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

Why is the Philippines investing it oil? It’s old technology.

By JoeAm Oil is not technology, I suppose, but getting to it involves a lot of technology, especially if the wells are in deep seas. That means a lot of money is spent, too. The issue came to mind as I read a CNN report about a joint Philippine-Israeli agreement to explore the oceans west … Continue reading

Global warming, the end game for humanity, and the Philippines

By JoeAm I wonder how many Filipinos consider that their children who are now in school will have to deal with drastic, life-threatening impacts of climate change before they are middle-aged. Storms will be horrifying. Not just typhoons, but freak events like raging floods or killer lightning storms. Droughts. Heat. And even man-made disasters like … Continue reading

Is technological evolution our ticket to extinction?

By Chemrock Joe prodded me to blog on Bitcoin / blockchain recently. With my banking background I can probably scramble some decent words on Bitcoin. Blockchain however, is beyond my comprehension technically. Whilst reflecting on this, I was inspired to write on something interesting that springs off from this mundane subject. So, at the risk … Continue reading

Could the Duterte appeasement policy on the WPS be correct?

By JoeAm A recent article here by Chemrock explored how the Philippines ‘lost’ the West Philippine Sea (WPS) to China. There were two prominent historical moments that led to the loss: (1) The Philippines kicking out US bases in 1991, and (2) President Arroyo’s appeasement program. Other mistakes were made under President Aquino that aggravated … Continue reading