5 reasons why traffic congestion can be fatal

Philippine Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya is probably one of the stupidest public servants under the current Aquino government today. Not only is he seemingly incapable of fixing the traffic congestion and the dismal public transport system in the country, he also has a penchant for insulting the intelligence of both motorists and commuters — […]

AirAsia #QZ8501 en route from Surabaya to Singapore missing along with 155 passengers

Air Asia Flight QZ8501 remains missing hours after it lost radio contact with Jakarta Air Traffic Control (ATC) Sunday, 28th December 2014. The aircraft, an Airbus 320-200 had 155 passengers on board. According to reports, the plane lost contact with Jakarta ATC at 6:18 a.m. Surabaya time shortly after its pilots requested a deviation from […]

Best opportunity for the Philippines – A Manifesto for development

The following is a list of the real opportunities that exist and which could be grasped by an administration with sufficient foresight and determination. Agriculture. • Fine wool production. The land above 700 meters in Luzon, Mindoro, Panay islands and Batanes can support about 10 million Merino sheep producing about 80 million kilos of wool […]

President Noynoy Aquino claims sole credit for the new Laguindingan Airport in Cagayan de Oro

Trust Philippine President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino III to take credit yet again for a project progressed initially under the administration of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Despite undertaking a massive campaign to cancel key infrastructure projects initiated by Arroyo when he assumed office in 2010, the Aquino Administration has glided on the wind of many […]

More Rolls-Royce cars soon to be stuck in Manila’s traffic jams!

Making headline news for many days now: Rolls Royce comes to the Philippines and it is expecting to sell about 20 cars a year in “Asia’s fastest-growing economy” according to Bloomberg. “There’s enough room for the luxury market in the Philippines (PHGDPYOY),” Rommel Gutierrez, president of the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines Inc. […]

Overcoming idiotic Filipino drivers: Three tips for navigating Manila traffic

From a macro collective perspective, the Manila traffic situation is really a simple issue. What we call the “mess” that is Manila traffic is no more than an emergent property; a collective outcome of the idiotic behaviour of the system’s individual elements — Idiotic Filipino Drivers. Tell-tale signs of a truly idiotic driver is a […]

Manila as the gates of hell? It’s the river Styx too!

I bet the outrage over Dan Brown’s description of Manila as the “gates of hell” in his book Inferno is still fresh in the minds of many Filipinos. They really should learn to react properly to any less than desirable description that foreigners have of Filipinos, whether true or not. If it’s true, do something […]

Horrendous Manila traffic a normal thing for a people long accustomed to a hellish life

On my comfy half-hour train ride going home from work, I sat amused while observing a steady line of tweets and Facebook updates streaming down my mobile phone — the poignant helpless anguished cries coming from poor souls lost in the wilderness Manila’s steaming traffic jungle. And here I was just 15 minutes ago fuming […]