The poor should be considered equal participants in the economy, not ‘victims’ of it

How can we “help the poor”? It depends on one’s definition of “helping”. At its worst, “helping the poor” is seen by many as simply dropping a few coins in the poor box at church or donating stuff to a charity. The poor, in this regard, are seen as charity cases, and this has come […]

The CBCP’s fake idea that the poor are “blessed” is the reason the Philippines remains poor

To Filipinos, rich people are “evil” and a life focused on the acquisition of money is a life to be ashamed of. And so there really is no reason to continue wondering why Filipinos remain an impoverished people today. The very idea of aspiring to be rich seems, to Filipinos, to be a thought to […]

People Should Stop Craving for “Highs”

Since drugs remain a prominent topic in the Duterte administration, let’s have a related concept as a topic of discussion: highs. Not just drug highs. Any kind of high. The rush from dopamine and other brain chemicals giving you that pleasurable or euphoric feeling that you wished lasted forever. Trying to satisfy that craving. The […]

Filipinos need to kill their cultural demons in order to kill their real enemies

Filipinos need to “unite” to solve their big macro national problems. Yet Filipinos, unfortunately, are a people pulled in different directions. We have Yellowtards versus Dutertards, the masses versus the oligarchs, Christians versus Muslims, and Imperial Manila versus the rest of the country among other battles being waged that are ripping Philippine society apart. Adding […]

Here is why Duterte’s critics want him dead…

The harshest critics of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte have in recent days exhibited again the abject darkness of their character. Speculation on the health of the president following his conspicuous absence from this year’s Independence Day ceremony at the Rizal Park on the 12th June reached fever pitch as Netizens from the usual camps fielded […]

Duterte critics who wish him dead have no respect for human rights

Members of the Philippine Liberal Party and their supporters are feeling a sense of schadenfreude lately.  They delight in the thought that President Rodrigo Duterte could be sick. Some of them even claim that he is in a coma.  Apparently, someone has been spreading the rumor that he is in a coma. This was after Duterte decided […]

Senator Cynthia Villar is correct: Eating too much rice is bad for the health

Philippine Senator Cynthia Villar drew some flak for suggesting that Filipinos limit their rice consumption. She thinks banning “unlimited rice” (or “unli-rice”) offerings in restaurants would be a good start. It was a preposterous idea, some say. “Who is she to tell us how much rice we eat?”, others asked in disgust. Then there were […]

Filipinos need to make a choice: Bomb Marawi City to the ground or sustain more military casualties

The battle for Marawi City is degrading into a protracted stalemate between Philippine government troops and Maute terrorists holed up in buildings in the city centre. Though clearly enjoying superior firepower and logistical support, the Philippine military’s progress in retaking Marawi has tapered off. Despite sustaining heavy aerial bombardment, the enemy has proven difficult to […]