Fatherhood, Duterte, and the Majapahit Empire

“Real fatherhood means love and commitment and sacrifice and a willingness to share responsibility and not walking away from one’s children.” — William Bennett On Fatherhood In the last 100 days, my perception of the presidency has changed, from being a formal leader to a loving father who is at the same time tough, strict, […]

Remembering the Heroes of the Martial Law Era

“As of the twenty-third of this month, I signed Proclamation Number 1081 placing the entire Philippines under martial law” said President Ferdinand E. Marcos on that famous television broadcast 44 years ago today, September 23. Before the declaration of martial law, the country was in a state of upheaval. It was the middle of the […]

Duterte is turning the Philippines back into a REAL southeast Asian country

Why the sudden interest of the foreign media in the Philippines? It is because they found a bogeyman in its current president, Rodrigo Duterte, to feast upon. Indeed, Duterte is living up to the smear that goes way back to the campaign leading up to the 2016 elections that he is the “Donald Trump of […]

The Philippines CAN become southeast Asia’s Silicon Valley!

Silicon Valley — the real one in California, that is — is hot, and it may be overheating the San Francisco Bay Area. Property prices are soaring as the Valley’s seemingly insatiable appetite for tech talent is drawing in the best and the brightest. But the downside to all this is that the techo scene […]

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 […]

Singapore haze: Airborne waste from slash-and-burn agriculture descends upon the wealthy enclave

Singapore — resource-poor and dependent on services, exports, and tourists — is reeling from the effects of smog reportedly coming mainly from waste being burned in Indonesia’s palm plantations. For days, a haze has blanketed the prosperous city-state and the “smell of burning wood” has seeped into buildings making residents’ efforts to avoid its effects […]