Dispatches from the Enchanted Kingdom RSS feed for this section

What is “kadiri”?

“Kadiri” is the word that retired Bishop Teodoro Bacani used to express his disapproval of the same sex marriage ceremony held in Baguio City. The english word for kadiri is disgusting, from the noun disgust, “a feeling of revulsion or profound disapproval aroused by something unpleasant or offensive.”

Okay, so same-sex marriage offends and disgusts the Bishop Bacani. But does he have any moral ascendancy to publicly condemn the behavior of others?

Can a leopard change its spots?

A public relations man and a lawyer are alike in that determining right or wrong is not their concern. A lawyer deals with questions of law and a PR man with image. That’s why there will always be a lawyer to defend the most despicable monsters imaginable and a PR man to apply make-up. Because everyone has a right to due process and a corollary right to look good.


“We will not let the pursuit of the perfect stand in the way of achievable goals.” – Barack Obama

I thought everybody welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision to allow live coverage of the Ampatuan trial so I was surprised to read that some people were not happy with certain conditions that came with the ruling.

Jeepneys and the English Language

The mother lode of wayward metaphors was columnist Teodoro Benigno. One of his golden nuggets was “the Indians circled their wagons.” Unfortunately, the Benigno mine shut down permanently several years ago. I’ll have to pan for mixed metaphors from now on. But I won’t because prospecting is too much work. I’d rather wait for metaphorical nuggets to fall on my lap. Now before you deride me for being a devotee of Juan Tamad, let me say a few words in defense of Tamadism.

Letter to President Aquino

Dear Señorito Noy,

I hope you don’t mind that I bring up a matter I find unbearably disturbing—your decision to retain Land Transportation Office (LTO) chief Virginia Torres at the cost of losing DOTC (Department of Transportation and Communications) Secretary Jose De Jesus.

Remember when you traded your old BMW for an almost new Porsche Carrera? Political considerations aside, I thought that was a damn good deal. It demonstrated your business acumen. It revealed a quality that will serve you well when your Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) program goes on stream. It reinforced my belief that I voted for the right candidate.

Murder for life

Last week, Rizalito David, a former senatorial candidate of the anti-RH Kapatiran party, assaulted Kenneth Keng, a member of the pro-RH Filipino Freethinkers. The incident happened in the Batasan during plenary debates on the RH Bill.

Below is the victim’s account:

“It started with a brief exchange about how the RH Bill was part of America’s imperialist plot. David spoke loudly so that Keng would hear his accusation: those who didn’t agree that the Kissinger Population Report was imperialist was “bobo” (stupid). Keng replied that he has read the report and that he didn’t think it was stupid. David replied, “Like I said, bobo.” Keng ignored the comment and continued to record the hearing.