Imbeciles are exempt from criminal investigation in the Philippines

There are the hard realities and truths and then there are the democratic institutions built by a people who presumably aspire to live by said truths as closely as human thinking faculties permit. The trouble with the way Filipinos have applied their expensive Made-in-the-USA criminal justice system is that they did not put such a […]

Manila Traffic Seen From A Vantage Point

No traffic solution discussed or devised by authorities will ever work in the long term in the Philippines. Key words here are long term. Even if we magically managed to double, triple or quadruple our road space. Of that I am certain. Not in our lifetime anyway, although we have to keep trying out the […]

Why appeals for discipline and consideration is an exercise in futility in the Philippines’ current incarnation

So there you have it. Just a few days after the HPG’s handover of the traffic control of EDSA from the MMDA, one exasperated trooper blurted out what level-headed Pinoys have been complaining about their co-citizens since Day 1: Maraming pasaway. Granted that the monster EDSA had become has been the result of years of […]

Is Being Broken now a Part of the Filipino Identity?

Everyone in Manila was probably infuriated with the metro-wide traffic jam that saw some tired, sleep-deprived and hungry workers trapped on the road for 5 hours. It’s a good thing we haven’t heard anything like another Rolito Go. Corollary to this is how broken the transport services are: the MRT which has fewer trains than […]

5 ways to decongest Metro Manila traffic

After neglecting the problem for nearly six years, it seems like the current government under President Benigno Simeon Aquino is finally addressing or at least acknowledging Metro Manila traffic congestion specially along Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) – the notorious highway once famous for street revolutions but is now looking more and more like […]

So Where Is The ‘Straight Path’ Headed?

You can read the Tagalog version of this article here… Ladies and gentlemen, it is 2015. Just a few more months from now before 2016 comes along and we will be given the opportunity to select a new leader that can lead us to progress. The problem is, so far though, where have we gotten […]

A new normal: Traffic snarled by floods caused by a bit of rain in Metro Manila

Back in the old days, being caught in traffic used to be a good excuse to be late for work or, for that matter, any appointment or date. Then heavy traffic became more the rule than the exception. So then it was the government’s turn to make excuses for snail-paced traffic. One of these excuses […]

The Philippines’ traffic problems will never be solved. Here’s why…

The thing with the traffic mess in Metro Manila is that it is easy to pontificate about the ideal long-term solutions — “consistent enforcement of traffic rules”, “construction of more roads”, “modernisation of public transport infrastructure”, etc. Indeed, all of those are the obvious solutions; solutions that should have been implemented a long time ago […]