The Chinese challenge

w By Irineo B. R. Salazar Just a few days ago, the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague decided that it has jurisdiction over the filing of a case based on the UNCLOS by the Philippines in the matter of the islands known by different names in the sea known by different names: … Continue reading

Opportunity, the energy untapped in the Philippines . . .

The Philippines today is driven by passion and a lot of it is misdirected as anger. Passion is an energy, a kind of motivational inspiration, not much different than electricity and it can be used to electrocute or empower. The Philippines is today more like a battery than a generator. The passions are deep and powerful … Continue reading

AlDub Love Defines the Country

w by Wilfredo G. Villanueva It’s a story that begs to be written. Again. It’s a story of every man, woman and child. Men and women were crying their hearts out in equal measure. The largest auditorium in the world with a seating capacity of 55,000 was filled to the uppermost seats, but hushed. All … Continue reading

Thinking critically vs critical thinking

Premise: Filipinos are experts at “thinking critically”, but they don’t do “critical thinking” all that well. I’m not making this up, so don’t go angry on me. It’s what Filipinos tell me and what the evidence before us shows. I’m going to elaborate on this to promote discussion. Call it critical thinking . . . Here are the differences between … Continue reading

Money Matters

w by Micha Let’s take a breather from the buzz of election campaign and talk about money – sovereign money, that is. It’s always been assumed that for a national gov’t to be able to spend it must have a corresponding income either from taxes, fees and fines, or revenues from gov’t owned and controlled … Continue reading