The Philippines is now truly INDEPENDENT after pulling out from the International Criminal Court

It takes real guts not just to stand up to a former colonial master but also walk away from its comfy embrace. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte did just that. By withdrawing from the International Criminal Court (ICC), he led Filipinos in demonstrating that they are willing to leave their comfy parents’ nest and fly off […]

Filipinos have no choice but to pay more taxes

You can’t have your cake and eat it. If Filipinos want more and better-quality public services, they’re gonna have to cough up the dough and pay more taxes. The reality is that most of the infrastructure required to deliver the services they demand involves foreign technology and imported goods — which is why they cost […]

Duterte’s ‘revolutionary government’: Just another POLITICAL solution that will fail

‘Revolutionary’ governments have been a Filipino obsession since 1898 when the first such government was supposedly established by Emilio Aguinaldo to mark the Philippines’ so-called “independence” from Spain. Several “revolutions” later, including the recent 1986 EDSA “revolution”, Filipinos continue to pin their hopes on the anticipated revolutionary outcomes of these revolutions. What makes revolutions so […]

Leni Robredo espouses mooching and begging for help from the international community

Current Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo proved how clueless she is once again with her statements. During a recent press conference, she expressed concern over the negative ramifications of President Rodrigo Duterte’s tirade against the United States of America and European Union. While Duterte’s negative attitude towards some members of the international community leaves some […]

To be an independent country, the Philippines needs to build an independent economy

“No man is an island,” as the old cliché goes. On the back of that “wisdom”, it can be said that the Philippine government’s diplomatic posturings in recent weeks expose its people to the risk of being isolated — starved of the global trade and military umbrella they have grown dependent on for survival. But, […]

Pinoy Pride is No Solution for Inferiority Complex

Again, Pinoy Pride becomes the topic of the hour with the recent Silver medal won by Hidilyn Diaz in this year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Earlier we had the sort-of controversial win of Pia Wurtzbach as Miss Universe. Of course, many Filipinos will scream all over, “if they win, we win too.” Some […]

A Final Talk Between Mothers

Ladies and gentlemen, I knew this took quite a while, but this is the final part of my “Talk Between Mothers” trilogy. We’ve heard Mother Russia speak her mind in broken English and then there was Mother South Korea’s story. Now it’s time to listen to the story of another mother making her way in […]

Why Change from Within the System has Failed

One of the retorts against us GRP bloggers is, “why don’t you run for office?” This is of course based on the assumption that you can only reform Philippine society through the government, and you have to be a part of the system to make it work. It has the sense of, “if you can’t […]