Duterte has won Filipinos so much respect that the Yellows can no longer hope for reelection

The recent media attention on the APEC and ASEAN summits has been a welcome reprieve from all the relentless energy- and time-wasting Senate investigations and hearings that front-page-hungry grandstanding lawmakers and politicians have been battering us with all year round. At least we get a break to see our president with the biggest who’s who […]

Why the State should NOT be Pro-poor for the Philippines to Prosper

Did you ever wonder why our government, constitution and laws are so pro-poor? Well, all you have to do is look at a Yellowtard LP rally, and you’ll find many nuns and clergy people holding placards. Catholicism indeed holds a tight grip on the country’s policies and it thrives on a pro-poor philosophy, always siding […]

Democracy is not dead – only Ninoy and Cory Aquino are

Every year in August, Filipinos are unfailingly reminded of the deaths of their “icons of democracy”, former president Corazon “Cory” Aquino, and her husband Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. It is generally accepted that Ninoy’s death paved the way for Cory to be president, and Cory’s death was how the son, Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino III […]

Positive should never be used to cover the Negative up

In the recent elections, supporters from the sides of the Marcos and Aquino (Mar-Leni camp) camps traded barbs using one very typical argument: achievements. People defend Marcos saying, despite the father’s corruption and Martial Law abuse, he has achievements, such as infrastructure, 13th month, and more. The same is used by Aquino supporters, that despite […]

Is Executive Experience Essential for the Next Chief Executive?

Imagine a fashion brand that is in need of a marketing VP to boost its appeal to the middle class, an Asian cuisine restaurant that needs a chef to introduce Indian food into its menu, or a top-ranking university that needs a Physics professor to spearhead its research thrust in materials science. These companies and […]

Noynoy, Jojo, Bongbong: Presidents with Clown-like Names are Getting Trendy

For the first time in Philippine history, we have the strong likelihood of having three presidents in a row (Noynoy Aquino, Jojo Binay, and Bongbong Marcos) that bear something similar. They all have repetitive nicknames that sound more like those of clowns than the stuff of legendary statesmen. Many foreign visitors are actually surprised to […]

Who Among the 2016 Candidates will Prioritize Climate Issues?

Clearly my most recent article hit a delicate nerve (or to put it colloquially, “aimed for the butthurt”), as revealed by the numerous replies left by visitors who took the time to skim through it. Most of the comments have only proven my point: instead of rebutting the various other points which I offered in […]

Lessons from Greece: Can Third World nations really afford ‘democratic’ governments?

You can almost hear Robin Leach snootily addressing his audience in the popular 1980s TV show Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous when you read this: See that demoractic government? You can’t afford it. By hook and, literally, by crook a while back, Greece joined the European Union and replaced the drachma with the euro […]