Nation of Laws? Hardly. COMELEC breaks its own rules by allowing LP to submit late SOCE!

The next time you well up with outrage at the sight of a Filipino pissing on a public sidewalk, think of this day, the 16th of June 2016. The Philippines after all is not and never has been a nation of laws. This was proven yet again today when the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) en […]

Duterte’s promise of change: it is Filipinos’ duty to ensure it is delivered lawfully

One thing’s for sure, the Philippines’ elite Establishment is unnerved by the show of power that was leading presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte’s insanely successful miting de avance held Saturday, 7th May 2016 at the Luneta. More than anything else, it was renewed Filipino nationalism on display, with the red-white-and-blue colours dominating above any semblance of […]

The Filipino ‘pakiusap’ mentality needs to eradicated!

Pakiusap is a very Filipino term. At best, it is (1) an appeal for consideration taking into account unforeseen circumstances. At worst, it is (2) a request that rules be worked around presumably for a greater good. In the Filipino setting, both cases are usually premised by flawed thinking. Take the earlier case, an appeal […]

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 […]

Discipline Should Come from Within

My fellow writers here in GRP have explained that someone iron-handed like Rody Duterte has become popular for the wrong reasons (or maybe the right reasons, but in the wrong way). Duterte is seen as a figure like Ferdinand Marcos, who is thought to have enforced order through harshness in Martial Law. There are people […]

Does Duterte-Fanaticism Personify Filipino Nastiness?

When thinking of the character of the Filipinos, I am reminded of a taxi driver who said, when you’re in the city, you can’t be “mabait.” Instead, keep making “tutok.” Maybe he meant asserting yourself, but it could also mean that you should be mean and aggressive to others. Perhaps you have heard of some […]

Provocateur: Doing it the Duterte way

The thing about polarizing characters like Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is that they often conjure passionate emotions from people. Often in the most extreme, opposite ends of the spectrum. It’s either passionate disgust or fanatical adoration. But never dismissive indifference. Black or white, no gray areas. But as with most polarizing topics, it is […]

Filipinos deserve a Duterte presidency because Philippine society is inherently unjust

Former Akbayan House Representative Walden Bello was, of course, right when he said that “The burden of proof, in short, is on us to prove Duterte wrong.” He was referring to those who take issue with former Davao City mayor and now presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte’s defiant stand if he is elected president to continue […]