The CBCP’s Seeking Influence Over the State Isn’t Good

One wonders what the CBCP is up to when they say, well… interesting things that seemingly indicate a desire to keep people poor and deprived. For example, remember when a bishop said poverty is not a problem? Some priests even go as far as to say illegal drug use shouldn’t be seen as wrong! Perhaps […]

Three common misconceptions about popularity that Filipinos have

Filipinos like participating in numbers games. We’re not just talking about gambling, basketball, etc. The democracy that Filipinos are proud of, and like to participate in, is essentially a numbers game. Whoever has the most numbers wins. Numbers have become almost sort of a credential here in the Philippines. Of course, there is something reassuring […]

Filipinos have come to prefer VIOLENT solutions to their national problems

Who owns the concept of “human rights”? Is it the United Nations? Is it the Commission on Human Rights (CHR)? Is it Chito Gascon? Is it the Yellowtards? If we are to believe certain “thought leaders”, it seems everyone but ordinary Filipinos are “human rights” advocates. They are overdue for a reality check. Just within […]

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: […]