Will a Philippines under President Rodrigo Duterte be plunged into the Dark Ages?

His detractors insist that, yes, the rise of Rodrigo Duterte to the Philippine presidency will mark the beginning of the country’s descent to the Dark Ages. What would be the nature of this dark age? That’s also obvious to these detractors. It will be a period marked by a return of the nation into the […]

Filipinos need to face a Duterte presidency LIKE MEN rather than be all girly about it

A tweet issued yesterday by Inquirer columnist Dax Lucas resonated loudly across the Philippines’ Netizens: The country’s so-called enlightened class in near panic over the prospects of a Duterte presidency. What a fascinating sight to behold. Indeed, the elegant simplicity of this tweet hit me hard too and, finally, how I really feel about these […]

Homestretch Showdown: Grace vs. Rody and Chiz vs. Bongbong

With roughly a month to go, I guess many of you have already “cast in stone” the names of who you plan to vote this coming May 2016 presidential elections. But just a final word of advice from someone who’s “been there done that”: Don’t waste your vote guys! You will only regret seeing your vote […]

Anti-Marcos movements highlight a lack of national vision for the Philippines

We hear a lot about clamours to block the candidacy of vice presidential candidate Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr coming from the alleged ‘victims’ of the rule of his father, the late former President Ferdinand E Marcos. The most recent is one reportedly organised by “a coalition of martial law victims” calling their movement the ‘Campaign […]

Filipinos need to rise and defeat the villains of Philippine society

It has been said that every search for a hero must begin with something that every hero requires — a villain. In the Philippines, the search for a hero has been very hard. That’s because identifying the villain or villains who keep Filipinos chained to their wretched existence is harder. I believe that if Filipinos […]

Trump and Duterte: The rise of hugely-popular demagogues in America and its Philippine colony

It is hardly surprising that demagogues have come to dominate national Americana politics on both sides of the globe. Funny enough, two such popular demagogues happen to be making waves on the East and West both in bastions of American values — in the United States itself where anti-immigrant Republican candidate Donald Trump is ruling […]

Rodrigo Duterte’s promise to Filipinos in his bid for the presidency

The return of former Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte to the Philippines’ 2016 presidential election race says a lot about how little of a foothold real “democracy” has made in Philippine society. Democracy is not just about “freedom” and “elections”. It is also about justice and discipline. Duterte’s main value proposition to Filipino voters addresses […]

Filipinos’ rotten politics mirror their inability to look FORWARD

Many Filipinos are too caught up with what the Philippines should “never” be or “never” suffer again. It’s become a popular political fashion statement. Trouble is, too few Filipinos could hardly imagine much more think about what their country could be. And this is why the Philippines does not move forward — because Filipinos are […]