My Wish List For This Christmas

I’m putting this here just in case somebody out there might actually be listening… Dear Santa, I have been a very good boy this year so that means I can make a wish list that you are obliged to fulfill. If that’s the case, worry not because all you really have to do is fulfill […]

A Bangsamoro state is only possible in a fully-federalised Philippine republic

The trouble with all notions of an autonomous Muslim state is that it implies that Muslims are “special” Filipinos deserving of special treatment. The Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and, now, the proposed Bangsamoro “state” by their very nature are both tainted by that ill-conceived specialness. Worse, both entities were created under threat of […]

Why democracy does not work in the Philippines

The 1986 EDSA “People Power” revolution has been credited with bringing democracy back to the Philippines. However, three decades after the historic event, it seems majority of Filipinos still do not understand what democracy is about. The system of government is there in principle but Filipinos do not know how to use it properly. Worse, […]

The #Philippines suffers from acute intellectual bankruptcy and a lack of common sense

[The following is a piece originally published in The Manila Bulletin on the 09th April 2000 and featured in Get Real Philippines on the same year. How many of the issues mentioned here remain the same unchanged ones today? Remember, this was written back in 2000.] * * * AN admired Filipino economist, based in […]

The Philippines’ power crisis and Noynoy Aquino’s lame bid for emergency powers

So let me get this straight. After four years of sitting on his hands, Philippine President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III is suddenly asking for “emergency powers” to solve the power crisis gripping the country? What happened to those last four years? Why is this suddenly an “emergency”? Project managers who are worth their salt […]

Noynoy Aquino: stop issuing stupid answers to the question of your term extension

The most annoying sort of human beings of all are those who can’t make up their minds. I’m a firm believer in the saying: Either dump your load or get off the can. Philippine President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III has been playing games with Filipinos for months now. He’s certainly earned the ‘BS’ in […]

4 issues Philippine presidential candidates should address in the lead up to the 2016 election

Filipinos should be grateful to The New York Times for being instrumental in putting an end to talks around whether or not Philippine President Benigno Simeon (BS) Aquino should seek another term. The news site’s scathing editorial lambasting the President for hinting he would support the amendment of the 1987 Constitution to allow him to […]

Noynoy Aquino needs to be reminded: ‘Never again’

“Never again.” It is a call to remind Filipinos that the “horrors” of the Martial Law years of the 1970s should never happen again; that we should be vigilant and always say “No” to dictators, another Martial Law, and, of course, another Marcos in power. The times, however, have all but made that slogan a […]