The Aquino name is now synonymous with the word ‘massacre’ #BigasHindiBala

Philippine President Benigno Simeon Aquino’s term will now go down in history as the massacre years. If Aquino supporters can blame all atrocities committed by members of the military and police on the late former President Ferdinand Marcos during the Martial Law years, then it is only fair that Filipinos blame the atrocities committed by […]

Breaking Free from Poverty: A Politician-Independent Approach

If you had the liberty to choose which country or race you would be born into, would you choose the Philippines? I’d figure most Filipinos would readily dish out the name of a first-world country like Germany, Japan, Korea, or the United States, nations that have something to be intrinsically proud of, in stark contrast […]

Debate shows Grace Poe (and her fans) need to stay at the Holiday Inn

I think per square foot, the Philippines may very well have more tools than Ace Hardware. How else can you explain why so many people seem to have been so impressed with presidential aspirant, Sen. Grace Poe-Llamanzares’s (GPL) performance on that very non-substantive presidential debate a few days ago? Sure, she probably was the candidate […]

The Philippines is worse off 30 years after the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution

I’m tired of reading stories from old farts about the so-called “people power” revolution that transpired at EDSA in 1986. These old-timers hold a tradition to relive the tale over and over and this year is no different as Filipinos set out to mark the 30th anniversary of the event. The stories seem to be […]

Don’t thank PNoy: Economic growth does not necessarily mean good governance!

Lately I’ve been seeing these posts thanking the president for increasing our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by something like 120 billion USD. It upsets me because it betrays a piss poor understanding of economics. I’ll give you two reasons why this thinking is wrong — because two is more than enough. First and foremost, the […]

Why Does the Philippines Even Exist?

Why ask why? Well, as much as what, when, where, or how is as valid enough a starting word for an inquiry, I like to ask WHY questions because it makes us THINK. And I really encourage more Filipinos to get into the habit of doing so because it’s great cerebral-gymnastics exercise – being one […]

Kung Hei Fat Choi: EVERYBODY is sucking up to China today!

Why? Because, for now, China is where all the money trails lead to. It is becoming the biggest consumer market, the biggest source of high-rollin’ gamblers for Manila’s sprouting casinos, the biggest buyers of real estate all over the region, the biggest markets for our mineral products, and the biggest source of capital for our […]

Can the Philippines compete in the 21st Century global economy?

When the term ‘self sufficiency’ is mentioned, what often comes to mind is food. On that alone, self-sufficiency in terms of food is already a big issue in the Philippines. The Philippines is the world’s biggest importer of rice and is a major market in the region for the agricultural exports of many countries. The […]