Which 2016 Candidate Will Repeal the Lina Law on Informal Settlers?

As part of an ongoing series that focuses on issues rather than personalities for the 2016 Philippine General Elections, this short essay zeroes in on one of the country’s most chronic problems. Among other things, the lack of rural development, as well as the constant attraction of urban city life, have increased the population of […]

Why London’s anti-homeless spikes are a great idea Filipinos should take note of

A public uproar has erupted over a photo of metal studs installed on floors at the entrance of luxury apartment buildings in London to deter homeless people from sleeping in these areas. No less than the mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has reportedly joined the social media indignation frenzy condemning these fixtures as “ugly, self […]

Were the ‘victims’ of the San Roque, Agham demolition legal residents or just a bunch of squatters?

Nowhere in the incident reports issued by commie publication Bulatlat did information surrounding the legality of the demolition victims’ residency in the area come up. The only piece of information remotely pertaining to some semblance of legal argument in the report was around a “notice of demolition” that supposedly expired several months ago. According to […]

Super-typhoon Haiyan (code name Yolanda) set to plow through central Philippines

Super-typhoon Haiyan (Philippine code-named “Yolanda”) continues to barrel towards the Philippines threatening to wreak havoc across southern Luzon, the Visayas, and northern Mindanao as it plows through the Philippines… Haiyan is expected to reach central Philippines as a super typhoon by Friday noon local time, packing winds of 233-249 kilometres per hour, according to Michael […]

Three reasons why Filipinos are not as outraged by Jeane Lim Napoles’s lifestyle as they are by squatters

To be sure, alleged Anak ng Pork socialite Jeane Lim Napoles copped more fame (more like infamy, actually) than she had bargained for thanks to the ironic orgy of self-promotion she engaged in on social media over the last several years. Tough luck for the 23-year-old. Wrong place at the wrong time — kids do […]

Rule of Law cannot be implemented in the Philippines until Filipinos learn to follow simple guidelines

Upholding ‘rule of law’ in the Philippines is a complicated, labour-intensive exercise. Take the tony enclave of Rockwell in Makati City. It’s got expensive zebra-striped pedestrian lanes painted across most of where its nicely-paved streets intersect. These markings give the impression to someone who does not know of the way things are in the Philippines […]

Detroit bankruptcy under the weight of urban sprawl and poor transport: Metro Manila has a bit to learn

Sad milestone for a once glorious city and a former citadel of American industrial power. Detroit, Michigan — the city itself and its surrounding metropolitan area home to the United States’ “Big Three” car manufacturers, General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler — yesterday filed for bankruptcy following a decades-long decline the sharpest of which was felt […]

The permanence of consequences

Looking back at the debate over the monstrous squatting plague that is ravaging the Philippines’ major cities that has raged across social media like a wildfire, it is difficult not to be a nostalgic of a time when squatters where a relatively small problem. Perhaps back in a time when squatter colonies were more an […]