How the SJW Way becomes Extortion

Let’s discuss one basic reason why Social Justice Warriors (SJWs) are hated. Let’s say an SJW wants some poor people to receive aid. Problem is, they don’t have money of their own… or don’t want to give it. They don’t want to do a collection drive or set up their own foundation either. They’ll look […]

Human rights for hire

Human rights are universal, applying to all human beings, right?  Poor, rich, criminals, police, politicians, businessmen, shop owners, workers, students: everyone is entitled to the recognition and respect of his/her human rights.  Human rights law, and law enforcement, exist to protect all. In the Philippines, the call to respect human rights is being used to […]

Duterte, Social Justice and The Church

In 2002, Time magazine published an article calling Rodrigo Duterte “The Punisher”(1). He gained popularity with the people of Davao, a huge city in Mindanao at the time beleaguered by two groups of insurgents, diehard communists and Muslim radicals, due to his “zero tolerance” for criminality and corruption. He was very successful in cleaning up […]

Filipinos should understand that kindness and compassion should begin at home

Apparently, Filipinos are kind and compassionate to the poor and downtrodden. At least that is what some Filipinos tell themselves. Who would have thought, right? Considering there are so many naked street children begging or sleeping on the streets of Manila and many parts of the country and considering pagpag (leftover food from fast-food restaurants […]

The hypocrisy in the way Filipinos ‘welcome’ the Rohingya boat people

I cringed when I read Patricia Evangelista’s The Rohingya and the port of last resort, a piece that reeks of the sort of perverted Pinoy Pride we once again put up with that all-too-familiar uniquely-Pinoy brand of pomposity. According to Evangelista… We know what we are. We are the port of last resort, and have […]

Alas Kwatro y Medya

Alas Kwatro y Medya Hindi ko marinig ang kantang tumutugtog sa munti kong radyo dahil sa sobrang lakas ng ulan. Kanina pa akong nakahiga sa marupok kong papag at nakatulala, nakatitig sa butiki sa bubong. Pakiramdam ko ay mas mainam pang naging butiki na lang ako. Napakaraming lamok at insekto sa paligid ang maaari nyang […]

Improving the use of social media to elevate the quality of debate in Philippine politics

It’s been more than half a decade now since social media first started emerging as (supposedly) a potent platform for political “debate”. And before that era there already was a thriving Philippine blogosphere of the late 1990s and early 2000’s, when notable opinion-shapers like Manuel L Quezon III, the writers of the Philippine Center for […]

The country we’ve made for ourselves: why we need an outsider’s perspective

The following is a copy of the Foreword I wrote for my friend Ben Kritz’s new book Same Planet, Different World: An Outsider’s Inside View of the Philippines. You can download the book from Amazon here onto Kindle or any of a variety of apps also supported by Amazon. We in our clique of the […]