The next President of the Philippines should respect the Rule of Law for the country to progress

The Philippines’ current list of “potential” candidates is very disappointing. Most of them are from the same crop of bozos from the country’s current ruling class. Their membership to this “elite” club means they are first loyal to their families and friends before they are loyal to the country and its people in general. Therefore, […]

Let them eat cake: How much wretchedness can the Metro Manila commuter take until one says ‘enough’?

One good thing about being assigned in the graveyard shift in Metro Manila: The relative ease of commuting to work compared to the hapless regular shift employee facing the daily grind of both traffic in the major roads and the overworked and under-equipped MRT-3 train system traversing the EDSA thoroughfare that starts from the North […]

Dear PNoy: Your promise to throw yourself and Jun Abaya under a train is now due!

Back in 2013, President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III made a promise before a huge crowd of yellow-shirted supporters. President BS Aquino promised that the LRT (Light Rail Transit) Line 1 project (Baclaran to Bacoor) would be completed in two years. Best of all, it’s all captured on video! As usual, President BS Aquino made […]

Manila’s primitive public transport system: A national embarrassment!

It is no longer news that Metro Manila, the Philippines’ premiere urban centre is a mess, and its residents’ biggest bane is its mass transport system. For a metropolis the size of Greater Manila, the existing rail network is extremely sparse and public road transport is utterly chaotic. Over the last couple of years alone, […]

Renaming of the NLEX to Cory Aquino Expressway: Adding insult to national injury

Yesterday’s world-changing breaking news was that Philippine Congress gave the green light to renaming the North Luzon Exrpessway (NLEX) the “President Corazon C. Aquino Expressway” (CAEX)… “If favorably passed into law, it will constantly remind us of the noble deeds of the late President especially for the poor, and inspire our people to emulate her […]

Why do MMDA traffic officers need to wear diapers? They can just piss on Manila’s streets!

I don’t know what Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino was thinking when he issued — and, worse, publicised — a directive to his legions of “traffic enforcers” to wear adult diapers while on duty during the visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines this month. He said there would not be enough […]

The #Philippines is a nation of starstruck ignoramuses

[The following is an article by Star columnist Don Pedero published in The Philippine Star 29 October 2000 and also featured in Get Real Philippines on the same year.] * * * Last July 23, I wrote about Nasty (short for Anastacio), a balikbayan from Los Angeles, who, while vacationing in Manila, had nothing to […]

Manila’s pre-Christmas #traffic apocalypse!

Has it begun already? Today is the last Friday before Christmas. So guess what: an entire megalopolis of shortsighted people will be trooping to Metro Manila’s famous mega-malls to shop shop shop! Caught in the vehicular crossfire will be people like me who just want to go home. Well, I want to go home now. […]