Boracay closure by Duterte better than a closure order by Mother Nature

Thousands of jobs will be impacted by the recently-announced closure of popular island resort Boracay, shriek a bevy of “activists”. But, really, perhaps one should pause first to consider whether the man-made impact in the form of the closure order approved by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte may, in fact, be a lot more preferrable to […]

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 has won Filipinos so much respect that the Yellows can no longer hope for reelection

The recent media attention on the APEC and ASEAN summits has been a welcome reprieve from all the relentless energy- and time-wasting Senate investigations and hearings that front-page-hungry grandstanding lawmakers and politicians have been battering us with all year round. At least we get a break to see our president with the biggest who’s who […]

Three ingredients essential for the Philippines to progress that ‘thought leaders’ fail to address

The trouble with the Philippines’ political discourse today is that it is hopelessly partisan. As a result, there is no energy channeled into mapping a way forward for the Philippines. Instead, much of the talk is around discrediting one other. Whilst there is a small niche within the social media chatter that appreciates and rewards […]

TNVS infestation: Uber and Grab services are no different to jeepneys and tricycles

The only relevant point that needs to be highlighted as far as the circus surrounding Transport Network Vehicle Services (TNVS) like Uber and Grab is this: The only Filipinos who could really afford these services on routine bases are people who, themselves, could afford to own and drive private cars. A trip in an Uber […]

Driving a jeepney is a parasitical profession

Do jeepneys have a future in Philippine public transport? The answer most people would like to hear to the above question is quite disturbing. Jeepneys have a future because these provide employment to hundreds of thousands of Filipinos. They will be deprived of a livelihood if jeepneys are phased out. What is wrong with this […]

Duterte’s State of the Nation Address July 24, 2017 — what needs to be said

Duterte will be coming to the podium to address a joint session of Philippine Congress riding on the crest of high approval ratings after one year of service. As such, he possesses the immense political capital that is required to push through an agenda that, as has been evident, is unpopular not with the ordinary […]

Before you ask the President “where is the change?” ask yourself if you have changed

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s critics are getting impatient. “Where is the change that he promised?” they ask. After a year in office, his fiercest critics are reminding him of the promises he made before the election. For instance, they cite his promise to end criminality within three to six months after election. It’s quite laughable […]