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 […]

Discipline, respect, and selflessness: Abstractions that the Philippines needs to put into action

I try as hard as possible to play by the rules once I’m out of the house. I get in line, use the pedestrian lane, the overpass, use the proper loading and unloading zones, keep right in the escalator and sidewalks to make way for those people behind who may be in a hurry, always […]

Patronage politics will ruin the Philippines just like it ruined President Noynoy Aquino

The question of what is wrong with the Philippines has baffled both Filipinos and foreigners alike. Some say that corruption and incompetence in government is the root of the problem. Others say that the voters who keep voting for corrupt and incompetent politicians are to blame. Either way, the real reason the country has not […]

Comparing Singapore and the Philippines? Why bother?

Any Filipino leader comparing oneself to Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew should just stop. And not just out of respect for the deceased. In 2010, a certain group of businessmen, the Anvil Business Club claimed current Philippine president Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino is like Lee in the sense that they are both incorruptible. That hasn’t turned […]

Lee Kuan Yew’s death sets the scene for the Philippines’ presidential elections in 2016!

The death of Singapore elder statesman Lee Kuan Yew (LKY) is notable for its timing from the perspective of the coming 2016 presidential elections in the Philippines. It mirrors a similar timeframe that served as a context for the death of former President Corazon “Cory” Aquino in August 2009, almost exactly a year before the […]

Lee Kuan Yew and the Singapore he built is proof that the Philippines did it all wrong

Rest in peace Mr Lee Kuan Yew. LKY represents everything latter-day Filipino politicians are not. He had a vision for Singapore and the courage to break ground where lesser folk beholden to the popular sentiment feared to tread. The country LKY built is a stark in-your-face reminder that just about every “contributing factor” Filipinos, their […]

Facebook etiquette fail: Are Singaporeans getting fed up with Filipino guest workers?

So while the French are stuck with 5 million Muslims, Singaporeans are stuck with almost 200,000 Filipinos. France, of course, has bigger problems. The Muslim population there is proportionately bigger at 7.5 percent of the population. Filipinos “guests” in Singapore, on the other hand, make up less than 4 percent. Many French Muslims are citizens. […]

From Third World to First: Singapore Elder Statesman Lee Kuan Yew’s insights on Filipinos

We take it for granted that material and accounts that provide priceless outsiders’ perspectives on the Philippines are so readily available for all to learn from but forget (1) how books are prohibitively expensive to most Filipinos and (2) how most Filipinos lack any inclination to read books to begin with. So it is worth […]