Filipinos’ overall extrajudicial way of life is the reason Duterte remains popular

It is quite evident by now that the notion that “extrajudicial killing” is “bad” doesn’t sell very well to the ordinary Filipino. This is, after all, a people renowned for their overall extrajudicial way of life. To bring the point across more pointedly, doing things above, below, beyond, and around the framework of the law […]

Martial Law and Violence: Products of our Heritage

It’s been 44 years since the declaration of Martial Law, and though it has long been removed, we feel as if it is still in effect. Killings, abductions and other abuses continue to happen. But even worse is that people turn a blind eye to some other problems that are contributing to this, leading to […]

Filipinos need to uphold a Deliver-Or-Die ethic like the Japanese

The deadline for the completion of the LRT (Light Rail Transit) Line 1 project (Baclaran to Bacoor) by the end of 2015 has passed and the promise issued by President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III that he and Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) Secretary Jun Abaya back in 2013 will throw themselves under a […]

Does Ateneo Blue Eagles player John Apacible deserve to be forgiven for his violent rampage?

What sorts of police do the Philippines deploy? If there is anything to be learned from the case of Ateneo de Manila University star basketball player John Apacible who went on a violent drunken rampage in the wee hours of last Sunday, it is that Philippine Police officers do not make us feel safe. A […]

Ateneo cager John Apacible could face expulsion for his offensive behaviour

Ateneo de Manila UAAP basketball player John Apacible could be charged for a number of offenses: driving under the influence of alcohol and assault being among the most serious of these. In the Philippines, if you have a protocol plate, you’re allowed to drive drunk and do this for all to see. From Yan Bote: […]

Imbeciles are exempt from criminal investigation in the Philippines

There are the hard realities and truths and then there are the democratic institutions built by a people who presumably aspire to live by said truths as closely as human thinking faculties permit. The trouble with the way Filipinos have applied their expensive Made-in-the-USA criminal justice system is that they did not put such a […]

No blood, no foul. If you die, sorry ka na lang; ganoon talaga sa Pilipinas

“Eh buhay ka pa naman, diba?” (But you did not die, right?) – reportedly said by President BS Aquino to the recently deceased Tacloban business man Kenneth Uy. “Hindi naman siguro fatal iyan” (It’s not fatal anyway) – Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) head Emilio Abaya’s words, when asked about the worsening traffic problem […]

Any sympathies for a jeepney driver shot in the head by a pedestrian he almost hit?

C’mon, admit it. It’s hard to feel sorry for that jeepney driver lying dead on the pavement with a hole in his head. I had just come across the Inquirer.net story and found myself feeling a bit guilty about how I felt — or didn’t feel. Jeepney driver shot in the head by irate pedestrian […]