Grace Poe should drop out of the presidential race for the sake of unity

Philippine senator and 2016 Presidential aspirant Grace Poe who was once very popular among Filipino voters is now becoming another polarizing figure after the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Second Division cancelled her Certificate of Candidacy for the presidency. Their decision is based on grounds that she is not a natural-born citizen and has not met […]

Mar Roxas is part of the Philippines’ problem and will not be an effective president

Filipinos will be given another opportunity to change the course of their future in the 2016 Philippine Presidential Elections. The chance to remove power from the members of the oligarchy who have reigned with incompetence and mediocrity in the last 30 years is coming soon. One can only hope the voters will not waste this […]

3 Rules Of Chivalry In The Modern Age

I’m writing this article in response to the recent incident where a woman bashed a guy over the internet because he didn’t give her his seat when they were on a train. Now the woman did apologize later on which I think was good on her but I don’t think this is the only time […]

Holiday Bus Service: a long-overdue modernisation of Metro Manila bus transport

Filipinos are too quick to slam the efforts of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to provide an alternative public transport option to Metro Manilans. The “Holiday Bus Service” is actually a good idea. Half-baked perhaps, but a good one that possibly needs more time in […]

Duterte’s dangerous experiment: Vigilantism as state-sanctioned doctrine

We all have bad experiences dealing with other people. Some of those experiences make us wish we could just take a gun and shoot whoever had caused those bad experiences. But we don’t because there are also consequences for doing so. Perhaps in the case of the Philippines, presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte and what he’s […]

Rodgrigo Duterte is wrong: There is a lot of room to be ‘iron fisted’ legally!

I make no secret of my own preference for iron-fisted rule. In the Philippines, there is a lot of room to implement that within the framework of the law simply by consistently applying said law. Take that quintessential Filipino icon, the jeepney. By itself the jeepney single-handedly epitomises the Philippines’ culture of criminality. The state […]

Imagining a truly world-class Metro Manila

The recently-concluded Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Metro Manila proved that to get the best results out of the Philippines’ premiere metropolis, its residents need to be excluded from major events like these. This is quite ironic considering the theme of APEC Manila 2015 was inclusion — getting as many ordinary Filipinos in […]

Filipinos need to get off the loser path and onto the road to real progress

How did the Philippines get to where it is now? It is a wretched society, unable to defend itself from foreign and natural threats, paralysed by its own enormous population, and staring at a future hobbled by a lack of the infrastructure to get it down the right road. Yet the country, over much of […]