The Underpinnings of Filipino Anti-Intellectualism

Discussions about the Philippines’ problems and condition often lead to the topic of anti-intellectualism, as what our webmaster Benign0 recently wrote about. It is considered one of the factors why the Philippines remains a bottom-feeder among societies. Many try to explain it as a result lack of education or poverty. Sure, poverty may be one […]

Local Journalism’s Adversarial Role is Overrated

After writing about journalists not being special, sometimes sacrificing truth and opposing for opposing’s sake, further reading revealed to me that some journalists act as they do because they believe journalists should be adversarial. Because of the belief that journalists are “defenders of democracy,” which in turn is partly because of the recommendations of the […]

The Philippines is now truly INDEPENDENT after pulling out from the International Criminal Court

It takes real guts not just to stand up to a former colonial master but also walk away from its comfy embrace. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte did just that. By withdrawing from the International Criminal Court (ICC), he led Filipinos in demonstrating that they are willing to leave their comfy parents’ nest and fly off […]

The Philippines needs FILIPINO investment more than foreign investment

News is getting around that contrary to what doomsayers in the Philippine Opposition (led by their obsolete thought leaders in the Liberal Party, a.k.a. the Yellowtards) are saying, investors remain bullish about the Philippines. Indeed, a recent report published by Business Insider ranked the Philippines Number One in a list of “the best countries to […]

Filipinos must put EDSA I and Yellowtardism where they belong

In the rubbish bin of history. By now it is pretty obvious that there is still a considerable group of Filipinos – many of them supposedly who are “educated” – who refuse to let go of the EDSA I narrative. To put it quite plainly, EDSA People Power happened simply because the leader at that […]

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Opposition should never be done for its own sake

The “opposition” keeps on going against the current administration under Duterte. But often, instead of putting out sensible points, they just say, “Duterte, dictator” or “Duterte, puppy of the Americans.” Despite the prevalence of tales of Duterte’s hand in death squads in Davao, these tales remain allegations – tsismis or gossip – so “Duterte, murderer” […]

The Philippine Opposition is obsolete and needs to be replaced with one focused on nation building

What next? Again, this is the question Filipinos are left with following this year’s “EDSA People Power Revolution” anniversary. Specifically, the question of how exactly to build upon the experience of this 1986 “revolution” has become a head-scratcher for most. It all seemed clear back then — how “freedom” would be the foundation upon which […]

Does a Good Story Really Sacrifice the Truth?

A good story need not sacrifice the truth, but there are times it does. This is the case in movies. That’s a given, though. Even if done as a “historically accurate” piece, many movies sacrifice accuracy to fit ideal story elements. A completely accurate movie is almost non existent. Perhaps in movies, we could let […]