Samira Gutoc—Rock Star

by Wilfredo G. Villanueva You have to see her to believe. It’s the energy, the quick laughter, the one-liners, folksy. Philippines, we have a rock star, and her name is Samira Gutoc, Sam for short. She’s exactly what the country needs, new blood instead of the same dynastic politics. She’s not a typical Muslim, she … Continue reading

Developing new disciplines to deal with modern ways

By JoeAm Our way of living is very different than the way people lived just 20 years ago. Regular contributor Edgar Lores recently provided a nice snapshot of what is going on: Increasing complexity. E.g. not only computers but also newfangled gadgets and ideas. The speed of change. E.g. Moore’s Law. The increased dimensions of … Continue reading

Tragedy of denial in the Philippines

By JoeAm I hope you had the opportunity to read Chemrock’s article entitled Tragedy of the Commons in the Philippines. It gets right to the heart of the personal and social malaise that infests the country leading to bad behaviors, bad decisions, and bad results. Poverty is the worst of the outputs. State-sanctioned murder is … Continue reading

The Philippines needs a wooden statue of Senator De Lima

By JoeAm I was awestruck by the outpouring of faith by Filipinos at the procession of the Black Nazarene. Around a million Filipinos hit the streets to profess their faith in . . . in . . . in . . . I am not sure what, in miracles? In Mary? In Jesus? In God? … Continue reading

Filipism is what ails the Philippines

By Chemrock Filipism is a belief system that the path to law and order is found by slaughtering drug dealers, users and innocents and totally subverting the criminal justice system, that defeatism and proffering economic opportunities to a strong intruder is the best foreign policy, that sexism and profanity are nouveau virtues, that ethical and moral … Continue reading