Thinking positive: Philippine development priorities

By JoeAm An intelligent government need not be destined to failure, which seems to me to be the current path. Government’s priority today is to take care of the empowered elite rather than everyday Filipinos. That is failure. Clearly, when Jollibee, the Pope, and whole student bodies are cited as enemies of the State, we … Continue reading

Electrification and Decarbonization – what’s going on

By Chemrock This is the second part of a trilogy on electricity in Philippines split into: – The first part (Philippines Electricity Tariff Decoded) dealt with the high electricity tariff which showed that politics, corruption and competency issues are always inherent in the delivery of essential services. – This second part deals with the low … Continue reading

Philippines electricity tariff decoded

By Chemrock The Philippines’ electricity cost is one of the highest in the world. Is it really? And if so, what accounts for it? The easiest way out is to put the blame squarely on Cory Aquino for mothballing the Bataan Nuclear project as the underlying reason for costly electricity today. Die-hard Marcos supporters still … Continue reading

A troll by any other name is a sad, sad case of wasted Filipino

By JoeAm I had my first troll swarm on Facebook the other day, a simple post with a picture of Leni Robredo at Independence Day rites at Rizal Park, walking in the rain. The photo was accompanied by the text: “As President Trump refuses to attend ceremonies in the rain and President Duterte can’t wake … Continue reading

Wading through the Philippine information swampland

By JoeAm Have you ever hiked through a Philippine jungle swampland? It’s dangerous, plants that slice like razor blades or snag like fish hooks, nasty little bees that attack in swarms, always going for the eyes, large brown snakes dangling from the branches, crab holes just waiting to snap a leg, cobras slithering among the … Continue reading