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

A Decision Matrix for the 2019 Senatorial Election

By Edgar Lores The midterm elections are upon us. Soon we will have the power to change our shared destiny. Soon we will have to make up our minds who to vote for. And soon we will decide who will govern us — hopefully in power wielded well and wise — at several levels: municipal, … 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

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

Electricity, Part 3: Epira is a lame duck with a non-performing WESM

By Chemrock The continuing high cost of electricity fuels clamor for repealing EPIRA (Electric Power Industry Reform Act 2001) and revert the power sector to a public run service.  Has Epira delivered on its mandate to bring about affordable electricity in a more efficient and competitive market? This is a 3-part series on electricity. The first … Continue reading