Filipinos are only good at being afraid of Martial Law and not much else

There are things worse than being under the sort of Martial Law former President Ferdinand Marcos oversaw in the 1970s — like being invaded by a foreign army, being struck by a killer earthquake or cyclone, being genetically mutated by years of exposure to diesel fumes, being stabbed to death by a drug-crazed loser, or […]

Is the Duterte presidency fated to be a wasted opportunity?

What happens if President Rodrigo Duterte is toppled? Easy. Things revert to the status quo. The Liberal Party (LP) – the no-results, hypocritically decent, group of politicians whom Filipinos have had to bear with for the past thirty years – will be back in power. The drug problem, which has been the cornerstone of Duterte’s […]

Is it right for Filipinos to spam-vote Duterte into the @TIME 100 Most Influential list?

Filipinos are once again spam-voting a compatriot into the pages of a major Western media outlet. This follows the tradition of how Efren Penaflorida got on the CNN Heroes list and how the Palawan Underground River got listed as one of “the new seven wonders of nature”. Filipinos have a vast resource in the form […]

Pinoy Pride is No Solution for Inferiority Complex

Again, Pinoy Pride becomes the topic of the hour with the recent Silver medal won by Hidilyn Diaz in this year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Earlier we had the sort-of controversial win of Pia Wurtzbach as Miss Universe. Of course, many Filipinos will scream all over, “if they win, we win too.” Some […]

Not even the Donald can Trump Filipino hypersensitivity!

Donald Trump, the Republican candidate for President of the United States (POTUS), caught the ire of the Filipino community recently, when he mentioned Filipinos in a speech as one among a bunch of “terrorist nations”. The Donald did get something partially right: dealing with Filipinos is like dealing with a bunch of animals. I haven’t […]

Survival Mentality makes Philippine Society Nasty

Recent articles, such as that of our webmaster Benign0, have reminded us how the murders we’ve seen lately have long been part of Philippine society. We have warlords, killings and Filipinos who hate each other just for having different ideas. Philippine society can indeed be nasty, and it has been for a long time. But […]

Human Rights advocacy is the latest fashion statement in Imperial Manila

Whose side are Filipino “activists” on nowadays? From all the chest-thumping and fist-waving we are seeing all over social media and mainstream media nowadays, it would seem that the Philippines’ chattering classes are on the side of the crooks! That is exactly how both President Rodrigo Duterte’s massive base of voters and the broader swathe […]

Maid in the Philippines: Should Filipinos Abolish Brown Slavery?

In many countries in the developed world, families get by without any need of domestic helpers (katulong).  A typical family in the US or Japan will not have a stay-in maid doing the dishes, cooking, and laundry. And yet they are far more advanced, efficient and productive than Filipinos. Only in poverty-infested demographically skewed countries […]