From the Facebook page of Leni Gerona Robredo: Security briefing with the AFP top brass.

Madam Vice President, good evening.

I hope you can spare a moment to read this rather lengthy letter. I’m fully aware of how busy you are in the campaign trail. I wrote it to remind myself and others of what is at stake in the coming elections.

To me, the…

*Trigger warning.

The marriage was wind-blown and flood-prone from the start.

Happy though they were in thinking that tying the knot might iron out some of the creases that began early in the relationship, it was apparent that the noose resembled more a hangman’s than a Christmas ribbon.

Months and…

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) core members prior to his talk to the people at the Arcadia Active Lifestyle Center in Matina, Davao City on September 2, 2021. SIMEON CELI/ PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

It was half-past one on the morning of Sunday, Sept. 5. No wind blew on that rather dark and starless night, not a drop in the heat index that had remained consistent throughout the day.

Social media did little to ease the onerous clime that had turned most newsfeeds into…

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III gives an update to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte during a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) core members at the Arcadia Active Lifestyle Center in Matina, Davao City on August 16, 2021. JOEY DALUMPINES/ PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

This bizarre soiree of ignorantia legis (ignorance of the law), to which we’ve been treated by such patent political luminaries as the Philippine National Police Chief and the President himself, got me thinking: to whom do we owe the warped distinction of being regarded as buffoons?

Surely their statements were…

Nonoy Espina, press freedom advocate (*Photo used with permission from the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines)

We exercise press freedom not because we are allowed to. We exercise freedom because we insist on being free. — Nonoy Espina, former chair of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines

When people insist on being free, in a world gagged and shackled by power-hungry wolves, the same are likely to get into serious trouble.

Noynoy Espina, former chair of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, knew this for a fact. Yet he remained unswerving in his belief that…

A lesser-known photograph of Dr. Jose Rizal taken in Madrid.

Some Filipinos hate Jose Rizal. Consider me one of them.

Reasons vary. For some, Rizal was too much a part of the bourgeoisie to soil his hands with blood and gunpowder. Others stress he was a lackey of the Americans, a “safe” choice for a Filipino national hero all because…

Joel Pablo Salud

Joel Pablo Salud is the author of several books of fiction and political nonfiction. He is a columnist for LiCASNews Philippines.

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