Massing of Iglesia ni Cristo congregation in Metro Manila: Charity event, or show of force?

If the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) weren’t a religion, today’s event (benignly described in an Inquirer report as an “outreach project”) would surely constitute what may be a unique peace time civilian invasion of a major capital city. The anticipated scale of the INC’s “medical mission” was such that it prompted Manila mayor Joseph “Erap” […]

Ban on provincial buses on Metro Manila roads made commuting a living hell

They say nothing dies harder than a bad idea. That saying is nowhere truer than in the Philippines where bad ideas replace one bad idea after another. What’s worse is that the bad ideas often come from government agencies that affect millions of Filipinos and make their lives a living hell. No wonder international best […]

Erap’s ban on provincial buses reportedly lauded as first step to decongesting Metro Manila

Newly-minted Manila mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada comes up with a quick win to solve Manila’s traffic mess. Reportedly part of “a grand plan to ease traffic congestion in the capital”, a new council resolution implemented by Erap’s city government bans “the entry of provincial and metro buses without private terminals in the city”. The City […]

MMDA’s Proposed Ban and Bane

People are outraged by MMDA’s proposed number coding scheme that is set to ban vehicles plying EDSA for two days instead of one. While the movement seems like a legitimate effort to curb vehicle volume, perhaps the same has not been well thought and apparently costing the administration some points especially with the upcoming SONA. […]

Expanded Manila vehicle reduction scheme continues to penalize law-abiding private motorists

It wouldn’t take a rocket scientist to predict the response the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will get if it extends the proposed expansion of the ‘number coding scheme’ to the city’s privately-operated public utility vehicles (PUVs). Under Metro Manila’s current Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP), vehicles ending in any one of two license […]

Manila as the gates of hell? It’s the river Styx too!

I bet the outrage over Dan Brown’s description of Manila as the “gates of hell” in his book Inferno is still fresh in the minds of many Filipinos. They really should learn to react properly to any less than desirable description that foreigners have of Filipinos, whether true or not. If it’s true, do something […]

Why Dan Brown and his description of Manila in ‘Inferno’ is relevant to Filipinos

Since the conclusion of this year’s Fiesta Election, a palpable void has been left. What now? What is the Next Big Issue to pump our fists in the air for? One realises in hindsight how little substance there was in much of the noise and colour that erupted during the campaign leading up to the […]

High traffic volume a sign of a booming economy, Noynoy says

President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino III is quoted as saying that the high volume of traffic commuters face while going along EDSA is a sign of a booming economy. He did not limit his pronouncement to the high traffic volume; he also employed positive spin on the rise of the Philippine Peso, which otherwise should […]