The Philippines is in dire need of a statesman

What Filipinos need is a leader who will unite the people, critics and supporters alike. What they need are politicians who are always thinking of the greater good for the greatest number of people. What they need in government are those who are not reluctant to admit that they are wrong. What they need in […]

Corruption, incompetence and foolishness under President Aquino exposed!

Why does God allow the corrupt and incompetent public servants to stay in power in the Philippines? I wish I had the chance to ask Pope Francis that question in person. But it would have probably confused him because the incumbent Philippine President Benigno Simeon (BS) Aquino, in his welcome speech to the Pontiff, insisted […]

Manila street kids and families enjoy P6000-per-night beach resort during Pope Francis’s visit

Perhaps then, the Philippine government may be right after all. Perhaps government personnel did not, as what was alleged, round up street kids all over Manila and throw them in little cages. No. According to an ABS-CBN News report, the kids and their families were “guests” in a posh P6,000 peso (USD135) per night resort […]

Rosaries and Rabbits

After the Philippines has been blessed by the visit of the much beloved Pope Francis, the supreme pontiff left the Filipinos with so much inspiration for hope and compassion. Included in his message is the call for all Catholic parents to be responsible. The Pope reminded the Filipino Catholics not to breed “like rabbits” and […]

Former Interior Sec. Rafael Alunan III did not like PNoy’s speech before Pope Francis

The following is a copy of a post published on Facebook by Rafael Alunan III who served as Tourism Secretary under former President Corazon Aquino from 1987-1989 then as Interior and Local Government Secretary under former President Fidel Ramos from 1992-1996. Alunan refers to the speech delivered by President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III before […]

Why was a private jet needed by government officials during Pope Francis’s visit to the Philippines?

Following the accident involving a private jet carrying top-ranking Philippine government officials that skidded off a runway at Tacloban City airport, Filipinos are now asking what those officials were doing there to begin with. Heading the team reportedly tasked “to ensure that the activities of Pope Francis in that city and Palo town would go […]

The Self-Defeating Principles Of The Philippines

I had written a rather harsh article here in GRP about the immaturity of many Filipinos and Filipino society in general. Indeed, I must agree with a few commenters that the article was rather extreme because it openly criticized the inherent issues of the Philippines. However, while I do admit that the article must have felt like […]

What’s next for the Philippines following the visit of Pope Francis?

In my experience attending corporate training programs — specially those involving team dynamics and motivation approaches — I have always been impressed with the way the really good trainors are able to create a euphoric pumped-up vibe in the participants over the course of the session. The courses that are conducted away from the office […]