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The Ten Good Things About Our Country (or What We Stand to Lose)

By Wilfredo G. Villanueva A friend said he had stopped reading his Facebook feeds. “Why?” I asked. “They’re negative.” And so we have come to this: that what was once a prosperous or at least a forward-looking country is down in the dumps. My personal experience is evidence of the truth behind my friend’s observation. … Continue reading

Open Discussion #7: Accepting nominations for the barons of a mature democratic Philippines

I suspect many of us are tired of the nonsense infesting Philippine (and American) governance. The abuses of civility,  childish fights, and overweening ego-arrogance are just too much. It is the kind of thing we had to deal with as pubescent teens facing off against kids out to prove something, when they were not old … Continue reading

Open Discussion #6: Knowledge is relative, but acts are exact

Einstein theorized that space and time are relative and it seems to me that knowledge is the same. Yet we act with absolute confidence that what we think is what is real. It isn’t. Knowledge says we are better with earnest, civil leaders, but we elect people who for sure do not represent the best … Continue reading

Drug War deaths – the insult after the injury

By Chemrock Media says bodies from the drug war in Philippines are piling up in funeral parlours and if anyone say this is fake news, this photo tells a thousand stories. It’s from a UK media. Someone should tell Senator Cayetano that foreign media has all along been present in Philippines, there is no need … Continue reading

Open Discussion #5: What are we looking for in a Federalism proposal?

Federalism is proposed by President Duterte as a solution to the nation’s enduring problems, able to cure everything from poverty to bad governance to infrastructure development by ending Imperial Manila’s claim to power, resources, and importance and thereby allowing the joyful, harmonious, and efficient regions to cut through all the crap. I’m reminded of the … Continue reading