The REAL reason why killing is easy in the Philippines

“Human rights” is the current rallying cry of the Philippines’ “civil society” today. This renewed interest is backdropped by the noticeable escalation in the number of homicide cases reported in the media recently which, activists allege, can be traced back to words of encouragement supposedly issued by no less than President Rodrigo Duterte himself. So […]

Pinoys Really Need To Stick To ‘Principles’

“Principle.” A fairly simple word, isn’t it. Three syllables and about nine letters long. However, what’s sad is that it’s meaning is lost on a lot of us Filipinos. Thing is, it may sound simple but to put it into practice is something else entirely. So just what are “principles”? Well, to have principles means sticking to […]

The Politics of Rape

By definition, rape is “unlawful sexual intercourse or any other sexual penetration of the vagina, anus, or mouth of another person, with or without force, by a sex organ, other body part, or foreign object, without the consent of the victim.” It is an eternally traumatic and horrific tragedy for the victim, one that scars […]

Why is supporting the coal industry immoral?

“The ethical role of corporations is environmental protection. Therefore, the fossil fuel industry is immoral, and so are the government leaders who continue to support it.” The effects of climate change are comprehensive. They encompass issues on environment, public health, food security, and even national safety. And by going a little bit further, we can […]

Pinoys Need To Learn The Meaning Of The Word “Indignation”

Today, Thaddeus Grimwald is going to teach you a new word: Indignation. Say it with me now: In-dig-na-tion… Indignation! Do you understand what it means though? Well then, this is what this article is for, explaining to you the definition of “indignation” if you don’t already know what it means. The thing is, even with fellow […]

ABS-CBN News cops the wrath of the University of the Philippines student body!

The sloppy journalism of ABS-CBN News has finally caught up with it. In an “open letter”, the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) Student Council (SC) pointedly denounced the “unethical journalism” practiced by the Philippines’ largest for-profit media corporation… Last Tuesday, 15 September, the Vice President of the Philippines, Jejomar Binay, visited the University […]

Why appeals for discipline and consideration is an exercise in futility in the Philippines’ current incarnation

So there you have it. Just a few days after the HPG’s handover of the traffic control of EDSA from the MMDA, one exasperated trooper blurted out what level-headed Pinoys have been complaining about their co-citizens since Day 1: Maraming pasaway. Granted that the monster EDSA had become has been the result of years of […]

Unthinkable: A Movie To Think About

I remember writing an article about my preference when it comes to horror. However, when I’m asked what’s the scariest horror film I’ve ever watched, I will answer Unthinkable. Unthinkable isn’t a very well known film even though it features some well-known names like Samuel L. Jackson, Carrie-Anne Moss and Michael Sheen and has a rather horrifying […]