to have induced a bizarre separation anxiety. We see this today in how they now desperately cling to the West and, worse, their traditional media for intellectual validation.

When it comes to the crunch, today’s Opposition would rather contradict their own fundamental principles than evolve in a more sustainable manner to be in touch with the pulse of the Filipino public. This has severely cost them — an entire nation lost over two elections in a row.

Maria Ressa TOO SCARED to file libel charges against Bobi Tiglao!

Rappler CEO Maria Ressa is on a rampage following Bobi Tiglao’s explosive series of exposés on her dishonesty and hypocrisy.

Tiglao points out that Ressa is an American, bashing the Philippines and that as part of her commitment to American citizenship, she is sworn to “absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which [she had] been a subject or citizen.”

But Ressa “acquired Filipino citizenship in 2004 to make it legally easier for her to work as a manager at ABS-CBN Broadcasting, a media company where foreigners are banned by the Constitution from participating”, as Tiglao writes in his follow-on piece Rappler’s Ressa is a colossal con man. Indeed, she does have a “distressed career” to salvage. She today mounts a textbook Victimhood Campaign involving “her portrayal as a hapless journalist struggling against a powerful state”. And yet, in actual fact, “she is under the protection of the world’s most powerful nation” — her true motherland, the United States of America.

Understandably, Ressa is livid. But then asked by humble Netizens why she should not just file libel charges against Tiglao, Ressa responded in her usual arrogant, condescending, and haughty demeanour.

Of course, any schmoe can dismiss the opinion of a respected columnist as mere “fantasies”. She can even tweet that dismissal to her millions of followers as much as she wants. However, the way the world works today makes containing that growing sentiment a bit more difficult than merely throwing a sophomoric tantrum.

Ressa, of course, has the option of suing for libel. That’s when it gets interesting and what will separate the men from the boys. Your move, Maria Ressa.

Leni Robredo should be president because she has a US Visa according to the Yellowtards

To Filipinos, a US visa is worth its weight in gold. That’s because Filipinos haven’t gotten over being a colony of the United States. Unfortunately, they were deprived of the privilege of being governed by the United States thanks to the pomposity of early “patriots” like the late former Commonwealth President Manuel L Quezon who proclaimed, “I would rather have a country run like hell by Filipinos than a country run like heaven by the Americans…”

Quite a prescient statement one can now see with the benefit of hindsight.

Yet the Yellowtards have found a new reason to admire “vice president” Leni Robredo — because she can travel to the land of the former colonial master. And to think the communist allies of the Yellowtards are renowned for their baffling habit of calling out their imagined “US-[insert current Philippine president’s name here] Dictatorship” decade in and decade out.

It’s no wonder the words of the Opposition never quite add up. The people and things they worship all don’t get along.