Filipinos should understand that kindness and compassion should begin at home

Apparently, Filipinos are kind and compassionate to the poor and downtrodden. At least that is what some Filipinos tell themselves. Who would have thought, right? Considering there are so many naked street children begging or sleeping on the streets of Manila and many parts of the country and considering pagpag (leftover food from fast-food restaurants […]

Being Humanitarian vs. Being Hypocritical

Actually, to be honest, I would prefer not to do GRP articles on weekends. Besides, I’m working on the 7th chapter of Deep and, not to worry folks, the voyage is almost over. However, after catching wind of some of the latest news, I cannot help but react to the way so many people are going nuts […]

The hypocrisy in the way Filipinos ‘welcome’ the Rohingya boat people

I cringed when I read Patricia Evangelista’s The Rohingya and the port of last resort, a piece that reeks of the sort of perverted Pinoy Pride we once again put up with that all-too-familiar uniquely-Pinoy brand of pomposity. According to Evangelista… We know what we are. We are the port of last resort, and have […]

Burma and the Philippines: struggling for democracy

In a move reminiscent of its coverage of the late Former Philippine President Corazon “Cory” Aquino’s political career, TIME magazine has recently featured on its cover not once, but twice in less than two months, another woman who is touted as an icon of freedom and democracy. Burma’s long suffering and recently released political prisoner, […]