PNP Chief Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa should just stop performing for the cameras

Honeymoon’s definitely over for Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa. Half a year of heady PR, show-and-tell, and media circus came crashing down as the reality of the persistent rot at the core of the Philippine police came to the fore in recent months. Revelations of corruption and institutionalised racketeering and extortion […]

Ditch the old Aquino-vs-Marcos rhetoric: Time for the Philippines to move on!

I was in one of the high rise buildings in Ortigas and looking out of the window, could see that the volume of vehicles was again too much for the four-lane two-way traffic road. It was bumper-to-bumper traffic both ways. At one intersection, a gray Toyota Camry from the two-lane heading north was slowly attempting […]

Another Dialogue Between Mothers

Okay, here’s a sequel (of sorts) to my other article A Talk Between Mothers which is, in turn, inspired by the articles Minsan May Isang Puta and Putak Ng Anak Ng Puta by Mike Portes. Again, I would like to state that “Minsan May Isang Puta” and “Ang Putak Ng Anak Ng Puta” both belong to […]

Gripped by a mounting crime wave: Filipinos increasingly fearful for their safety!

There seems to be a tsunami of crime crashing into Philippine shores nowadays. More and more Filipinos are gripped by fear over their personal safety and the safety of their loved ones. Indeed, we need look no further than the news and disturbing imagery of young victims of “rape-slay” crimes in the Philippines. In his […]

Where there is no Andray Blatche, there is no Gilas Pilipinas

As we asserted a few times earlier, Gilas Pilipinas is really just The Andray Blatche Show. This reality about the Philippines’ flag bearer to the FIBA World Cup in Spain this year was punctuated this week after the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) ruled against Blatche being included in the Philippine basketball team playing in […]

Jeepneys remain a stark symbol of the Philippines’ utter failure to prosper

Coming up with a great product — an innovative one even — is just 20 percent of the job. You also need to develop systems to produce it and market it. That system is also known as the business enterprise. An example of a failure to complete the remaining 80 percent of the job is […]

Do the Philippines and the ASEAN community have what it takes to deal with China?

For all the feel-good news snippets we are receiving about the arrival of the Philippines’ newest warship, the 3,200-tonne BRP Ramon Alcaraz which joins the 3,400-tonne frigate BRP Gregorio del Pilar also acquired from the United States last year in patrolling disputed waters off Palawan, one cannot help ask a simple question: Can anyone really […]

Pinoy religious groups go Gaga

Pinoy hypocrisy has reared its ugly head – again. Just when I was wondering when we were going to hear from the Roman Catholic Church of the Philippines about banning or boycotting Lady Gaga’s upcoming concert here in the Philippines, lo and behold. Protests apparently erupted last Friday, which were staged by at least one […]