Why the State should NOT be Pro-poor for the Philippines to Prosper

Did you ever wonder why our government, constitution and laws are so pro-poor? Well, all you have to do is look at a Yellowtard LP rally, and you’ll find many nuns and clergy people holding placards. Catholicism indeed holds a tight grip on the country’s policies and it thrives on a pro-poor philosophy, always siding […]

Freedom from Democracy: Is it Time for Duterte to Abolish Congress?

Democracy stands for freedom. So essentially, “freedom from democracy” entails liberation from the clutches of freedom. Now why has freedom become fetters that keep the Philippines a struggling third-rate dirt-poor country amidst economic tigers in the region? Well democracy is actually a double-edged sword. While it gives us the benefit of that cool ecstatic feeling […]

Duterte’s #SONA2016 message: No time for blame games. We’ve got a job to do!

Many would have understood if President Rodrigo Duterte had devoted a big portion of his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) to blaming his predecessor. After all Duterte did acknowledge, just the same, that the Philippines is still in a “mess” and that Filipinos are suffering. But Duterte’s first SONA came across like a […]

It is with courage that we salute Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines’ new Chief Executive!

If a landslide vote catapulted now-President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to power, that same landslide vote did not influence the composition of Congress which remains utterly dominated by Liberal Party stalwarts. Indeed, amazingly enough, Franklin Drilon is set to keep his seat in the Senate despite being one of the most rabid of President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ […]

Anti-Marcos movements highlight a lack of national vision for the Philippines

We hear a lot about clamours to block the candidacy of vice presidential candidate Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr coming from the alleged ‘victims’ of the rule of his father, the late former President Ferdinand E Marcos. The most recent is one reportedly organised by “a coalition of martial law victims” calling their movement the ‘Campaign […]

Why Do Pinoys Hate Complexity?

After reading some of the comments on the GRP FB page, I spotted a comment about the way a lot of Pinoys prefer what they perceive as “simple” over what is “complex”. Now truth be told, simple is better in some ways. I myself am nearly driven to madness by complex math for instance. However, […]

The one hurdle the Philippines needs to jump to catch up with the rest of southeast Asia

Whatever this or any other crop of politicians vying for the hallowed vote of the Filipino say, it is evident that the Philippines continues to fall further and further behind most measures of success. The standards are being set by its neighbours in the otherwise vibrant southeast Asian region. For one thing, the Philippines’ competitors […]

Is there really any point in holding a presidential debate in the Philippines?

First of all, Filipino voters do not appreciate debates. They appreciate dance and singing numbers and seeing politicians mouth off the latest trending catchphrases. But when it comes to things that require thinking, guess what: Nosebleed! Indeed, if there is a national “debate” of consequence, it is happening only within a small clique of “politically […]