Philippine national character: obedient or responsible?

JoeAm My son is old enough now to do some healthy introspection, so we have been having a dialogue about how one becomes a healthy, happy, ‘successful’ human being. We’ve started by defining three planks of healthy development: Character Competence Knowledge Our exercise this morning erupted in a riot of laughter. He and I share … Continue reading

On the matter of criminal responsibility for 9 year old kids

By JoeAm House Speaker Arroyo and Senate President Sotto evidently intend to sponsor legislation to allow children as young as 9 years of age to be criminally responsible in the Philippines. The current age for criminal responsibility is 15 years of age. What are we to think of this? The arguments for it are those … Continue reading

Tragedy of the Commons in the Philippines

By Chemrock Juan has a few cows which graze daily in the small field outside the village, together with scores of other cows that belong to fellow villagers. He makes a decent living from milk production. An opportunity came for Juan to double his herd. He knows nothing about optimum herd size, but he has … Continue reading

Christmas is Us

By Wilfredo G. Villanueva Sharing with you two stories of Christmas. My Facebook public’s warm response to them is evidence that the country is awake, strong and caring. Touched Last night, on our way out of Ma Mon Luk restaurant on Quezon boulevard in Quezon city, Baby saw a boy about ten years old who … 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